After years of rejected record producer demos, Albanian dance-pop artist, Ava Max has skyrocketed to the top charts. At the age of just 17, she moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of her dreams. In the beginning, Max was merely competing in numerous middle school singing competitions when she was only eight years old and it launched her passion for music.
Max is very humble about her current status. ‘I can’t believe it because all those years of disappointment and now seeing fans react and relate, it just makes me feel happy.’ Max stated in an Idolator interview. ‘I don’t take anything for granted, that’s for sure.’
“I’ve been wanting this since I was like five or six- like to perform on stages and really just release music and to have it connect with people- and to have it actually be happening with ‘Sweet but Psycho’ and now ‘So Am I’, I just can’t wait to release the album so people can really see who I actually am as an artist.”
In 2018, Max finally had a breakthrough with her music after working tirelessly to ain more momentum. Cirkut, the producer of Max’s “Sweet but Psycho” was her saving grace.
“He is a very talented producer and he pretty much brought my sound to life. When I was working with other producers, no one could ever really crack the code. I would be like, ’I want it to feel like, big like Beyoncé production, but mixed with Britney, but also Ace of Base, but also a little Shania Twain because I love Shania Twain, like just me. When we got into the studio together, he just instantly knew my writing needs and he just brought it to life- it gave wings to my songs.”
Max recently became the only current artist to have two songs in the top 10 European Airplay.
“Wait, what? Wait, I didn’t know that! That is so cool! Well, I am originally European- I’m Albanian. I was born in the states, both my parents were immigrants to America and they worked super hard to get to where they’re at and they basically just taught me to never give up and they were just my soul inspiration, so to see that it just makes me feel like ‘Wow, hard work pays off.’
Read the rest of our cover feature with Ava Max in the July 2019 issue of Beyond The Stage Magazine here.
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