MAX THE SAX – who rose to fame as the former sax player of the Parov Stelar Band – is taking the club scene by storm with his new and fresh solo project: a funky saxophone, drums and the extra portion of electronic beats.
December 18th 1985, Markus Ecklmayr was born to take the stage and face the crowds all around the world by blowing generously in his golden saxophone. He started to practice at the age of 11 years and studied at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz.
MAX THE SAX presents himself now afresh with his very best own material. He is a person full of power, energy and love for what he does. And this infects the crowds and his thousands of fans and followers around the world. He sets himself apart with his unique saxophone improvisations and explosive shows, which transport his authenticity and genuine passion across well beyond the stage.
Max The Sax was born as a child of a family of musicians; his father is a tubist and electric bassist, his older brother drummer, who studied music in Vienna, In the family music has been played almost every day, stylistically between big band – and Funk a la Tower of Power, At 17, he became a member of the band “Soulpower”.
While studying at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Harry Sokal and Florian Bramböck, who plays for many years in the Vienna Art Orchestra, provided him with the necessary tools. His role models ranged from Ray Charles and James Brown to Bruno Mars, dr. Dre and Mr. Scruff; saxophonists like Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Hank Mobley, Maceo Parker and Michael Brecker influenced him, Through the encounter with drummer Hans Jürgen Bart Ecklmayr came to the funk formation “Düsenfried and the Stuffgivers”. At this time Ecklmayr also took on the stage name “Max The Sax”. 40 tracks and three albums were created, in 2017 the band split up. In parallel, Max The Sax 2005 began his collaboration with Parov Stelar, Together, the project toured throughout Europe, Asia, America and at well-known festivals such as the Glastonbury Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Sziget Festival, the Danube Island Festival Vienna, the Chiemsee Summer, the Gurtenfestival, the Hurricane Festival, theSouthside Festival or the Batumi Festival. For ten years, Max The Sax was a saxophonist, frontman and co-composer of some of Parov Stelar’s tracks shaping the project.
The Parov Stelar project at Voestalpine Klangwolke came about on his initiative. In addition, Max The Sax also played with many other, very different bands and musicians, including La Rochelle Band, Hubert Tubbs, Hot Pants Road Club, Cleo Panther, Dorretta Carter, Basement Freaks, Lee Anduze, Timothy Auld, Jerry di Monza, Anna F, Raphael Wressnig & The Soul Gift Band, Bart & Baker, LMT Connection, Grant Laszlo, Nick Hollywood (White Minsk), Gabriel & Castellon, Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Ben Rodenburg ( Bakermat), Peter Cruseder, Tyrrell, Roland Schwarz, DJ Maestro (Blue Note Trip) and Cayetano. Since 2014 came the work with The Max Boogaloos, here was played only with acoustic instruments.
In the summer of 2016, Max The Sax played as support for Maroon 5 in Georgia, 2017 at festivals with Bad Religion or Cro in Austria and Germany, In early October 2017, he opened the musical season of the basketball league in Munich’s Audi Dome for FC Bayern Munich.