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SAINT WKND

SAINT WKND

Max Seethaler is in Chicago celebrating release day when I call him for a chat. Luckily catching him in the morning when it’s maybe slightly too early to crack open the champagne, the 22-year-old producer is full of excitement at the success of his latest single. Better known under his moniker SAINT WKND, the track in question is his last banger “Survive”, the first new music he’s dropped since his debut EP “Golden Youth” came out earlier this year. “Before the debut EP, I was just experimenting,” he tells me. “Now I have a vision and I’m so happy about my situation right now. I feel so comfortable in myself. I know who I am, not just as me Max but also as SAINT WKND.”

First finding out about producing by coincidence when he got the demo version of Fruity Loops production software in his early teens, it wasn’t until a couple of years later that he actually figured out it was something he wanted to do. “I sucked big time at it first,” he laughs in retrospect, “then I went back when I was 15 or 16 and actually spent time doing it, I really got into it.”

Drawing influences from the contemporary heavyweights, such as KAYTRANADA and Disclosure, Seethaler is intent on carving his own name in, what seems like, the endless list of “upcoming producers”. “Right now I’m on my way to making future R&B music, “ the Munich native explains when I ask what sets him apart from the rest. “What I’m staying away from is categorising the music by genre, because it’s more about what kind of vibe you get from it.”

With an album currently in the works, the future star is all about creating “good vibes”, a sentiment that formed the idea behind his name. “I’m not a holy person, so what I’m trying to say with ‘SAINT’ is that I want to lead a movement of spreading good vibes. That sounds kind of cheesy but, you know, I want people to be happy with my music, that’s what I’m ultimately trying to do.”

If “Survive” is anything to go by, this is a hope that Seethaler is bound to achieve. A feel-good club anthem, it’s an exciting look at what the young artist can do and what the forthcoming album has in store. In short, I think it’s about time to crack that champagne open...


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