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Deep J Max

Montreal, Canada

House

Biography

Max Julien is one of those rare artists which have made music his life and blood, in nearly all facets of the industry, for most of his life. An innovator with multiple talents and a veteran of over 2,600 events, underground music has been the main passion that has driven this highly-talented DJ/producer since bursting onto the scene when he was hired for his first professional club DJing gig in Montreal, way back in 1984.

Spinning a unique blend of deep, dark, and deLicious tribal-based house vibes, with occasional forays into the groovier and funkier side of hous, influenced by over two decades of music and research, DJing is but a fraction of his talent. Max has also gained a worldwide reputation with his penmanship, writing insightful articles, reviews, and interviews, under his DeepJ Max moniker, on the planet’s underground music industry, mostly for EDMM.ca and IgniteSystems.com, including his critically-acclaimed monthly column, DeepSound, also the name of his popular DJ events.

His decision to come out of retirement in 2003 was solidified on April 8, 2006 when he was hand-picked as Victor Calderone opener at one of the top underground clubs on the planet, Montreal’s Stereo. Not only did Max excel even beyond his own expectations, the veteran described his experience as the highlight of his long 22-year career. Stereo personnel were so impressed they immediately booked him to play the famous ‘Sound Of Montreal’ event the following June 3.

The ageless veteran had spun his magic in the 1980s and early 1990s, notably at Montreal’s memorable Mars, Alcatraz, Thunderdome, Lime Light, Sphinx, and September€™s, concentrating on both alternative and dance music. It was at Mars, in 1989, where he, along with DJ Andre Legatos, introduced a new form of music to Canadians ‘ new beat ‘ the immediate forerunner to what is now known as techno. Musical experimentation had been nothing new for Max as he had also been one of the first anywhere to play house music to packed dancefloors.

In the fall of 1991, Max gave up turntables for almost seven years, only to be temporarily coaxed out of retirement in 1998 to host Sphinx’s highly-popular classic alternative nights. Nevertheless, Max’s focus was on his career in sports management, so a full-time return to his passion would have to wait.

Max’s first love is electronic music, so despite barely touching a record since 1991, the spinmeister was quickly hired in 2003 for two Montreal residencies after word had spread that he was thinking of making another serious go at it. However, despite hesitating to commit on a full-time basis, he finally made up his mind to do just that in 2004. Since then, Max has quickly risen up the musical ladder, holding residencies or playing such important clubs and parties in not only Montreal (such as Stereo, Sommet, Gravity Afterhours, Turbo Afterhours, Stereobar, Sky, Kitty Lounge, Publix, Velvet, Beach Club, Rosalie, Wax Lounge, Typhoon Lounge, Utopia(n), Boodha Bar, Sunset Nightclub, Le Local, 005, Silver, Mascarade, Carte Blanche, NoDanGer, and the famous Firemen’s Ball), as well as across Canada and the United States (such as Boston’s Rise). Max also held a DJ residency at the great 135 Pearl in Burlington, Vermont and is slated to import DeepSound to South America and Europe for the first time very soon.

He can also be heard live on the Internet twice a week, with DeepTuesdays on Techno.fm (Tuesdays) and DeepSound Radio on Beatboxradio.com (Fridays and Sundays). Furthermore, he recently worked as a consultant on an upcoming episode of Dance Nation for BPM:TV, Canada’s only television channel dedicated to dance music. An upcoming DJ Spotlight show on that same station, featuring DJ Max Julien, is also slated to air in the fall of 2006.

As DeepJ Max, he is also known as the Premier writer on Canada’s underground music scene since 2003, in which he has interviewed countless DJs, such as Mark Anthony, Big Al, Brad Copeland, Robert de la Gauthier, Christian Farley, Stephan Grondin, DJ Insomnia, Eddy Jasmin, jojoflores, Joubin, Marc Laflamme, Marco V, Desyn Masiello, Gilles Massicotte, Craig Mitchell, DJ Paulette, Pink Feria, Preach, Jay Prouty, Peter Rauhofer, Luc Raymond, Hector Romero, Sami Dee, Slobodan (aka Staffan Ehrlin), Mat Ste-Marie, Tom Stephan, Tiësto, Danny Torrence, Armin Van Buuren, Manny Ward, WizZ, XL, Yaz, and Saeed Younan, as well as label founder Mark Reeder (of Flesh and MFS).

His resume of DJ reviews is even more impressive. The list includes Mark Anthony, Astral Projection, Bruno Brown, Victor Calderone, Marco Carola, Derrick Carter, Chus & Ceballos, Ferry Corsten, Carl Cox, John Creamer & Stephane K, Deep Dish, Demi, Depeche Mode, John Digweed, Dimitri From Paris, DJ Dan, DJ Vibe, Luke Fair, Mark Farina, Felix Da Housecat, Josh Gabriel, Johan Gielen, Stephan Grondin, Danny Howells, Tony Humphries, Infected Mushroom, Joubin, Sander Kleinenberg, Frankie Knuckles, Steve Lawler, Liquid Todd, Timo Maas, Marco V, Miguel Migs, Misstress Barbara, Angel Moraes, David Morales, Nevio, Paul Oakenfold, Guy Ornadel, Anthony Pappa, Oscar G, Preach, Peter Rauhofer, Luc Raymond, Roger Sanchez, Ivan Smagghe, Christian Smith, Tom Stephan, Stereomovers, Danny Tenaglia, Tiësto, Tiga, Danny Torrence, Armin van Buuren, Sven Väth, Alain Vinet, Manny Ward, Nick Warren, XL, and Yaz.

He has also critiqued big parties such as Bal en Blanc 2003 (Couchpotatoes, Misstress Barbara/Barbara Brown, Mark Oliver, Roger Sanchez, Armin van Buuren, Junior Vasquez), Montreal’s Gay Pride T-Dance 2003 (Mark Anthony, Alain Vinet), Black & Blue 2003 (with Mark Anthony, James Anderson, Tedd Patterson, Paulette, Mat Ste-Marie, Stereomovers), Celebration 2004 (Roy Davis Jr., DJ Rap, Eddy Jasmin, Joubin, Miche & Sultan, Philgood), Bal en Blanc 2004 (Preach, Armin van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Marco G, Jester, Peter Rauhofer, Laflèche, Deep Dish), Cream 2004 (Alain Vinet, Desyn Masiello, John Digweed, Ferry Corsten, Sander Kleinenberg, Deep Dish), Black & Blue 2004 (Gilles Massicotte, Michael Kaiser, Roger Sanchez, Chus & Ceballos, Mark Anthony), Bal en Blanc 2005 (Bruno Brown, Jester, David Morales, Peter Rauhofer, Deep Dish, Marco G, Benny Benassi, Tiësto, and Preach), Montreal’s Gay Pride T-Dance 2005 (Robert de la Gauthier, DJ Disciple, Jester, Alain Vinet, and Nicolas Torriero), Black & Blue 2005 (Mat Ste-Marie, Éloi Brunelle, Chus & Ceballos, and Danny Tenaglia), Celebration 2006 (Sean Miller, Paul Oakenfold, Franco Fabi, Steve Lawler, Stéphane Lippé), and Bal en Blanc 2006 (Danny Torrence, Alain Vinet, David Guetta, Stephan Grondin, Peter Rauhofer, Deep Dish, Marco G, Nic Fanciulli, Armand van Buuren, Infected Mushroom, Preach).

Max Julien also leads a double life! Concentrating on his career in sports communication since 1999, Max has worked for the Canadian Football League, Montreal Alouettes (CFL), Montreal Rocket (QMJHL), Montreal Wingstar (NWHL), Montreal Impact (USL), and Ottawa Renegades (CFL), the latter two as Director of Communications. Now simply plying his craft as a sportswriter, Max covers the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and Montreal Impact.

So, whether it be spinning at one of the best clubs or parties in Montreal, the rest of Canada, the United States, or elsewhere, producing music, or writing his many columns, Max is back with a renewed passion and a new vengeance.