Discovering Max Freegrant: An Interview with Ukranian Progressive Producer

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Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
March, 13 2020

Discovering Max Freegrant: An Interview with Ukranian Progressive Producer

With a back catalogue covering decades, Max Freegrant’s previous releases with Toolroom, Armada and Black Hole have seen success on in both the underground world and in the charts.

After what has already been a busy few months for Freegrant with the release of 3 new tracks, the Ukrainian producer fires on all cylinders with his fourth heater of 2020 and has even squeezed in time with us for a chat!

Introduce yourself, tell us a bit about you and how you got where you are?

I’m Maxim Kysil, but most know me as Max Freegrant. It all started 12 years ago in a small town (with a population of 40k people) in Ukraine – slowly but surely I went from a local DJ and producer to one of the most famous and respected progressive house producers eastern Europe. I’ve collaborated with well-known artists such as Jerome Isma-Ae, Stan Kolev, Paul Thomas, Sebastian Krieg, Adam K, Andre Sobota and many others and performed at gigs around the world. However, more recently I gone back to focusing on producing music and managing my label Freegrant Music

What was the first track you ever produced?

My first track was “Power Of The Light”, I released it on an African label :)

Your new track Nazar is out now on your label, Freegrant Music. What inspired this track?

I was inspired by my little son. This one-year-old baby inspires me every day!

For anyone who hasn’t heard your music before, how would you describe it?

Hmmm, it’s hard to talk about your own sound so I’ve described it with a quote from Mixmag – “A fusion of trance, house and progressive, it’s an effective showcase of what Freegrant and his record label does best”

What would you say has been your biggest achievement as a producer so far?

It is difficult for me to answer this question because I haven’t thought about it. I try to constantly evolve with every new release, so it’s a big achievement for me when it pays off.

Are you collaborating with anyone on any upcoming music projects?

Not at the moment, however, my dream artists to work with would be Eric Prydz and Joris Voorn. Aim high!

You’re from Kyiv in Ukraine can you tell us a bit more about what the electronic music scene is like there?

To be honest, the electronic music scene is quiet in Ukraine, so I don’t know much about it over here. For this reason, I focus my goals and personal objectives on what’s happening globally in the scene – thank goodness for the digital world

Finally, what’s next for Max Freegrant?

At the moment, my team and I are focused on developing our brand Freegrant Music. Last year we hit the top 15 best-selling Progressive House labels on Beatport and this year we hope to continue to grow. There are a lot of goals and plans set for this year, so I recommend following me and our label in socials.

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