"I Remember jam sessions at my parent's house when I was a kid and seeing how everyone reacted to it. This was very influential to me. Playing guitar and singing has always been a great release, whether it be playing a cover or writing my own song." - Max Fredericks.
In 1997, Max had his first EP release 'Seize The Moment' which received national airplay on Triple J. Featured on this album was the catchy, infectious song 'Happy' which, if the appropriate marketing and advertising had been an available option it could well have been a hit single. 'Happy', is still a favourite amongst his loyal legion of fans and Max has performed this on 'am Adelaide', a local morning show.
Rip It Up Magazine wrote - 'give the lad heavyweight management and major label support and songs like 'Happy' and 'Worse Off Now' would probably become just as over-played and irritatingly etched on your brain as yer average Oasis number'
Ondit Magazine wrote - 'Who can resist the infectiously cute lyrics of 'Happy'
dB Magazine wrote - 'In a perfect world Max would be another Liam Gallagaher or Damon Albarn'
In the year 2000, Max joined 'The Beatals', in some states known also as 'The Fab Four', now renowned as one of the world's leading Beatles cover bands. They have played is prestigious venues such as, The Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Arts Theatre and are regular, honoured, invited guests at the prestigious Beatlefest in Liverpool having performed before the inimitable Liverpool crowd at the world famous Cavern Club
It must be every musician's dream to record in studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London, a shrine in the music world. Max's talents have earned him this accolade on two occasions, firstly in August 2001 when the band recorded one of his original songs 'Is It Over?' as part of a compilation album titled, 'Why Don't We Do It In Abbey Road'. Max has actually now 'done it twice' in Abbey Road, the second time in August 2003 when the band played and recorded a 1 hour live gig on the hallowed ground of studio 2.
With The Beatals/Fab Four, Max has had the honour to perform alongside the distinguished Australian Philharmonic Orchestra in such influential venues to include, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Concert Hall, Burswood Theatre in WA and the Adelaide Entertainment Centre
In 2003, Max entered Musicoz, as you are aware, this is Australia’s largest music awards competition for unsigned artists. His song ‘Beautiful’ earned him a place in the top 100, just missing out on a top 50 placement, reaching number 51 in the alternative section. A tremendous outstanding achievement for a first time entrant, competing with over 6,000 talented, enthusiastic musicians, all anxious for success and recognition.
2005 saw the release of ‘Leaving Bloomfield Ave’ and Max’s departure for Darwin. The album sold extremely well and songs like Happy, Coffee Cup, You’re the one for me and Make love like you’re being filmed still feature regularly at solo gigs. You will even hear the audience singing most of the words. Max was also one of the support acts for The Violent Femmes in March of this year…
In 2006, Max was added to a worldwide line up on a charity cd for Beatles and beyond with the song ‘To all my friends’. The album, ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ has sold tremendously and continues to support land mine victims.
The past few years has seen Max gigging, teaching songwriting, writing and recording. With over forty songs up his sleeve he is currently whittling this down to EPs of five songs. The next release will be August 2019. Stay tuned!!
2005- Violent Femmes
2006- Screaming Jets
2006- Sarah McLeod (ex The Superjesus)
2007- 28 Days
2008- Pete Murray
2008- The Audreys
2009- Screaming Jets
2009- Jimmy Barnes
2011- Cold Chisel
2012- V8 Supercars- Potbelleez, Simple Plan, Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes
2014- V8 Supercars- National Anthem
2015- V8 Supercars- John Farnham
2016- V8 Supercars- The Living End
2017- Rugby World Cup: Australian National Anthem
2018- OTD: John Farnham, Black Sorrows, Daryl Braithwaite and Taxiride