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‘Turning point’: Hit single lifted Max into a ‘whole new realm of writing’

Max Schneider is always on the go.

In fact, during this interview, the 25-year-old singer just got into his car after a studio session.

Schneider is known by his stage name, Max.

He’s not only a singer, but an actor, model, dancer and songwriter.

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His single “Lights Down Low” recently was certified gold – a first for the singer. The track has been certified for sales and streams of a half-million.

“It’s really an honor for me, because I’ve always dreamed of getting a plaque,” he says in a recent phone interview. “It’s a great accomplishment. This only gives me the drive to do more with my music.”

And Schneider is.

He’s now working on a follow-up album to his 2015 release “Hell’s Kitchen Angel.”

The first track from the new album is “Meteor.” It’s also the name of his current tour.

“We’re really excited to create new stories,” he says. “I started seven years ago (in music) with my college roommate, and we reconnected last year. ‘Meteor’ is the first piece that we’ve created and what the album will become. It’s the next phase of my music.”

Schneider has been riding high since being signed to Pete Wentz’s DCD2 Records in 2015.

His lead single, “Gibberish,” climbed up the charts and gave Schneider a presence in pop music.

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Fast-forward to “Lights Down Low” and the fact that Schneider wrote the track for his wife, Emily. The couple married in November 2016.

“I learned that I needed to create truthful and authentic songs,” he says. “Those are what people connect with. Writing ‘Lights Down Low’ was a turning point for me. It’s brought me into a whole new realm of writing. And now couples are using the song to share their love. It’s amazing.”

Schneider says he leaves everything on the table when it comes to writing.

He enjoys co-writing and remains flexible when it comes to collaborations.

“It’s interesting to meet someone new to write with,” he says. “I come in and tell them my life story and what I’m about. I’m sure it’s a lot to digest. It’s also nerve-wracking because I don’t know what they will think. But it’s honest.”

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