BIOGRAPHY



Max Tucker is a drummer and producer living in Portland, Oregon where he

recently relocated from Brooklyn, NY. He moved to NYC in 2000 from Northern 

California's Bay Area to attend the New School University Jazz Program from 

which he received a BFA in 2004. In the Bay Area Max studied with Josh Jones 

and Eddie Marshall. At the New School Max studied with jazz legends such as 

Andrew Cyrill, Charlie Persip, Jane Ira Bloom, and Cecil McBee. Also at The 

New School Tucker met his mentor, Michael Carvin. After college Max began 

playing with many different bands; most notably the afro-pop group, Asiko 

and the Jaik Miller Band, with whom he toured the Northeast extensively. Max 

also played with the brass gospel band, McCullough Son’s of Thunder 

with whom he did tours of Sweden and Morroco and played at Carnegie 

Hall (opening for Antony and the Johnsons) and Monterey Jazz Festival 

(opening for Bonnie Raitt). From August of 2007 to February of 2009, 

Tucker was the drummer for the band Francis and the Lights. With that 

band he recorded a double-sided single released as vinyl for Cantora 

records and 2 full-length records for Normative Music Company. Also 

with Francis And The Lights, Tucker headlined several sold-out shows at 

the Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom in NYC as well as opening for 

the band MGMT at their 2008 Halloween show in Brooklyn. 

He spent 2009 and the early part of 2010 with the NYC band 

Wakey!Wakey!, appearing at SXSW and on the season finale of “One Tree 

Hill." He then played in Brooklyn band, Dinowalrus with whom he has played 

many shows in the New York greater area as well as touring with Titus 

Andronicus at the end their 2011 tour. 


In late 2013 Tucker began producing original electronic music. He has 

released music under his own name as well as under the moniker "Weird 

HappYness - a collaboration with Malik Ameer. Max has also recently been 

hired to score a number of "in-house" videos for PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Somewhere along the way Max also began teaching drum lessons which he is 

actively doing in in the greater Portland area.