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Bio Max Mesman

Reflections

A this moment, the CD “Reflections” is rolling out on streaming media. The album contains 10 new and original compositions. Sound engineer Rene Kaaij from The Hague, Holland did the mixing and mastering for me.

I play all songs myself, including digital orchestral instruments and choirs. In my recording studio I use various Midi keyboards with various Kontakt instruments from Native Instruments. The recording is done in Ableton Live Suite 10.

It took about 10 months to produce the album. The CD version was ready for reproduction at the end of February 2020. The CD is self-published and can be ordered here.

The online version is published on approximately 30 streaming platforms and digital music shops, including Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music – iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, and many more.

Musical career

I was very active in music from the age of 12 to 22 (1970-1982). I played guitar, blues harmonica, flute, percussion, piano and electronic organ. At that time I experimented and improvised a lot, often in jam sessions with various musicians.

Important influence was my friend and multi-instrumentalist Ger Schäfer, who was best known in the nightlife of Zoetermeer, Holland. He was drummer, singer and guitarist in a band called Amaranth. But of course I am influenced by many musicians and resources.

After that I was decades busy working in the media industry. See my LinkedIn page for a summary.

In 2017 it felt urgent to me to finally record my musical compositions. As the English say, “Don’t let the music die in you.”

Once I started recording, it seemed like a tap was turned on. The songs continued to flow spontaneously and I now have about 100 on the digital shelf for future releases.

My musical taste and influences

If I could only listen to five albums, I would choose:

  1. Caravan – Canterbury Tales (1977)
  2. Genesis – Seconds Out (Live, 1977)
  3. Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid (1978)
  4. Supertramp – Crime of the Century (1974)
  5. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

My favorite Dutch band:
Focus – Focus II aka Moving Waves (1971)

Rock concert that impressed me the most:
Genesis in Groenoordhallen in Leiden, 1978.

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