Standing the test of time has always been Max Doblhoff’s mindset. From establishing a long lasting relationship with East Africa’s alternative music scene and being an essential contributor towards building Austria’s electronic music scene. With more than a decade of experience and exposure in several musical markets around the world It is safe to say Max Doblhoff’s musical footprint has been stamped across the globe and is here to stay. Max’s productions show the deep-seated love of music he shares. Mostly analogue samples, coming from live recorded instruments are used whereas digital elements are reduced – giving the productions character & flair by the warm analogue sound.
Born in Linz and raised in Vienna, Austria Max’s upbringing always lingered towards music. Gravitating towards the drum kit at an early age sparked the interest and curiosity to learn more about the instrument and music in general too. Now with an experience of over 25 years DJing and performing around the world its evident, Max Doblhoff is here to stay. His early days in the industry revolved around collecting and studying vinyl records from Rare Grooves, Funk, Disco, House to Afro, Latin and Cumbia cuts. While gaining experience and exposure, Max subconsciously contributed to Vienna’s most groovy parties for more than 12 years. While building his profile in Austria, neighboring countries took notice and inclined on working together so as to expand his reach and offer a fresh, new vibe to their scene, naturally building his name. Max’s connection with Kenya initiated in 2003 when he played his first ever set at “Club Sikiliza” with a solid and positive reaction it was a moment that would solidity his relation with the Kenyan music industry.
Early 2005, Max Doblhoff put his efforts to launch his own record label “Clubcruise Music” they initiated the label’s releases with his EP titled “Bittersweet” produced by Doblhoff & Staufer. From its launch Clubcruise Music has always provided an honest and uncompromising slice of world electronic music. Diving deeper into the use of traditional sounds as well as incorporating a contemporary touch of electronic music, clubcruise has been in the fore front providing Max a platform to release and publish original and remixed material. Clubcruise Music has then seen an array of releases from Kenya, Uganda & Austria. Another relationship worth mentioning is Max’s long time friend and collaborator Idd Aziz. Max Doblhoff & Idd Aziz have together, released an amazing body of work titled “Africa la” a debut album from the duo featuring electronic drums, traditional Kenyan vocals and contemporary guitar and strings to create an international sound fit for any dance-floor around the world. The “Africa la” album was recently picked by leading Afro House record label, Moblack Records for a commission to remix the album. The remixed Album for “Africa la” featured artists such as Floyd Lavine, Aero Manyelo, Armonica, DJ Sobek, Makossa & Megablast.
With every musician pursuing a career, one of the most aspects of it are performance. Not only does the performance allow you to instantly entertain a crowd but it also helps you practice your craft. Max Doblhoff’s experience has really helped him get to where he is now. Notable highlights of his career are his continuous tours to Kenya performing at venues such as The Alchemist Bar, Kilifi New Year and Js Fresh Bar & Kitchen, a club residency at Madrid’s Club Taboo & his frequent visits to Sardinia, Italy. With more music hitting the airwaves ever so often, its safe to say Max Doblhoff’s career is bright and promising. Back to Kenya with a nationwide tour this December, Max Doblhoff’s new material will definitely keep Kenya and the rest of the world waiting.
The future for Max Doblhoff & Clubcruisemusic looks promising to say the least. With 2 EPs featuring Kenyan based DJ & Producer SURAJ released on Moblack Records (Italy) & Open Bar Music (U.S.A) as well as an upcoming EP, the next few months take Max Dolbhoff’s music across borders. A steady relationship with East Africa and Europe, Max’s eyes have now set to open new territories while continuously delivering great new music and performances all around the world. Catch Max Doblhoff’s latest EP Here & continue to follow him on all platforms and never miss a beat.
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