Feature: We Play 'What Song...' with Max Lawrence

Monday, February 4, 2019
Photo by Jeff Andersen Jnr.

Melbourne artist Max Lawrence recently shared his glorious debut EP Chlorophyll. To celebrate its release, he takes us through the story behind some of his favourite tunes and why they're special to him.

What song reminds you of your youth?
My big brother always used to BLAST Chop Suey by System of a Down in his room and I would always join him in a head-banging sesh, rocking out around his room and being scoundrels, and whenever I hear them nowadays it takes me back there.

What song would you love to sample? 
I've always wanted to sample a Kate Bush song, maybe 'Waking the Witch' with all the voices whispering 'Wake Up' and the beautiful, simple piano in the intro of the song. That song always get's me really emotional.

What song did you last listen to?
I last listened to 'Fruitflies' by Gabriel Garzon Montano, it's one of those songs I always keep coming back to, and his whole 'Jardin' album is soooo incredible.

What song do you wish you collaborated on? 
Oh damn, I wish I could work on anything with John Grant, namely 'Pale Green Ghosts'. I think it's a really cool synthesis between electronic music and orchestral elements, and he's an amazing songwriter.

What song is your ultimate party track?
'Let's Dance' by David Bowie never fails to get me turnt up, but also an honourable mention to 'Forget Me Nots' by Patrice Rushen. As SOON as I hear that bass line I lose my mind (I'm a big sucker for disco)

What song was your favourite track of last year?
Oh my god, so many. If I was to whittle it down to one it would be 'Rank & File' by Moses Sumney. It's such an incredibly crazy song not only musically, but vocally and lyrically. That man continues to blow my mind again and again, and is a massive inspiration for my music.

Listen to Chlorophyll by Max Lawrence below: