Max Cooper took some time out during his visit to Mumbai to answer The Sherp’s questions.


Irish electro and techno producer, Max Cooper, played to a packed crowd in Mumbai & Pune this month. In an exclusive interview with The Sherp, Cooper reveals his scientific side and a lot more!

Sherp: The Sherp did some snooping and found out that you were a ‘genetics researcher’ at Nottingham/UCL. How did you go from there to being a glitch music master? 

Max Cooper: I had always done both in parallel, music just happened to be the one that worked out first. I would have been happy to stay in science research though.

Sherp: One of the biggest drawbacks of being a producer is life-on-the-road! So when you do decide to rest, where is your most preferred spot?

MC: I’ve got a nice comfy sofa in my studio but I’m not sure if that counts. If I want to relax properly I’ll get away from the city to some natural space.

Sherp: One thing you can’t leave home without?

MC: I always try to remember to wear shoes.

Sherp: Biggest inspiration in your life?

MC: My friends.

Sherp: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

MC: Pickled crickets.

Sherp: You do a lot of ‘field’ recording. What is the craziest sound you have ever recorded?

MC: Monobrow live at Kleine Hamburger Strasse

Sherp: Biggest fail behind the console?

MC: Taking the needle off the wrong record – standard DJ fail.

Sherp: Best moment behind the console? 

MC: Dropping the needle back on beat and pretending like I did it on purpose – standard DJ cover up.

Sherp: What would you be if you weren’t an artist/musician/DJ?

MC: A Scientist.

Sherp: If you had a superpower, what would it be?

MC: It would have to be flying!

Sherp: Top 3 tracks on your iPod right now?

MC: Probably Helios and John Tejada. No particular tracks.

Sherp: Your sounds are still pretty alien in the Indian sound space, but it is a necessary evolution. Do you see your kind of music taking off in India?

MC: I had a great response in Mumbai, so hopefully the sound will grow there, yes.