In this exclusive interview we delve into the world of Max Bartos, a multi-talented artist renowned for originating the role of Darren in Sing Street the musical. Known for his distinctive blend of "Romantic Alternative Punk" music, Max infuses his self-taught musical prowess, playing six instruments, with influences from Broadway and the alternative sounds of the 00s. We explore his creative journey, his recent album "Memento Mori," and the profound emotions behind his music. Join us as we uncover the stories and inspiration that shape Max Bartos' musical landscape. For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough, then tell us more!! I would say Melancholic Romantic Nostalgia!
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else? Tell us why. My favorite thing about being an artist is just being able to create. I mean, performing live is awesome, and it's super fun, but my favorite thing is being able to take a melody or storyline and turn it into something audibly tangible.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you? It’s heaven! My producer David is seriously a genius, so being able to go up to his studio and record with someone as smart and talented as he is, is truly an honor and a dream come true.
Okay, this is a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing? Oooo, well I’m a boxer! Over the last year I’ve lost 100 lbs., so I’m super into fitness and seriously love boxing and the emotional outlet it provides me! I also love building Legos!
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why? Definitely Gerard Way!! He’s my biggest influence when it comes to songwriting, onstage energy, and overall performance and theatricality! He is unapologetically himself, and I really admire that!
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it? The last song on my LP Memento Mori is called Memento Vivere (which means Remember to Live), and the lyrics and general themes of that song have a lot of personal dark history that I have chosen to explore through the outlet of music.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year? I just released my sophomore LP Memento Mori on October 13th, and it’s already doing really well! I’ve already started work on the next one though.