021 Max Essa

021 Max Essa

Max Essa made his debut as a producer on the legendary Warp Records label in 1993. Throughout the ‘90s he went on to make records for many of the seminal house music labels of the era including Paperecordings, D.i.Y Discs/Strictly 4 Groovers and D-Vision in Italy. During this period he DJ’d at clubs such as the Hacienda in Manchester, Heaven In London as well as The End-Up in San Francisco and numerous parties in the U.K and Europe.

In 2005 Max started working with the London based label, Bear Funk. Since then he has produced two solo L.Ps (‘Continental Drift’ in 2009 and ‘White Shoes Blue Dreams’ in 2010) and two collaboration L.Ps with label boss, Stevie Kotey (Soiree’s ‘Zim Zim Zah Zah’ in 2009 and ‘The World of Progressive Disco’ in 2011). In 2010 Max released his second 12” on the Is It Balearic? record label. The main track, a 20-minute epic entitled ‘Panorama Suite’, received huge critical acclaim and cemented Max’s reputation as both a composer and producer. He followed this in 2011 with the highly successful ‘Feel It In Your Body’ which was championed by Andrew Weatherall and the flipside ‘Heartache’ which was playlisted by NYC disco legend, David Mancuso amongst others.

Since 2008 Max has been living in Japan and is a regular guest DJ at Tokyo clubs such as Loop, Unit, Eleven and Seco Bar. In 2010 he started his own record label called Jansen Jardin. The first few releases received major support from DJ’s such as Mark E, Soft Rocks and Dimitri from Paris and the label continues to go from strength to strength. Throughout 2011 Max was kept busy with remix work for labels such as Leng (Cantoma), Charles Webster’s Miso Records, Disques Sinthomme (NYC) and Nang records in London. In the Autumn he completed a European DJ tour which included dates in England, Norway, Sweden and Italy.

So far 2012 has seen Max lend his touch to remixes of Escort’s ‘Starlight’, No Logo’s ‘This City Never Sleeps’, for Chris Coco’s Melodica label, Windsurf’s ‘Weird Energy’ ,on the Japanese Catune imprint, and his vocal talents even turn up on Cos/Mes’ remix of Discodromo’s Samba Imperiale. Later this year we’ll see a new Soiree LP (with Stevie Kotey) on Bear Funk plus 12″ releases for Is It Balearic?, Valley Sounds and Jansen Jardin.

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