Maksym

Maksym

Boise, ID

About

I’m a Ukrainian American music artist based in Boise, ID. Maksym is my real name. I’m a DJ, producer and classically trained musician with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Born in Kiev in a family of accomplished musicians I was surrounded with music since my childhood and sang in a choir when I was a little boy. As early as I can remember, I was listening to music and pushing the limits of my parent’s stereo equipment, disassembling electronics and soldering wires. I started to DJ as a hobby using audio cassettes and vinyls in middle school first at home and then later at school dances. At the age of 11, I started to learn drums and percussion in music school. I continued to have random DJ gigs in high school and slowly started to build my music library of audio CD discs. After graduating from music school with honors at the age of 17, I passed exams for the National Music Academy of Ukraine. Here I got my Bachelors and later Masters degree in Music Arts also graduating with honors. By this time I was regularly playing my DJ sets and was working as a resident DJ in local night clubs after completing formal DJ training. Parallel to this I worked with entertainment company creating themed or hourly music compilations and mixes for hotels, lounges, bars and clubs. I’ve had amazing opportunities to travel, perform and record with exceptional musicians in different orchestras and bands; covering every possible music genre. I’ve opened, played back to back and shared decks with many great popular DJ’s After a few festivals and shorter contracts at hotel night clubs in Europe, I got my first cruise ship contract. I worked for Radisson Cruises (French Polynesia) then for Regent (Australia-New Caledonia-Fiji-Tonga-Cook Islands) and after that for Royal Caribbean (Seattle-Canada-Alaska-SF-LA-Mexican Riviera) where we met with my dear future wife before she became Effy K. In 2008 I got back to Kiev where I started to work as Project Manager in a prominent event planning agency. I continued to record and perform with bands as well as DJ shows. In October of 2008 I co-produced and DJ’d at O2 Arena (London) for a Halloween after party with 4 live drummers, extended guitar and saxophone solos. Since I moved to Boise in 2010, I’ve met with many great local musicians, toured PNW and made good music with notable bands including ALARMs, Lounge On Fire and Like A Rocket. I was part of iconic Crowbar, LIT@The Balcony and Radio Boise. I’ve played at multiple local dance parties and events with We Out Here, Kaleidisco, Pray for Snow, Idaho Decomp and Treefort. I’m currently a resident DJ at The Balcony Club.