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Spotlight Interview with Max Muscato

Max Muscato hits it with a smooth, vibrant, and incredibly catchy pop-rock banger that brings some real deal classic rock influences to the table with organs, warm riffs, and a damn good attitude to boot.

"Valerie" is absolutely danceable and is riddled with all sort of guitar swagger flowing through its atmosphere and a full bodied straight rock feel.

This track has it all including organ solos, fresh and tasty guitar solos, and the feel of a live performance.

The players feed off of each other's energies and it all comes together with a bright tone and one hell of a presence.

Muscato has that addictive charm that gets poured into his songs and that stands out front and gets you hooked.

This release has a very radio friendly quality to it and feels like the kind of song you've been hearing for years on the radio.

It's got a warm overtone and just the right energy and it all hits perfectly.

This song feels good to listen to and you want more as soon as it ends.

Which is actually not a bad thing seeing that the artist has an album from 2017 that's also more than worth your time.

With the release of "Valerie" we wanted to have a chat with Muscato to find out where this all came from.

Here' what happened.

RAG: Okay so let's start with " Valarie ". This single has a killer classic rock approach and loads of color! Where did this single come from?

The latest single I put out, Valarie, came from years of crafting the structure and a small accident. Years ago I was messing around with some new riffs on the guitar and stumbled upon the verse, a very hard punctuated type of rhythm. Over the years I added the solo section and then the chorus. During this time I had trouble with the lyrics and what the song was about. Here's where the accident comes into play. I was singing random words over the guitar part and accidentally said Valarie, then it all just poured out. RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Some of my major musical influences are: Nickelback, AC/DC, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I try to blend them all together into my own style and sound. RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?

It all began when I was a child when my father put a pair of drumsticks in my hand before I could walk. I grew up listening to the greats, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and played them all note for note on the drums. Then as I got old I developed my own taste ranging from 90's alternative rock to The Spice Girls. I eventually discovered the guitar at age 12 and fell in love immediately. RAG: What's next for you as an artist?

Touring and releasing singles are on the horizon for me. I plan to release 1-2 singles before the end of 2022 and then 1-2 more before Summer of 2023. RAG: What inspires you guys to write a song?

I'm a music guy through and through so I listen to every kind of music to get inspiration. I'll listen to classical and orchestral pieces while I work on screenplays but when it comes to lyrics I really love to write about my brothers experiences. I have an autistic brother, Sonny Muscato, who is also a drummer and he's become my muse for writing. Having dealt with: addiction, incarceration, isolation, suicide and a duel with a bullet, Sonny has enough inspiration for me to write 10 albums. RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?

When I'm not working on music I'm working on my movie Sonnyboy and series Setlist, along with my musical Sonnyboy. Sonnyboy is the true story of what happened to my brother Sonny Muscato - which I'm also adapting into a musical. Setlist is a loose interpretation of my family's life and music career - as bandmate brothers Knox & Taz Winter (Myself and my brother) attempt to make it in the music industry. RAG: Who are you listening to right now?

Right now I'm on a big Red Hot Chili Peppers kick. That band just gets me as a musician. RAG: Are you doing live performances?

Yes, starting in the fall I'll be going on tour across the country and I'm very excited about it. RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?

For other musicians, I recommend making marketing your next single the main priority. You could have the greatest song in the world but if nobody knows about it then what good is it? RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

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