We had the good fortune of connecting with Maximo Abraham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maximo, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Cada cual tiene un trip en el bocho, difícil que lleguemos a ponernos de acuerdo”, Charly Garcia. Translation: “Everyone has a different trip in their minds, it will be difficult for us to come to an agreement”.
I always took this quote as a lesson that we are all different as human beings and that we may not have the same way of thinking, and that’s ok. Our competition should not be against each other, should be against ourselves, and learn from the one you have next to you to become a better version of yourself. Of course, I know it’s not the quote’s literal meaning, but my interpretation of it has helped me to see with other eyes my art and the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being honest, lately, I tried not to compare my music to other artists, but to compare it to myself. The constant search of writing the best I possibly can about the way I feel at that moment or becoming the best musical version of myself, is what pushes me to keep moving forward everyday.
My art consist of Argentinian music. I have my main project, called Unos Pares, consisted of my compositions. After moving to the US 5 years ago, I have been looking for ways of combining the Argentinian rock/pop sound, that is the style of the songs that I write, with the different musical background from all its members. The band has been rotating its members since it was formed in 2018. Since the pandemic started, Unos Pares has released 5 songs, with one of them being placed in the Spotify’s editorial playlist: Rockeando, “the new argentinian rock sound”.
I think that to be where I’m at today, there has been a combination of hard work and luck. On one side, lucky to have met and keep meeting so many incredible musicians and making friends along the way throughout these years, and on the other side, hard work because it doesn’t come easy. In other words, the opportunity would never come knocking at your door. You have to constantly be on the lookout of opportunities, improving your writing skills, rehearsing, among infinite other things that involve being a musician, plus enjoying the process. And I think that’s what I have learned along the way was finding a middle ground between all I need to do as a musician and being able to take a different moments to enjoy everything I’m doing.
One of the things I’m more proud of is not having left my roots besides having moved to another country. Argentinian music has been on my ears since I was around 11 and has accompanied my throughout the years. And I’m very excited for the upcoming releases that Unos Pares will have at the end of this year with a lot of collaborations and new sounds. Also, I’m really looking forward to another upcoming project that consists of a Tango Duet (guitar and voice).
The message that I want to transmit to the world with my music is a message of love with one another. I think love is the only thing that will save us at the end.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Having moved to Los Angeles in the middle of the pandemic has not given me enough time to get to know a lot of places as much as I would like to. But in my time in this city I was able to get to know some places that I ended up loving.
For our tour, I would alternate between hiking, going to the beach and going out for coffee, dinner and drinks.
The first day we would go hiking to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City, which has an amazing view of the city. The next day, we would go to the beach, probably to Venice Beach or Santa Monica (the one we end up skipping, we may go at the end of the week). The third day, I would suggested to go walking Larchmont Village. There are a lot of coffee shops where we can do take out and walk around the neighborhood enjoying our beverage. I think this plan is one of my favorites. The combination between coffee and a beautiful neighborhood walk makes for me a perfect evening!
The next day, we could go to Santa Monica. Besides spending the day on the beach, I would take advantage that we are there to go to SideCar to buy doughnuts (the best ones I’ve tried so far here). For our Friday, we would go to downtown Culver, where there are a variety of restaurants and bars, plus this part of the city looks beautiful. Saturday, we would go to Alcove for some coffee and walk around Los Feliz. Finally, on the last day we would go hiking to Runyon Canyon or, if we prefer more, to the beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I just wanted to thank my family, my friends and everyone that has been supporting me all these years.