Max Hype a.k.a. Protohype, is one of the fastest up in comers blowing up right now. His Hip Hop infused Dubstep sounds have been blogged and downloaded by many people. He’s gained the respect from top producers and DJ’s with his low end bass and his crazy style. Now with a new E.P. “See No Evil” on FirePower Records, his schedule has became filled with huge shows, and many long nights. We were lucky to get a chance to ask him a few questions.
You have been throwing around electronic music now for awhile. What did you grow up listening to? And how did it help with your sound?
“I grew up listening to Classic Rock mostly, and then I really got into Hip Hop when I was about 12 or 13. So then I started making Hip Hop beats. Got signed to a label my Freshmen year in High School, so about 15 or 14. Did Hip Hop beats for about 5 or 6 years. So Hip Hop has definitely helped my sound. ”
Your on tour right now with Minnesota. Hows that going so far? Any crazy situations come about?
“The tour has been amazing. I feel like I have been on tour for 6 months, and its only been like a month. Its really fun though. This is like my first legit time on an actual bus tour. We just been getting into all sorts of shenanigans in all the small towns. Everyone in the crew is awesome, we get along great. Im just happy to be apart of it.”
Do you feel making tracks on the road is different than sitting in your studio back in L.A.? What different elements can the road bring to one of your tracks?
“I dunno, man. My studio in L.A. is about the same as on the road. I mix allot of my stuff on headphones anyway. Its not too much of a difference. I’ve got some monitors at home, they’re not the greatest. So its not too much of a difference. I dont really need to be in any sort of a situation to make a track, Im always on the road all the time anyways.”
Do you think it adds a different type of “flair” seeing how the crowds react to how your current tracks sound? Does that pump you up to make music?
“Of course! The production aspect isn’t different, but it gives me a chance to test it out right after. So like, If I make a song on the road I’ll test it out during sound check to see how it sounds. Just to see if its going to crack out or if I need to add to the mix, or whatever. Which I always don’t have at home, I just have my monitors. So its always good to get a big system to test your sh*t. But as productions goes, it all about stays the same.”
You use to do Ableton Live production tips videos on YouTube. Any plans on making new ones?
“I definitely will do more. I’ve just been so busy lately. Those tutorial videos take allot to make. I just been so busy with other sh*t, and I love making tutorials. I teach all the time, so I plan on making more.”
You have a new EP out on beatport “See No Evil”, on Datsiks “FirePower Records”? How is it to be on Datsiks label?
“Its so awesome, man. Datsik is like the reason I make Dubstep in the first place. So its really fu*king awesome to have it come around full circle. And have me be apart of something that’s breaking ground. You know Datsik really has his ear to the ground with every new producer and all the new unique stuff that’s going, Datsik knows about it. So I’m just happy to be apart of it. Its fu*king great. My E.P. was #1 on like 4 different genres on beatport. Its doing really well, and I got 2 more to go. So its dope!”
2012 was pretty big for you, and that’s an understatement. What does 2013 look like for you?
“2012 was big, but I think 2013 is going to be way bigger. I’m playing a couple festivals. Nothing really huge but a bunch of one-offs with Datsik, 12th planet and a bunch of other guys that are really killing it. Hopefully I’ll be on the FirePower tour in the fall. I’m getting booked for allot of headlining shows now, which is something new to me. I’m just going with the flow.”
Is there any place in particular that you are looking to forward to play?
“I’m playing the “Summer Camp Festival outside of Chicago. So that’s my first festival. And like I was saying, I have a few one-offs with Datsik that are going to be really huge. A couple secret shows, and a couple paint parties, and stuff like that.”
For those of you who missed the Eternal Frequencies Tour with Minnesota, and DCarls…. You missed out. It was an amazing night, and Max was very chill and relaxed. It was a treat to get to even get the chance to ask him a few questions. His schedule was so busy, he was working on a track in the green room. He is definitely making lots of noise in the scene. His E.P. is great. It is worth the listen. Check him out 😀