We had the good fortune of connecting with Maxwell Pierce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maxwell, what do you want people to remember about you?
In a perfect situation, I’d like my friends/colleagues in the music industry to remember me for being easy-going and talented, someone they can count on. For my family, I want them to remember me for the great love story my wife and I share and the unparalleled love for my daughter.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Honestly, I’m really just passionate about bass. In other words, it was easy to work very hard on my craft because I loved it.
I’m proud to have worked for some great productions companies including For The Record and Diamond Dog Production. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some killer artists like Patrice Pike (Austin Music Hall of Fame), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Maiya Sykes (The Voice, Scary Pockets), Holy Wars, Mark Goldenberg (Jaskson Brown), Evan Rachel Wood (actor), Sonja Midtune, Sneaky Little Devil, and many others. I also play with a band, Lanigan, which is about to release a new EP which I’m very excited about.
What sets me apart is that I don’t think of myself as better or worse than others. You can always learn something from someone you wouldn’t expect.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that success looks different to everyone. For me, success means supporting my family with my art.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite spots in LA is All Time in Los Feliz. Everything they have there is incredible. Best breakfast Burrito I’ve ever had. But seriously, everything is delicious there. Then right down the street is Maru Coffee. If you know me you know I love coffee and they have the best. Just be ready to stand in line. I also love being outdoors, so if you come to visit I’d most likely take you to Descanso Gardens. For live music, Hotel Cafe is my favorite venue to play or see other artists perform. The vibe and sound there is phenomenal.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife is the real hero, I just play bass. And, of course, all the stellar musicians and music directors that hire me. Thank you to all the bass players that have come before me, especially James Jamerson (Motown).