The first day I moved to Los Angeles, my good friend Billy suggested that we meet up with his friend Max Magee Huseby (a.k.a. Fritz Carlton) for dinner. We went and got burgers at Stout in Venice, CA right near the beach and ended the evening with a car jam sesh of the boys exchanging some new tracks they were working on and me dancing like a crazy person in the backseat. 

Over the next year of me living in Los Angeles, I got to know Max very well. As with many of my friends, I always love to support their creative endeavors in anyway that I can. It’s all about building community and a legitimate support system so that we can all succeed and Max has been on a creative streak like none other. In just one year, he has developed his alias of Fritz Carlton, launched a new alias as Houseboy and co-started record label Room Temperature Records. Max’s friendly personality and passion for everything music have propelled him into the realm of the “well-known,” especially in the Southern California club and festival scene. When he’s not slinging beats with the Desert Hearts Crew or throwing down with This Ain’t Bristol, Max can be found on the dancefloor grooving as hard as the rest of us.
Before I moved from California, Max and I spent the afternoon chatting, dancing to some new music and taking photos around DTLA. Intrigued? Get to know Max a little bit better by reading some of our conversation:
1) Describe your creative process. I know that you like to collaborate with other artists to gain inspiration and to create unique sounds but what do those personal, all alone in the studio, moments look like for you? 

Generally I’m listening to a lot of vinyl records while I do stuff around the house, like cooking or cleaning. Then I tend to draw inspiration from certain sounds or loops that I hear in those records. After that, it’s usually a free for all! But I use a lot of analog gear (my prophet 6 and polysix to name a few), breakbeat loops, and weird samples I find from either vinyl, youtube, or elsewhere. 

2) The last year or so has been a whirlwind for you! You moved to Los Angeles, started playing an insane amount of shows and have made a serious mark on the Desert Hearts community. What’s been the most exciting part for you? 

That’s a tough question! There have been so many fun things I’ve been able to do since moving back down south (I went to college for two years in SoCal from 2010 to 2012 before moving to San Francisco for a 3 and a half year stint)! I guess my favorite has been joining the DH crew, getting to know all the homies and of course getting to play for everyone at the festival. The vibe there is impeccable, and I’m so blessed to be able to share my creativity there.

3) I hear you’re working on a new project with a new alias. Could you tell me a little bit more about your vision for that and how it’s been affecting your music as a whole? Is it easy to separate the two or have you noticed a little overlapping when producing?

My new project is called ‘Houseboy’, and my debut EP is out now on Justin Jay’s new imprint, Fantastic Voyage! You can peep the EP here: https://soundcloud.com/houseboymusic/sets/writers-block-ep-fantastic
To be honest it’s not hard for me to separate the two. If anything, I’ve been finding more inspiration and drawing from each project to create some really unique stuff; the darker, techier side of Fritz – and the happy, melodic & funky side of Houseboy. I can’t wait to share what I’ve recently been working on!

4) Who is your biggest inspiration (musically or in life)?

In terms of life inspo, my dad is a great start. He’s one of the hardest workers I know and has the craziest life story that inspires me to work as hard as I can on my own shit everyday. I also consider Bansky, (the artist’s) work ethic, passion, art, and political activism to be absolutely awe-inspiring!

5) You love to cook – what’s your favorite dish to make? Do you have go-to recipe that you could share with everyone reading this? 

I love making pad thai!!! I also love to eat any kind of Thai food – (Panang curry is the bombbb) and any meant-filled pastry or a good ol’ burger. those are my definite food vices. It’s takien me a long time to get a pad thai recipe down but I’m finally starting to kind of nail it. I don’t think I can share it though because 50% of the time it’s made with what scraps I have in my fridge 😉

6) Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself? 

10 minutes into the future of anyone but myself – I don’t want to know what’s to come, as I believe that will affect my decisions in life down the road. I just want to keep working hard in hopes that the outcome will eventually be what I strive towards. I’d be curious to see what happens to someone else though; and I definitely wouldn’t tell them unless their life was in danger!

I first heard this song from Houseboy when Max enthusiastically asked me to sit down and “just listen.” At the time, he didn’t know that Otis Redding is one of my all-time favorite musicians, so when I knew immediately who the sample was, he shared in my excitement. This song has hit me in the feels since day one and I’m so excited to share it with all of you. Even better, Max released it as a free download so you can listen to it anytime, anyplace. Enjoy!

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