Previously supported by the late Avicii, and EDM-heavyweights Don Diablo, Tiesto, and Fedde Le Grand, Maxim Schunk is no stranger to the electronic dance music scene. After dominating the Spotify charts earlier this year and gathering over 2 million streams with “My Name”, a collaboration between Raven & Kreyn featuring the vocals of renowned singer-songwriter BISHØP, Schunk is ready to reign the charts once again with “Light Up” on Berlin-based Embassy One.
The video for “Light Up” was shot by award-winning director Daniel Sluga within the bustling, neon-filled streets of Bangkok and was inspired by Maxim’s passion for travel.
“The song is about freedom and breaking out from old patterns. It’s a feel-good song that should encourage you to let go and simply enjoy life,” explains Schunk on the new single, “I think that in everyone’s life you somehow reach the point where you feel kind of stuck and just want to try new things. You want to feel the energy and the drive that comes with the beginning of something new. This song is my personal anthem to freedom, to encourage everyone to be brave and spontaneous.”
“I had an amazing time filming Maxim’s new video in Bangkok,” says director Daniel Sluga, “During 2 days we felt the magic of this vibrant urban jungle and could transport this exciting feeling into the video. The crew was just outstanding even though it was very hot in Bangkok. Everyone was on point and we had a lot of fun – you can feel the team spirit and the energy within the video. The colours and the vibe of the city completely match the song’s rhythm – I am really satisfied with this cool and edgy production.”
Maxim Schunk is a German DJ and producer from Ratingen. Inspired by his mother, Schunk started playing the piano when he was 6 years old. At the age of 14 he started producing digital music and in 2010 he attended a music school in Wuppertal.
In 2012, Maxim worked with the singer and songwriter Tihamer Jenei from Hamburg. They produced the song “Make You Fly” and won a YouTube award for the most subscribed channel and the most played video (week/month) in 2012. In 2013 he met the rapper TomE (Tom J Corea), known for the song “Bella Vita” by DJ Antoine and the two produced the song “Feel It In My Heart” featuring TonyT. Maxim also produced and worked with artists such as Carlprit and U-Jean.
At the end of 2014, Maxim and Marcel Müller created the DeepHouseBrothers project. They produced electro-house, big-room and deep house. In December 2015, they released the song “Twerk” as another project called Jaxx with the video making it to the MTV Top 10 Video Charts. The following EP “XuXu” reached the iTunes charts where the song “Shine” (feat. MIC Deal) resulting in the duo ranking as 47th on the Viral Spotify Charts in early March 2016.
At the end of 2015, Jaxx collaborated with singer-songwriter Julia Kautz and produced the song “Heart Beat”. Shortly afterwards, the boys met with one of the most successful producers Harald Reitinger in the studio and produced “Vogelfrei” with singer Ryan Finnich. Later in the year, the song “Twerk” entered the Top 10 MTV Video Charts.
During 2017 Schunk travelled Europe extensively, including Greece, London, Paris and Malta, touring and playing at festivals with one of his best friends, Carlprit.
Breaking away from Jaxx, Maxim decided to go solo and explore new territories by experimenting with new production techniques and styles. In February 2018, he joined forces with Raven & Kreyn‘s and BISHØP to release “My Name”, with Beatport describing it as “an undeniably infectious rework.”