Max Muscato (born April 10th, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He was born in Germanton, MD, and raised in Buffalo, NY.
Originally Max aspired to be a physician, but while attending the University at Buffalo he found himself spending the majority of his time writing music rather than studying. After graduating in 2012, Max traveled to Florida to work as a personal trainer at PGA National. There he trained professionals on the PGA Tour. Music never left him, however, it was his true calling and he decided to follow it eventually leading him back to his roots in Buffalo.
Max was raised by his father, Marc Muscato, in Buffalo, NY. Marc, a professional percussionist, was Max’s first major musical influence. Max afforded his musical skills to his father, who nurtured his talent from an early age. His autistic older brother, Sonny Muscato, was also a drummer. From the time he could walk he was playing drums and integrated into music.
At age 13 Max picked up a guitar and was instantly hooked. Growing up with modest roots, he found music was his outlet. Max learned to play by ear; practicing licks from classic rock and blues artists. Completely self-taught, he spent countless hours writing original music locked away in his bedroom. His love for classical music ultimately led him to blend all three genres together, creating his own signature sound.
By 16, Max had been part of several bands in the Buffalo area and played out at numerous venues, all while writing original music behind the scenes. Max's unique sound is a tapestry created from his greatest influences; John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and composers Yanni, Enya, John Williams, Paul Cardall among others. After years of developing as an artist Max crafted a signature sound and incorporated it into all of his compositions, from the edgiest piece to the most tranquil.
July 1st, 2017 was the release of Max's debut album Act One. Later that year, Max formed Rock Autism Music Festival (Nonprofit Organization). The connection of Max's music and autism is a deep-rooted catalyst that drives his passion and career. Rock Autism Music Festival powered by SonMax Entertainment and held every August in Buffalo, NY. All proceeds to go Rock Autism benefiting autistic individuals in music, film, photography, acting, screenwriting, onset film internship and scholarships. Visit www.rockautism.org to learn more.
Max has gained an extensive following and has toured and opened for various notorious acts such as: Citizen Cope, Theory of a Deadman, Aaron Carter, Finger Eleven, Eric Gales, Ripe, Blue Star Radiation and more. He is currently working on his next album featuring the singles Valarie and Toxic & Poison.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has made a huge impact on your artistry.
A happy memory of mine is in 2018 at the first Rock Autism Music Festival where I shared the stage with my father and brother. The three of us were performing at the very festival we created. How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
I lead a healthy life by trying to find balance mentally and physically. I love music and writing but it feels great to exercise and release stress. Who did you learn from to instill those values?
I learned my core values from my father. Seeing him struggle throughout life really taught me how to navigate life. Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well being and not only your art?
At first it was difficult to balance my well being and art. I've had a lot of injuries that have affected my mental health and as a result has affected my ability to write music. Once I was able to come to terms with my physical limitations I understood how to balance life and making music. Was there a turning point of how you decided to put yourself first?
The turning point for me was when I was hospitalized for 4 days when I caught COVID-19. During that time I thought about what mattered most to me, my family. Fortunately, music is a large part of our family. How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I promote a healthy lifestyle by having decompression nights where I watch a great movie or go to a baseball game. It gives me clarity on what I need to accomplish. In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
I'm connecting with fans by offering the opportunity to chat with me if they feel the need. Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
My father checks in on me most. He's always been a great listener and gives me the perspective I need. Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how it's changed your life now?
The hardest habit for me to change was the negative attitude. In this industry you hear "no," constantly and even the strongest will's can be breached. Eventually, I came to terms with the fact that you can't please everyone and to harness the energy into something good. Is there a song, book, movie, show or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
Anytime I watch the movie Miracle I feel motivated that I can do anything. If a bunch of kids can beat the most dominated hockey team in Olympic history, then why can't I sell out Madison Square Garden? What is the mantra of 2022?!
My mantra for 2022 is "F*ck it, let's do it." Give all the inside scoop of your latest project!
I'm currently working on my next single, Toxic & Poison, which I plan to release in the fall. This song was also featured in the pilot episode of Setlist, a series about a rock band trying to make it in the industry. SOCIALS: IG: https://www.instagram.com/maxmuscato/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/maxmuscatomusic