iTunes Album Of This WeekJuly 14th, 2008
Max Graham – Cycles
The art of the DJ is not always about that big main room, peak time, hands in the air experience. One of the most difficult things to master, for any artist, is also the essential craft of warming up the dance floor. Being able to take a crowd at their very beginning and draw them into the music, step by step, bit by bit increasing the pace and the tempo, the beats and the melody until you have them in the palm of your hand and are unready to unleash the mother of all sets, is something that takes time, practice and an inbuilt ability to read the party. Something that Canadian legend Max Graham has in abundance.
Renowned around the world as a master of both warm-up and main set, Max’s beautifully tempered mixing has an initial delicacy and finesse that builds through into a mind-blowing big time dance floor explosion, giving you exactly what you want from the music before leaving you on a hypnotically euphoric conclusion. Here on the first in his Cycles series, he perfectly demonstrates this concept, giving you the ultimate Max Graham experience across two stunning CDs.
‘When I’m performing, I love to open the night myself,’ Max says. ‘A lot of touring DJs like to wait till the club is packed to start their set; I would rather start when the first person walks in the door. It’s a chance for me to dictate the vibe, set the tone, to craft the experience from the first beat. I love seeing that first person walk in the room, find their spot, get that first drink, see that smile of anticipation on their face.’
For Max, opening a night is a delicate art, one that requires an understanding of the subtler parts of music. ‘There’s something about each track in the first hour or so having just one element more than the previous one, that extra high hat or a bigger bassline, a slight build to draw attention from the clubbers but not enough to give them what they want, that comes later.
‘For ‘Cycles’ I wanted to show that vibe. The first part of the album is more of an opening set, where the beats pick up in energy but don’t give it all away right away. I love to tease, to make people beg for that peak time energy. Then when they get it, it’s that much more satisfying and rewarding. Give it up too soon and you lull them into complacency. If you wait for the right time to really take off everyone leaves a lot happier.
‘CD2 is that peak time vibe that leads into the melodic and emotional cool down that I try to always include in a 2, 3 or 6 hour set. That moment when you’re exhausted from the dance floor session and it becomes more of a ‘listen’ than a ‘high energy jump around the room’ vibe, but still has that ‘is he really doing this right now?’ sound – just when you think it’s ending and it picks back up for the last few tracks.
‘I really hope this CD conveys that experience, it’s how I pictured it when making it, it’s how I picture it every time I step up to the decks. I truly love my job and I hope it shows’_
01 Max Graham – Intro
02 Analog People In A Digital World – The Envelope Of Life
03 Oliver Moldan & Patric La Funk Good Fellas (Patch Park Remix)
04 Max Graham – Frozen
05 David Tort & DJ Ruff meets DJ Disciple – Destination (La Sexy Mix)
06 Patch Park – Got that M!
07 Dubfunk – Mandala (Patch Park Mix)
08 Lemon 8 – New York New York (Patch Park mix)
09 Simon & Shaker vs. Groove Garcaa – Soultech! (Simon & Shaker Remix)
10 Roland Klinkenberg – Dusty Horizons (Max Graham Mix)
11. Mango – Handelskai
12. Analog People In A Digital World – The Violet Trip
01. Max Graham – Intro
02. Tim Le El & Wollion – Bodymovin’ (Inpetto Remix)
03 KOS – Zero To Hero
04 EDX – Premiumline
05 Max Graham – Turkish Delight
06 Marcus Schössow – Swedish Beatballs (Max Graham Remix)
07 Soliquid – Music Is For Rich People (Mat Zo Remix)
08 David West & Orkidea – God’s Garden
09 Mat Zo – Fumar
10 Cressida – 6AM (Kyau & Albert Remix)
11 Max Graham feat Jessica Jacobs – I Know You’re Gone (Whelan and DiScala Remix)
12 Ketho feat. Michael Calderone – Silent Room
13 Mitiska & Medina – After Hours Ensemble (David West Remix)