DJ Max Chapman discusses his career ahead of set at Sankeys East, Romford
PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:33 17 March 2017
This weekend, house and techno DJ Max Chapman will be headlining at Sankeys East to perform an energetic eight-hour set.
Most of like to lock ourselves away in our bedroom to relax and binge watch TV, read a book and be generally unproductive while enjoying our hobbies.
Max Chapman, on the other hand, has made a career out of his hobby of making music, after years of dedication to his passion.
The former plumber has spent the last six years showcasing his music and will head to Sankeys East, North Street, Romford, tomorrow (Saturday) for a headline eight-hour set.
It is fitting that Max will be performing one of his biggest sets in Sankeys East, as it was after a night out at a Sankeys venue that his music career started to take off.
“I moved to Australia and was making music in my bedroom and the only reason I came home was someone wanted to sign me but that didn’t happen.
“So I went to Sankeys one night with a load of CDs, got a bit drunk, and lost them.
“Someone must have found one because I got a call a few days later and I appeared on Pete Tong’s show a week later.
“I’ve headlined Sankeys before, in Manchester, but it’s the first time I’m doing one all night – it’s a long time to be playing.
“There couldn’t be a better place, it’s fairly local for me, I’m just hoping we can fill the place up.
“It’s being streamed live on Facebook all night so it’s got to be done properly.
“I’m a bit stressed because it’s just me playing, but the difference is a lot of people don’t enjoy their work but I love mine.”
Max credits his years of working on his music, as well as the help of his management, for his recent success and says you have to have the passion and dedication for your music to be successful.
“It seemed like a very slow start but it’s getting there now. Since I’ve had management really everything has blown up, I think I needed someone by my side,” he said.
“It’s something I did for fun that grew into a career.
“I had my own plumbing business so I always had that but about a year and a half ago I just gave up because I was earning a lot more than I would have been from plumbing.
“The most stressful side is finding time to learn it. When you have got a full-time job, nine out of 10 people, when they get home, just want to shower and relax and unfortunately for three years that wasn’t the case at all for me.
“I was literally going to work, getting home, making music until three or four in the morning and then getting up at six.
“I was that into it that sometimes I’d be up to five and would have to call the boss at six and say I don’t feel well.”
Saturday’s set will also be the first chance for revellers to use their ‘Family Membership’ card which offer free entry to a number of different Sankeys events, from Ibiza to London.
Max said he likes to the idea of the cards as “there’s nowhere else in Romford that is as good as that club”.
You can sign up for a family membership at sankeyseast.com.
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