– Max Deste, born in 1973 Massimiliano De Stefanis, is a Swiss writer and songwriter, with two novels of social anticipation, a collection of poems,...Read Biography
Max Deste, born in 1973 Massimiliano De Stefanis, is a Swiss writer and songwriter, with two novels of social anticipation, a collection of poems, a dystopian theatrical trilogy, and numerous musical productions. His work is generally strongly inspired by Buddhist meditation, which he has been practicing for over thirty years.
Married with three children, a graduate in literature at the University of Lausanne, he worked as an assistant and researcher for the FNRS, and currently teaches Italian, history and civics in the middle sector in Canton Ticino, where he coordinates the project he designed under the title Skuola Media (for an educational use of social media and new technologies). In addition, he works part-time as a healer (chromopuncture, reflexology, massage therapy) and as director of the Shambhala Ticino Meditation Center.
As a guitarist, he initially played in two rock bands in Lausanne (Solal, Beauty Pain), then, in 2007, he founded the Bruit de Fond (alternative rock) in Ticino, with which he won two prizes for "Palco ai giovani" ( top rated band and best text, "Universo uterino"), making an album ("Borderline", 2008) and an Ep ("Solitarie", 2009), and later My Dead Mind (punk-rock), recording an Ep ("Neverdie") and a video clip of the same name. As a songwriter, in 2013 he made an Ep of seven songs ("Il tuo cigno è morto") and a video clip ("Corpi violati") with which he addressed the issue of self-injury. Later, he often performed with various formations, proposing numerous unpublished works, merged in part in the album and "OK silence", published in December 2018), anticipated by the singles "Danzare tra le nuvole", "Ancora estate" and " Dove finisce il giorno ", with which he participated in the Swiss selections of the Eurovision Song Contest, obtaining excellent feedback and constant dissemination in the main national radio station Rete Uno and in the main Ticino radio stations (Rete Tre and Radio Ticino). In this latest project more modern, electronic and acoustic sounds emerge, referring to the Italian indie pop scene. The main theme concerns the relationship between man and technology, highlighting the need to recover universal values, such as love and compassion, and this thanks to practices that lead to greater awareness, such as meditation. The album, produced in collaboration with the Heaven recording studio of Lugano, was awarded as the best album of December 2018 by the much followed Italian magazine Systeme Failure (https://www.systemfailurewebzine.com/migliori-band-decembre- 2018 /), and was highly appreciated by critics, with about two hundred reports, including interviews, reviews, top singles, etc.
In this last year he has also been a guest several times on Rete 3 broadcasts ("An hour for you", "The club of Rete Tre", "Baobab") and at Radio Ticino ("Rafting", "Music Club"). He finally performed in May at the Notte Bianca in Locarno, on the main stage of Piazza Grande, after being selected by the radio broadcast Music Club. He is currently on tour to promote "Ok silenzio" and has also started recording for the new album will be released in spring 2020, anticipated by a single next fall.
Support band members: Fabrizio Brioschi (guitar), Roberto Panzeri (percussion), Laura Roggiani (choirs and piano).
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