Today we’d like to introduce you to Max DeVincenzo.
Max, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in the mountains above Jamestown CO in a little neighborhood called Bar-K Ranch. It was about 45 minutes from the nearest school, grocery store, and all my friends in Boulder. Because of the location, I found a passion for music when I was very young as something to do after school. I remember recording piano, bass, guitar and drums into my dad’s multi-track recorder and experimenting with production and mixing ideas. I started really getting into drums when I was about ten and took lessons all through middle school and high school. I played in school Jazz bands, wind ensembles, orchestras, Rock band, drum-line and was part of several bands outside of school including a prog-rock group called Eat the Sun.
During my senior year of high school I was accepted into the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I was completely enamored by the school; I remember seeing the city lights for the first time and felt an overwhelming sense of pride and inspiration and knew I had to go there. I studied Contemporary Writing & Production, Film Scoring, Video Game Scoring, and Drum Set Performance for three semesters at Berklee. During that time, my dad owned an automotive repair shop in Boulder.
I knew that my parents had sacrificed a lot to allow me to go to such a prestigious school so I worked as hard as I could. I tested out of as many classes as I could, earned prerequisite waivers, and made the Dean’s list every semester. In my last semester at school, my dad called me and told me that his landlord was suddenly ending the lease for the car shop. We decided it would be best for me to come home. I moved back to Colorado just as I was entering the Film Scoring curriculum at Berklee. I lived at home for a while and began recording bands, teaching music theory and drums, and playing gigs around Boulder.
During that time I had the idea to create a service for online instrument tracks. I had done some remote drum recordings for clients on craigslist and I wanted to expand to bass, guitar, keys, and more. Fox Tracks Music was born and I began the long journey building and defining that business and brand. Now Fox Tracks is a complete music production studio offering sonic branding, arrangements, instrument tracks, sound packs, and more, completely online. I’ve been working as a full-time musician in Boulder for three years now.
Has it been a smooth road?
I felt a lot of seclusion from friends when I was in school because of where I lived. I would have loved to stay at Berklee longer than I did to continue my film scoring major. I struggle with the idea that my parents have supported my music career for as long as I’ve been interested in it and I owe it to them and myself to do good with the hours of practice and work invested. I had a pretty intense burnout when I came home from school. It took me a long time to want to play again. Music is a tricky industry to be in. I find myself working a lot with the film industry or the ad industry to keep afloat. I want to support creatives as much as possible but it’s sometimes hard to fit into a young artist’s budget for production work. Things are changing so rapidly.
Please tell us about Fox Tracks Music.
Fox Tracks Music is an online music production studio. We offer pro music services including:
Instrument Tracks, Electronic Production & Design, Beats & Sound Packs, Original Underscore, Ghostwriting, Sonic Branding & Jingles, Mixing, Arranging, Production & Consultation, Foley & Sound Design, Transcriptions.
We pride ourselves in being able to turn around projects quickly by utilizing a team of remote studio musicians with industry-standard recording setups. I’ve been most proud of the sonic branding work we’ve done for local companies and start-ups and the work we’ve done for artists who want to turn their music into radio-ready songs but don’t have the means to book a studio and hire musicians and create charts for them.
My favorite part of this company is sending an artist their fully produced and arranged song. They are always so excited to hear their song as they imagined it with full instrumentation. We’re unique because we’re online. Music is heading in the direction of home studios and laptop production with artists like Billie Eilish winning Grammys from their bedroom. I’m excited to see how we’ll be able to collaborate with other creatives and other businesses as this industry changes.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely. There are so many opportunities here. Denver has a great music scene and some of my favorite venues. I love the drive of the people who live in Denver and I’m excited to offer musicians a resource to propel their music.
- Website: www.foxtracksmusic.com
- Phone: 3035188380
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/foxtracksmusic
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/foxtracksmusic
Sal DeVincenzo (SDV Photo)