Little is known about Max von Sternberg, the producer from Vienna that calls Berlin home, and that may be by design: Max’ brutally honest productions emanate authenticity and character, and the music takes centre stage. His bold, ambitious sound is emblematic of an artist dedicated to his vision with uncompromising fervour, and his productions have become an underground staple in just the first year of his project.

For his next output he lands on New Tab. delivering a sublime 3-track EP, including a remix by masters Adana Twins. Berlin-based, Max is a new entrant to the scene, but one who is already making waves with cutting-edge music of impeccable taste.

 

Hey Max, welcome to Deep House London! Where are you in the world right now?

Hey Deep House London, first of all thanks for the invitation, I’m in Vienna right now preparing my upcoming shows.

Congratulations on the new release, that’s a big deal! What was the inspiration for it?

Thank you, I really appreciate you saying that. My inspiration for the EP came from my current interest in melodic techno tracks with a slight touch of indie dance. For example, “Whitesquare” and “Argy” do that really well, so I got inspiration from these kind of tracks.

How did you get in touch with New Tab for this EP?

Well, when I saw the first release by Carlo Whale and of course the Echonomist remix, I was really impressed by the sound and of course the excellent visual design by New Tab. Since the beginning of our partnership, I’ve been very happy with the work that the label and I are doing together. I think the people who work there are very authentic.

We also love the Adana Twins remix. Did you or the label team up with them for that?

When the originals were done, we decided together to choose an artist for a reinterpretation. After a few ideas, we came up with these two guys who then made a great track that I couldn’t be happier with.

When you guys are making music, do you have certain labels in mind or is that not something something you think about?

I usually have a vision in mind and then decide which label fits that vision.
Specifically in the case of New Tab, I had a few ideas that I thought would fit the new label, but I didn’t push myself too hard to adopt their style.

What does your creative process look like? Do you have certain ideas before you start production?

My ideas come from my inspiration, which I already mentioned, so yes, I have certain ideas that I try to realize while I’m jamming in the studio.

Have you been able to road test the new EP yet? How were the reactions of the audience?

This is something I never get tired of. Playing my unreleased tracks to the public and getting their feedback is one of the reasons I love what I do. For me as an artist, seeing people relate to my music is maybe one of the most important aspects. I recently played a few shows to test out the new EP and the response was great.

How does it feel to be back on tour? Is that something you missed during the pandemic?

My work as a musician is still fairly new, so the pandemic didn’t have as big an impact on my career as it has for others. Nevertheless, the long time helped my creative process a lot, so now I’m very happy with my results. But in fact, I’m glad that I can finally present my projects live.

What are your current favorite labels and artists?

Right now I think Siamese, ATLANT, Radikon, Eclectic and of course NewTab are doing great work. When it comes to artists, it’s a little harder to name all my favorites. Emerging artists like 19:26 or Massano and other artist are always interesting to me.

In your eyes, what are the key elements for a perfect party?

Usually there are several conditions and factors that influence a perfect party. Excellent music, a carefully selected audience with people who love music, a well-tuned sound system and a proper lighting system should help to create an outstanding event, but at the end of the day it is important to create a mood that makes people happy.

Is there anything else you guys have going on in the near future that you can tell us about? Big gigs? New music?

There is of course some music in the making to be released later this year. The next thing I can talk about is another Ep on ‘Artminding’, a Berlin befriended label of mine, where I will soon release an Ep with two great remixes by Jonas Saalbach and Sofia Kourtesis, which I am very excited about. There are also other nice and surprising things coming up, but unfortunately I can’t talk about them in detail right now. All I can say is that you should keep your eyes open in the coming months.

You can purchase ‘Love Is The Law’ EP HERE