Restlessness and an overwhelming urge to communicate are the only spurs that incite certain artists to take action. Max Maffia is without doubt one of these artists. While many artists, before acting, think about their sales potential and the chances of meeting with general approval, Maffia, like few others, acts because he has no choice. His lifestyle and artistic production are living proof. Born in Salerno, a fiery electric guitarist with a strong Hendrix stamp and influenced by the sound of 4AD, Max has also demonstrated with the acoustic guitar his ability to reach extraordinary states of grace. His first release was the cd “Sky and Misery”, produced by Paul Chain in 1995, with the rock group the “Peanuts”. For a year or two he was a member of the ska group “Appesi Aun Filo” and also played with “Il Pozzo di San Patrizio”, recording with them the album “Altri Tempi” (Other Times) – a mix of Irish folk, dub and space rock – and taking part in their international tour. In the meantime Max moved ahead with his own self-produced projects such as “Stagioni” (Seasons) and “Anywhere in the World”, the soundtrack to a video entitled “Picasso, sulle impronte del mito” (Picasso, on the artist’s trail). From 2005-2006 he collaborated with Nicodemo, a group of electronica songsters, on the albums “Boulevard Du Sud” (Southern Boulevard) and “Il Treno per Bologna” (The train for Bologna) while dedicating himself at the same time to the cultural association “Anima Mundi” of which he is both founder and president. In the spring of 2007 he successfully completed the difficult musical and hunanitarian project “The Right Compilation” supported by the FAO for the Telefood programme. The album is the result of a meeting of artists from various cultural and stylistic backgrounds such as the Scambio, the Israelian singer Talya G. A. Solan, the Argentinian singer Florencia Ruiz and the Neapolitan sitar player Guido Schiraldi. At the moment Max Maffia released a new cd with “the Peanuts” “10” and is touring with his new band “Max Maffia & the Empty Daybox” and released a new album called “Happiness is a tree”. (Gianmaria Consiglio | translation by Tony Lawson)
since 1992 The Peanuts (since 2007 w/ Johnny Sessa e Lore Maffia)
1998-2000 Appesi aun filo
2002-2004 Il pozzo di san Patrizio
since 2009 Max Maffia and the Empty Daybox (con Daniela Lunelli, Valerio Valiante e Alessandro Taborri)
Independent projects and production
2000 An Afternoon like this – Peppe Gianfredi/Max Maffia
2003 Winter session – AA.VV.
2004 Summer session – AA.VV.
2004 Spring session – AA.VV.
2004 Autumn Session – AA.VV.
2006 Sera – AA.VV.
2006 Nightsick – AA.VV.
2007 The right compilation – AnimaMundi/Daybox Records/Telefood FAO – AA.VV.
2008 1968 – Sonora’68
2008 Silver – 3×0
2008 Synapticollapse – Naadir
2009 Fifth Season – Max Maffia
Reading and Theatrical projects
2011 I racconti dell’ombrellino rosso (Pio Giottini | Max Maffia & the Empty Daybox)
2013 Le Donne coi vestiti a fiori (Diego De Silva & The Peanuts)
2014 Non dirmi che hai paura (Marcello Napoli & Gerry Guarino | featuring Annamaria Conte)
2014 Il poeta e la natura (Marco Dell’Acqua | Max Maffia & the Empty Daybox)
2015 No Words (Teatri di popolo | Max Maffia & Valerio Valiante)
2005 – Video “Picasso, sulle impronte del mito” Cactus film
2007 – iL!ive – (cinzia teresa maietti)
2012 – Salerno rima d’inverno di Pierpaolo di Maio
2012 – She Died – episodi II e V
2013 – I quattro elementi – Mediavox
2014 – Ma non l’amore qualunque – Hobos Factory/Unitalia
2014 – Volevo solo vivere – Corto sulla tragedia di Balvano
Max Maffia and the Empty Daybox – A new Dawn (Hobos Factory)
The Peanuts – Timeless world (Clever production)
Max Maffia and the Empty Daybox – In volo (Italian Souls – Clever Production)
Max Maffia and the Empty Daybox – November 4th (Italian Souls- Clever Production)
Elegal – Project about copyright infringments (Salerno Italia)
“Max Maffia and the Empty Daybox“
- Happiness is a tree (daybox records/cd baby) | 2012
- Compilation El otro canto (circulo bar/hacia el horizonte) con il brano Arabia | 2013
- A better place (daybox records/cd baby( | 2015 (TBA)
- Anywhere, in the world! (digital)
- VIVA (digital)
- Lullaby (digital)
- Fifth Season (digital)
- The war next door
- Sky and Misery (day records)
- The Right Compilation (animamundi/daybox records)
- 10 (daybox records/cd baby)
“Il Pozzo di San Patrizio”
- Altri tempi (ethnoworld/venus)
- Hard Folk Cafè (UPR Folk Rock/Edel)
- Boulevard du sud
- Il treno per bologna (La Fabbrica)
“Appesi aun filo”
- Suoni di tutti i colori (Arci Anagrumba)