The Times They Are a-Changin’, the young balladeer Dylan sang in 1964. Change, Max Meser (23) is singing in 2016. For the singer who has a double nationality, the Dutch and the Spanish, indeed a lot has changed in his young life. Not in the least his move from Barcelona to Amsterdam a few years ago. So it’s not that strange that his debut album is titled Change. ‘That title refers to all kinds of radical changes in my life, such as living in another country, but also to the way I look at things around me,’ he explains. ‘I learned so much. For example, I knew nothing of the music business. And I’m still learning every day.’
There is more change. Meser, the archetypical loner, is no longer alone. He formed a band, which marked a reunion with his childhood friend Isaac Wadsworth. With him he has ‘a Lennon / McCartney click.’ Once they performed together as a duo. Drummer Gini Cameron and bassist Mano Hollestelle complete the line-up. Both of them are offspring of the ‘Dutch rock dynasty’.
The band supported local hero Douwe Bob on two domestic tours. Every night Meser joined the headliner on stage for one song, blowing his harmonica. In between he and the band worked on his own album. The first evidence of this came in October 2015 with the release of the single Weak For Love. For the launch party Meser performed at the Casa Rosso nightclub in the red light area in Amsterdam, where he has been a bartender for a long time. Pubcaster 3FM spinned the track over a hundred times and put it in heavy rotation. And that for a debut single! Weak For Love is also playlisted in Spotify’s Spotlight on 2016 for the Dutch market. At the same time OOR magazine, influential music site VPRO 3voor12 and newspaper NRC tipped Meser as one of the great talents to keep an eye out for in 2016. In January Meser performed at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen. One Day is the second single. Meser is generous. The album has no less than 14 tracks, ranging from great old-fashioned pure-pop-for-now-people like the songs Richelle and Singalong, to the larger-than-life ballad Long Way To Go. The latter is the Springsteen-like closing track, featuring Meser’s beautifully wailing harmonica.