On Saturday 29th May 2010 longtime Samurai hosts Groove Pleasure & Groovepressure take their Socialeyes party to Corsica Studios in London with dj’s Justin Robertson, Max Cooper, Robin Ball, Colin Dale, Elite Force, Bar9, Rob Sparx & Robin Beats. Leading up to the party we are bringing you mixes and features from those artists and for this third installment Groove Pleasure present Max Cooper.
Before breaking through with the underground smash 'Harmonish Serie' in early 2009 - a Raveline "heavy rotation" track and a top 5 vinyl hit in Germany - Max Cooper already had releases on more than 20 labels like Traum, Perc Trax, Autist, and veryverywrongindeed, and he'd been DJing for more than 10 years.
And now he is increasingly focused on trying to align the visual and live side of performance - one of the reasons that IDJ magazine named him one of its 10 producers to watch for 2010, with DJ magazine getting in earlier and calling him someone to watch right now. His remixes now stretch across the indie and electronica worlds - Hot Chip, Au Revoir Simone - then straight into the depths of European dancefloors with acts like Extrawelt, Ricardo Tobar, and Dominik Eulberg. His fans, meanwhile, include key DJs like Digweed, Slam, Patrice Baumel, Popof, Pig and Dan, Dubfire, Alexi Delano - and especially Gui Boratto and Hot Chip, both of whom have used Max's tracks for their compilations.
The clubs, also, love Max's productions and his unquestioned ability to create a unique mood as a live act or as a DJ. He's playing an increasing number of techno landmarks like Fabric and right across Europe - Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Zurich, Russia, Paris, and all over the UK and Germany, including headlining the upcoming Gotwood Festival.
"If I get a feeling about a track," Cooper says, "I drop everything and get straight to the studio. I often start something new at 3AM on a Tuesday morning. If I reflect on an idea until the next day, it becomes diluted".
The key to each production, always, is emotion. "Anything can trigger an idea," he says, "a film, light reflecting off a window, anything really. It’s all about bringing together influences and experiences which are individual to you, in order to create something original to you. I don’t believe in the magical creation of ideas out of nothing. And there are no magical chords which make all people feel exactly the same way ..."
Interview with Max Cooper