Maxx McGathey is a Chicago based composer and pianist best known for his role as the band leader of Gramps The Vamp. The originator of "doom funk", Maxx writes music for the group that reflects his eclectic musical interests (funk, afrobeat, psych rock, jazz, experimental contemporary music and more groove based styles) and his fascination with the aesthetic of classic adventure, sci-fi and horror cinema. Maxx’s experience with the dark, cinematic sound of Gramps The Vamp led him to several horror film composition credits including the 2016 throwback “Demonoid 1971”, a 2017 live score for the silent classic Nosferatu (1922) commissioned by the Chicago Park District, and two live score commissions from Chicago’s Music Box Theater in 2018 and 2019 for their popular annual event "Music Box of Horrors". Maxx is also an active studio and stage pianist that has performed and/or recorded with Chicago based artists Divino Niño, Secret Colours, Mercedes Inez, Mich, and many more. 


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