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Max Gilkes Biography
Max grew up in a fragmented musical environment picking up pieces wherever he could find them, on the radio, his grandparents piano, his older brothers record collection – no wonder early influences range from JS Bach, through Thin Lizzy to Barbara Streisand, and although it was probably Angus Young who firs inspired him to pick up a guitar it was the discovery of the Motown sound and soul legends such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield that provided the most profound direction.
His first releases were with acoustic guitar duo MAP. MAP received much critical acclaim and tracks can still be heard in lots of TV programmes, most recently the X Factor! For the last three years he has worked as a session player, producer, and co-writer with many contemporary artists ranging from John Leckie to Lily Allen (for whom he received a platinum disc for his work on the album ‘Alright Still’), and from Renee Zelwegger to Peter Andre!!.
For the last 2 years Max has been writing and recording this debut solo album and his recent performing career has seen him share stages with Eddie Reader, Sixpence, None the Richer, Eliza Carthy, Katherine Williams, Boo Hewardine, Brian Kennedy, Dar Williams, Thomas Dolby, Carina Round, Ocean Colour Scene, and Nerina Pallot. Max performs both solo (acoustic) and with his stellar 4 piece electric band.