Local Look: Max Stockin

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

In Local Look, we write brief song reviews from smaller and independent artists to find out what they're all about. These features will aim to bring attention to these artists and help them grow. They'll contain one or two artists each time, and this week's artist is singer-songwriter Max Stockin.

Stockin hails from Birmingham, UK and has impressively managed to perform over 1000 gigs in the space of just five years. He did this with a band, but now he is changing direction and starting his career as a solo artist, releasing his debut single 'Better To Burn' in February 2020.

'Better To Burn' is both contemporary and a trip back in time, with its modern sounds and pop melodies fused with '70s-esque disco. The guitar work comes straight off of a Nile Rodgers production line, thrusting you back to a time long since past whilst somehow also keeping you in the present. Clocking in at under three minutes, it's short and sweet, but its hook is deadly and will stay with you long after you've finished listening to it. The song's production value is also top quality, sounding tight and professional. It's an infectious tune that sets the bar high for Stockin, marking him as an artist with huge potential.

"I actually started writing this song about a year ago, I was just messing on the guitar in between sets at a show I was doing and the riff came out of nowhere" says Stockin. "I made a rough recording of it and finished it off at home over the next few weeks. After a bit of rewriting in the studio, it became quite obvious as it was being recorded that this should be the first single. I’m so happy with the outcome, I absolutely love the whole feel of the song and I cannot wait to write and record more songs in this style."

Experienced as he may be as a live artist, this is an impressive debut single from Stockin and he's certainly one to watch in 2020. By the sounds of it, he's got much more on the horizon, so keep your ears peeled. "It's better to burn than to fade away" he says - and if he can continue to release songs of this quality, his light will burn very brightly indeed.

Max Stockin is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Birmingham, England. After picking up a guitar at age 17 and armed with invaluable advice from his uncle, Max set out to form a band. He quickly began performing all around the West Midlands, including some ventures into London, racking up over 1,000 gigs in five years. Now, at 25 years old, Max is embarking on a brand new and exciting career as a solo artist; fusing classic chord progressions from the 1950s and 1960s with contemporary recording techniques to create his unique sound.