|DJ Bio - Maxmanic
Genre: UK-NRG/ Hard House/
Hard Trance/ Techno/ Trance Core
Location: Taunton, Somerset
Inspiration: Nick Sentience,
Ed-Real, Ilogik, Sharkey, The Producer, BK
Passed Gigs: Access, Aquaboogie,
Aspire, Bat Country, Bionic, Dragon Dance, Full
Force, Funky-Dory, Fusion, GTFM, Hektic, Illusion,
North, Propaganda, Pulse, Release, R-O-A-R, Slinky,
Substance, Sundissential, Traffic, Trancend, Unleaded,
Weston Wheels, Xceler8.
Maxmanic is surely one of the nation's best-kept
secrets. A natural born performer, he does more
than just DJ - he can also burp out the chorus of
Calon Lan in Welsh. (Oh how I wish I was joking!).
Maxmanic is an entertainer who knows just how to
enthuse and ignite his audience (I know, I know...
there's a gag about arson in there somewhere...but
I'm not going to be the one to point it out!). Being
party to a Maxmanic set is an assured sensory spectacle.
That means you're guaranteed to get to hear, see
and feel (funny that!) the passion the drives him
With a background in performing arts, Maxmanic's
musical flair was established early. He started
going to raves in '97, when events such as Dreamscape
and Helter Skelter ruled supreme. Captivated by
the scene (and also the white and gold tracksuit
he thought was "da bomb"), a young Maxmanic
purchased his first set of decks and began rehearsing
a unique performance style, which he hoped some
day to make public. Max's initial break came after
only ten months of mixing, in the form of West Wales'
first ever amateur DJ competition, held in Tenby:
an event sponsored by Roland, and judged by the
illustrious Escape duo, Danny Slade and Big Al.
Out of a host of other finalists, Maxmanic triumphed
winning the best runner-up slot. He celebrated by
buying fish and chips for all the family and upgrading
his white tracksuit to a fetching dinner jacket
with cravat. Soon after, he secured a residency
at West Wales' leading underground rave, Access
in Aberystwyth, and headlined a host of other nights
including Illusion (now Devils' Heaven), Dragon
Dance and the free parties of Llynbriani. With his
popularity as a DJ growing, the move to a larger
stage seemed inevitable and, within only months
of living in Cardiff, Max had secured plays in a
horde of local nights including the hugely successful
Bionic, Bat Country, Substance, Hektic, Aspire and
In the year 2000, Maxmanic gained notoriety by winning
Cardiff's first-ever regional DJ competition (battling
against a number of highly-regarded and experienced
DJs, through four intense heats). He was later to
hold a bi-monthly residency at Pulse in Merthyr
Tydfil, and featured (as himself) on award-winning
South Wales radio GTFM. Building on this success,
Maxmanic went on to hold a year-long residency at
one of Cardiff's strongest and best-established
house nights, R-O-A-R, as their Hard House honcho.
This venture led him to play alongside some of the
most well-known names in clubland, including Lisa
Lashes and Lab 4 (on occasion, he also played by
himself, but that's not for here!). In 2003, Max
was also to grace the decks at Sundissential, the
UK Mecca of Hard House, being dubbed on this journey
as "baby Eddie (Halliwell)", on account
of his stylised scratching wizardry.
Continuing to move out of the wings and into the
spotlight, Max gained further industry experience
by dedicating the best part of a year to promoting
and DJing for his own-inspired bi-monthly night:
Full Force @ Club Vision, Cardiff. With a capacity
of 1500 and boasting a 50k sound system, Full Force
reigned as the largest and loudest event of its
kind on the Welsh club circuit. Within only a month
of its birth, some of the most talented and respected
names in the business, including Ian M, Rob Tissera,
Ilogik, Rachel Auburn, Brainbashers and Phil Reynolds,
had already taken to the Full Force arena.
To date, the curtains are far from closed for our
plucky young Welsh boy. In August 2004, after winning
a succession of fierce knock-out rounds, Maxmanic
was named National DJ of the Year at the esteemed
WestonWheels event in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.
He's still got a few more tricks up his sleeve (and
maybe a white rabbit...no white tracksuits though
thankfully) and plans to take the world by storm
in developing a musical tin bath with oars, especially
equipped for space travel. (OK, I think he was having
me on there…but it's nice to know you're still
"Reading the Future"
Maxmanic stands centre-stage in combining innovative,
flawless mixing with a unique technical playfulness
and powerful party presence (he also has dodgy hair!).
Max's exceptional ability to read an audience (he
can also read books), means his acts are always
right on cue; anyone who is lucky enough to catch
him burping in Welsh will certainly be thinking
the very same thing.