Interview with Maxwell Luke McMahon (@Maxwell1uke)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I have always wanted to have a career in music, I was a singer and I took piano lessons but it wasn’t until I wrote the first song that I fell in love with music. I am a songwriter first and foremost and since that first song, I have been recording my work and releasing music to share a unique and intimate part of myself.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The first time I ever heard a trackback of myself I began to tear up. This was a tough bounce of a song I had been working on and it was my first ever studio experience. I didn’t cry because my work was amazing by any means, in fact, it was a pretty rough first draft, I cried because for the first time career in music felt within reach. I had doubted myself for so long I gave up playing with my friends on the soccer and football field to give all my time to music and a part of me always doubted if it was worth it or if I was even any good. I will never forget hearing that trackback.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Continuously let yourself be influenced by other artists and even just the art in the world around you. I find myself feeling tired maybe after a long studio session or writer’s block but when I take a second to read and listen to other’s work it can light my fire again.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My piano and vocal teacher that I have had for as long as I can remember is the reason I’m still playing and singing. Her name is Ellen Betances and she is incredible. I owe my ability to write songs all to her I owe the confidence I have as a singer and a player to her. She encouraged me to keep singing when no one else really did and she never let me doubt myself. People in music education are invaluable players in the broad music industry and they need more appreciation.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

My very first song “I Won’t Let Go” which is currently under a separate artist name of just ‘Luke’ was for a fundraising campaign for my sick friend. This song and cause United a group of people and we ended raising over 75,000 dollars for our cause. I was blown away by the support and I was even more shocked by the fact that a song held that much power. It was a beautiful movement and the reason I began writing in the first place.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

My favorite quote that gives a sort of life lesson would be, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts” – John Wooden. Wooden was a basketball coach but his words directly apply to everyone in every field of work. I work hard in my shoes to create music and work on my craft but especially in this industry, it is vital that I never get a big head and never settle even if I believe I have all the answers. All that to say I need to recognize I am young and have so much to learn.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I am most active on Instagram and I post content on YouTube and tik tok as well. I am currently not on Twitter or Facebook.

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