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Daily Inspiration: Meet Max Frye

Today we’d like to introduce you to Max Frye.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I have always loved music, ever since I was a kid. When my parents played Guns n’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, and INXS, I was hooked! When I was 12, a family friend invited us to a blues jam, and I finally saw a path to getting on stage… I went home and learned some basic blues and rock songs to play. I started going back to the blues jam every week. When I was 13, I joined a local Raleigh, NC Ozzy Osbourne tribute band, and when I was 14, I joined another Ozzy tribute that played nationally. When I was 16, I joined a national Van Halen Tribute (84) and was able to dive into studying my guitar hero Eddie Van Halen. I moved to Nashville when I was 16 to further pursue my career and when the COVID quarantine hit, I started working on my first solo EP (The Rainmaker Sessions) with my songwriting partner, Dave Marshall. My EP was released in March of 2021.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have definitely struggled at times finding out who I am artistically, but I think that’s better than pigeonholing myself into being something that doesn’t feel completely right. I’d like to say that I have it all figured out, but the truth is, everything could change tomorrow, and that’s a very beautiful thing. I’m not confined to a certain sound, look, or style. I also struggled with songwriting for a long time. I never felt like my songs were good enough for the world to hear, but you get better the more you do it, and it can only get better from here.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I play guitar and sing with my solo project. I write all of my original songs with my songwriting partner Dave Marshall. My style includes elements of rock, pop, and alternative music. My background has been playing guitar with tribute bands and various artists. I think the combination of playing with these bands, being exposed to an array of music at a young age, and all of my personal experiences throughout my life have given me a unique style. All of this has inspired my music.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I wish I would have known that nothing will ever be “perfect” in music. I feel like a lot of people limit playing live or releasing original music because they feel it’s not good enough. Just do it! Playing live is the best way to improve in my opinion.

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Brandy Beverung – Shot Of Brandy Photography

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