Meet Max Frost, a 23-year-old producer and songwriter born and raised in Austin, Texas.
Frost picked up his first instrument at the age of 8, began writing at age 14-15, and decided to pursue music full-time after dropping out of the University of Texas at age 19. His first single, “White Lies” had major internet success and quickly he was signed to Atlantic Records in June 2014.
His musical styling combines elements from multi-genres, including hip-hop production styles and blue inspired vocals, because Frost is “interested in the idea of combining modern rhythms with classic vintage tones in his music.” We sat down with Max Frost to discuss his latest EP Intoxication out September 25, 2015.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE CREATIVE PROCESS FOR THIS EP? WHERE DOES THE TITLE INTOXICATION COME FROM?
The creative process always encompasses instrumentals and production. I start with different beats. This album was different because I worked with other producers and outsiders. I had never produced anything while being on a major label with a lot of people who knew what they were doing. The EP reflects the submergence into the new world where I was able to work full time. Intoxication is based off that new world. All the songs are portraying love, the fear of death, and money personifying them as chemicals. That’s where the title comes from.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG OFF THE ALBUM?
“Paranoia” because it combines more music styles and production elements into one song, while still being coherent and flowing.
WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS?
The Beatles because of the craze they started, Frank Sinatra, and hip-hop in general because at 17 or 18 I started making beats for rappers in Austin so hip-hop will always be my roots.
WHAT HAVE THE BIGGEST STRUGGLES BEEN AS A MUSICIAN?
The hardest part has been constant pressure I’ve put on myself after signing to Atlantic. There are all these people who are your internal family and team, they believe in you and put themselves behind all of your music. During this transition, I wasn’t getting to practice anymore, everything mattered. You do have the liberty to make music you don’t have to put out, but the label’s opinion on everything still matters.
OTHER THAN MUSIC IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY?
I have always had an interest in acting, I’ve done several short films, but music is currently consuming my life.
Who IS YOUR MUSICAL GUILTY PLEASURE?
WHAT IS FAVORITE MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?
I met Quincy Jones [composer and record producer for musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin with 79 Grammy nominations and 27 wins] when I was in LA a few months ago, so it was amazing to spend some time with him.
WHAT MUST YOU HAVE WHEN ON TOUR?
Must have a Frisbee, I have to be able to get out and do something active for a second. A football is a little more dangerous and a Frisbee is a little more Austin.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO TOUR?
Kansas City has been amazingly engaged in shows. The west coast is always great because of the weather. I’m always surprised the cities that are more embracive of my career are the cities I would never expect.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
I am going to finish the year with touring on the west coast. It starts in Austin and goes up through Canada. I want to play a lot more of the US in 2016.
CATCH MAX FROST’S FULL EP INTOXICATION AND TOUR DATES BELOW.