Max got his first electronic drum set in 1993 and began recording electronic music initially around the year 1997, at the age of 12 years old. He has recorded under various names and projects ever since. Max has directed & starred in several independent films and has been a member of various nationally touring rock bands. He is currently the co-owner of Oddtronic, a private 6-acre studio, and directs / stars as Billy Klondike in the indie comedy film, Pizza Dude. Max also owns record label & lifestyle brand, Space Station Ltd.
His favorite artists have been noted as Boards of Canada, Software, Lone, George Clanton/Esprit, Joy Electric, The KLF, The Chemical Brothers, & many more.
In May, 2012 Max was asked to compose the original score for the independent horror film, Erasers II. The film premiered at Rogue Gallery in Battle Creek, MI to a packed house. Soon after the screening, Max began recording new songs.
The debut EP, Plastic Paradise, was released digitally (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.) on July 28, 2014. It was then later released on ltd. CD & ltd. 7″ lathe cuts on August 20, 2014 via Space Station Ltd. Two music videos were released in connection to the album for the songs “Orbit & “Last Rodeo.” Both videos were directed and edited by Max. “Last Rodeo” features skateboarding by DJ Brown (Pimp Windu) & Cody Lonchar, with all of the skate footage being filmed exclusively by Max.
Chess Match announced that he would be participating in the 1st Annual International Cassette Store Day (presented by Burger Records) on September 27, 2014 and saw press coverage from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Alternative Press, Spin, NME, Brooklyn Vegan, Punknews, and many more.
Soon after the release, Chess Match went straight to work on his debut full length album. Fragmented Reality was released digitally on May 26, 2015 via Space Station Ltd. along with the music video for “Barriers.” In July, 2015, it was announced that Chess Match would be participating in the 2nd Annual International Cassette Store Day. Fragmented Reality was later released on cassette on October 17, 2015 and again saw press coverage from Rolling Stone, Exclaim, BrooklynVegan, and many others.
On July 31, 2015, Chess Match released a single entitled “Blue Moon.” It was a free download of an all-new song that was improvised & recorded live. A performance video was also released at the same time.
On January 1st, 2018, it was been announced that Chess Match has a new EP coming out in February entitled Virtual Fantasy. It was also announced that his 2nd full length album will be titled Overview Effect and will be released this Summer. It has been previously announced that he is working on the soundtrack for the feature film Pizza Dude.