Palm trees and blue sky in Los Angeles
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Let’s talk music with DJ Max Chipchase

November 08, 2019

We caught up with the jet-setting international DJ to find out about his love of music, eclectic playlists and life in LA versus London.

How did you first get into music?

I’ve always loved music as far back as I can remember. When I was a child my parents would often listen to music, especially classical. It made me open different genres from a young age. For me there’s good and bad in every type of music, and I can find something to appreciate in them all.

What made you want to become a DJ?

I found it a really instinctive thing. I naturally discovered through my own love of music the power it has over our emotions. I think of music as the soundtrack to life. Songs are able to take you back to certain moments in your life by sparking memories and often changing how you feel. I found myself looking for the right track to suit the moment, initially for my own enjoyment and then as a DJ.

Portrait of smiling DJ Max
Canyon view of patios and trees

What are some of your favourite tracks?

That’s impossible to say because it really depends on what mood I’m in and where I am at the time. For example, there are some albums that I liked listening to as a kid and appreciate even more now because of their artistry and a sense of nostalgia.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The fact that it’s not a job at all! As soon as it starts to feel like work it will be time to move on and do something different. For me the real thrill is the amazing energetic exchange you get to experience with your audience. It’s always different and although many DJs love playing to massive crowds, I find smaller gatherings much more personal. 

What’s your most memorable gig?

Private parties are the best. I’ve played at many famous clubs and Oscar parties but private parties, where everyone has gathered to celebrate one special person or event, make it easier to resonate with the whole crowd. When you’re standing on a podium, way above everyone, you feel quite detached and that takes away the magic for me.

What music do you listen to most?

The playlists on my phone are the most random and eclectic mix imaginable. They wouldn’t make sense to anyone else but I know that every song is there for a reason and has meaning for me. Music is such an integral part of my life that I’ve got playlists for relaxing, travelling, cleaning the house – you name it I’ve got a soundtrack for it.

Photograph on a pink deckchair with palm leaf decorations at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Aerial view of hotel in the canyon

What are your best travel tips?

I travel a lot for work and I’ve certainly clocked up plenty of air miles over the years. However, I always look forward to long-haul flights. It’s one of the few times you can just have time to yourself, catch up on sleep, read a good book, and watch movies you probably would see otherwise.

London or LA?

I’m very lucky that I get to enjoy the best of both worlds by spending time between the two. I’m originally from Newcastle and lived in London for many years, before moving to LA where I’m now based. When I’m in LA I love the sunshine and they do the most incredible Japanese and Mexican food but I miss London’s seasons. I also love to walk everywhere in London and that gives me chance to listen to music making it a special time – music really is food for the soul.

What are your Dorchester Collection highlights?

The Spectrum of Sound mix I created for Dorchester Collection was a particularly exciting challenge. It takes you on a musical tour of all the hotels in just 18 songs. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air are home to so much history. Whenever I’m there I think about all the people who have passed through the doors over the years. When I visited the Paris hotels, Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice, what struck me was a totally different vibe. There’s an incredible sense of heritage at all the hotels and that creates a clear sound identity for me.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on more brand collaborations including another Dorchester Collection project. I’ve only just starting working on this but I’m already feeling inspired and look forward to sharing it with you.

View on Beverly Hills from a balcony at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Take a musical journey to our legendary destinations around the world with our bespoke Spectrum of Sound playlist curated by international DJ Max Chipchase.
You can also stream the playlist via SpotifyAmazon or Deezer.

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