Max Moulton was born in arguably the coolest house in the coolest town in the world. The town was Dixon, New Mexico, rent was $50 a month, the floor was adobe, and his name was supposed to be Jack Daniels Moulton. (Thanks to his neighbors at the time for delicately hinting that Max from Where the Wild Things Are MIGHT be a more appropriate name.) At the tender age of five he honed his survival skills on the streets of Barra De Navidad, Mexico, with substantial help from the local fisherman.
He spent elementary school “learning” to write in Dixon and later miraculously survived a short stint at Peñasco elementary. He allegedly first met Kevyn Gilbert at his seventh birthday party where Max went down in history for spilling an entire liter of Sprite — he has never lived down the shame.
Graced by a father who loved to travel, Max spent many vacations complaining about carrying backpacks and sleeping in hammocks throughout Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador. During high school, Max sacrificed the option to sell drugs at one of the Española Sonics and instead chose to attend Taos High (Yes, he was in John Henderson’s class).
At fifteen, Max & Kevyn began learning Metallica songs and developing websites. By fifteen and a half he had learned the bass line to Sweet Child of Mine and had purchased the domain name for their first company, Gizmo Productions. By fifteen and three quarters Max had given up the bass to learn how to play the drums and never turned back. So dawned Max & Kevyn’s punk band “The Mysterious XXX” with beloved bass player Danny Montoya.
After deciding not to pursue ‘Higher Education,’ Max installed cabinets, cooked in kitchens, toured the country in a 70’s Chevy van, hated living in LA, loved living in New York, slept on storage containers in Paris, complained about college kids in Greece, ate mussels in Ireland, played music with Germans, stood in line for the Vatican, learned to sweat in Kansas, flew across the country to scare a girl, sat in cop cars, learned to play the bodhran, bailed friends out of jail, discovered what community theater was, and after discovering that all places had something to dislike, he ended up back in Taos.
Max now lives in Taos with his life partner, Rita, and still runs Gizmo Productions with his partner for life, Kevyn, all three of whom developed and manage Live Taos. He plays drums in Two Ton Strap, The Big Swing Theory, and The Art of Flying; he also plays bodhrán and mandolin in The Fletcher & John Trio (he’s the ampersand). Max’s natural habitat is in his living room trying to learn how to play the mandolin with his cat.
He never wanted to own a radio station, but is very proud to be part of a new experiment for the airwaves of Taos. He is thrilled by the support the community is showing for the project and most of all the incredible number of amazing DJs who have come forward to support the project. If you ever run into him in the studio and he doesn’t say hi, it’s because he is trying to solve a problem — he’ll say hi eventually.
You can also find Max recording bands and working on projects for DSO Recording, a recording studio in Taos, NM. Learn more about his recording studio in Taos, NM.
He knows this project doesn’t work without the love and dedication the DJs put into their shows.