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Meet Max Sindermann of Max Sindermann Music in Mid City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Max Sindermann.

Max, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started playing music when I was young and didn’t really plan to turn it into a career at the time. I was listening to my parents and looking to follow something more practical, but I had this intense passion for it. Eventually the passion got too big to ignore, and my dad was the one who stepped in and said I should major in music.

I had these big dreams of coming out of school and working in the industry. I was a tough worker, and willing to put in my time, but coming out of school showed me life was more difficult. I tried my best to break into the business side of the industry and get a career going, but I learned quickly that life doesn’t just give you something in return automatically for working hard, sometimes there’s a stroke of luck involved too. I got stuck in a full-time job outside of my field, but I figured I could start taking on projects on the side to continue working towards my career. Eventually it got to 60-70 hour per week, sometimes having to work every single day. I was working on original music, both for clients as well as for my band Event Horizon. I was starting to take on some students on top of it, but it was all starting to get pretty exhausting. Without a reasonable amount of free time to make things happen, it was hard to see any real growth in the business.

Eventually, the hard work finally led to something. I got hooked up with some paying performance gigs. The money I was bringing in wasn’t enough to match up to a full-time job, but it was enough to show me that I had a really chance of realizing my potential. I decided I had to take control and start making more opportunities happen for me, so I quit my full-time job and started making my business a full-time venture.

I work with students now all over the LA area. I’ve also performed with several different artists and bands. There’s a lot of competition out there, so the business expands slowly. It’s up to me to separate myself from the crowd and show my value. It’s difficult, but the sense of fulfillment makes it all worthwhile. For the first time since I was young, I started to get that magical sense of excitement from playing music. I love getting to share that with others around me.

Has it been a smooth road?
There were a lot of struggles along the way. I had to drop out of college for a year due to illness, which later resulted in chronic pain issues that I still deal with to this day. There was a lot of persistence needed to move forward just from that, and that doesn’t even count the ruthlessness of the music industry I had to face.

Meeting people and forming relationships is one of the biggest struggles of getting a leg up in this business. Unfortunately, I found myself doing lots of favors for free and putting in hard hours for people who didn’t ever want to return the favor. People always stress how important networking is, but they never tell you what to do when all those networking contacts are just looking to take advantage of you.

It’s easy for young people coming into this business to get disillusioned and discouraged. They walk away from it before they ever had a chance to really succeed. But after years of working through it, I’m happy to say that I’ve met a lot of wonderful people that are more than just business contacts. These are people I’m proud to call my friends. Music is a tough business, but it does attract a lot of amazing people, if you know where to find them.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Max Sindermann Music – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in composition, performance, and music education. Teaching guitar probably takes up most of my time, and it’s something I really love to do. It’s really fulfilling to work with a student and watch their confidence and skills grow. I work with a pretty wide variety of students, and because of my background, I’m able to work with beginners as well as more advanced students. A big chunk of my business specializes in teaching long-time players who happen to have run into a wall with their playing abilities. A lot of my students are people who already have some years under their belt on the instrument, but are lacking certain skill-sets or are unsure how to move forward.

I really enjoy doing original compositions, and that’s an aspect of the business I’m slowly trying to grow. Getting to flex my creative and compositional muscles is the ultimate workout. My musical background ranges from classical composition to modern rock and heavy metal, so I’m always reaching around for lots of different influences. I’m always doing original songs for my band, Event Horizon, as well as doing compositions for clients for advertisements and short films.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I have spent my whole life in Los Angeles. There’s a lot to love about this city, but a lot of challenges. I love the opportunities this city provides, as well as the constant ability to discover new things. However, I sometimes visit small towns and get a little jealous of how calm and peaceful it can be. Los Angeles is my home though, for better or for worse, and I’ve built a great career and met a lot of wonderful people out here.

Pricing:

  • $50 – 1 hour in-home lesson
  • $40 – 45 minute in-home lesson
  • $30 – 1/2 hour in-home lesson
  • $40 – 1 hour in-studio lesson
  • $30 – 45 minute in-studio lesson
  • $20 – 1/2 hour in-studio lesson

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