Behind a sly smile and genteel persona lies Chicago’s newest master of thoughtful, soul-shaking house. Over the past several years, Max Jacobson has risen to the forefront of Chicago’s electronic music scene. From the city’s top clubs to its infamous underground spaces, a legion of fans has been electrified by Max’s unmistakable sound.
Combining a love of classic house with the deepest edges of the techno vanguard, Max’s ear is tuned toward swirling, moody atmospherics and stripped down layered funkâ€”all mixed with a slice of sex and the gentle caress of a soft, driving kick drum. His sets have the rare power to be all things to all people. They make DJs think, boys sweat, and girls move.
The list of Max’s accomplishments is impressive. He has played alongside a veritable who’s who of industry favorites: Raresh, Richie Hawtin, tINI, D’Julz, Rhadoo, and Delano Smith, among others. His adventurous tastes have landed him international bookings in Berlin, Ibiza, France, Mexico City, and beyond. With fellow partner in crime Mantas Steles he founded tied, a party series that anchors Chicago to its underground roots.
But what’s most exciting for Max is his blossoming production career. Described by Kate Simko as the freshest new house producer in Chicago, his last EP on his own imprint Tied debuted at #27 in the top 100 in minimal releases and made’ its way to #9, and another recent release on Half Seas Over made it to #27 in the top minimal sales chart.
2017 sees many new releases and gigs from Max. As he keeps pushing his sound forward, expect great things from Max, an established young artist for whom everything is possible.