Maxwell Kozen - the lead singer of his eponymously named band KOZEN - was introduced to music early on in life. Piano lessons and the church choir were his first childhood steps into the music world, and he eventually found his way to guitar, bass, trombone, drums, and expanded his vocal skills from singing to metal screams.
But perhaps the most essential part of Max's musical upbringing was Toronto itself. The diversity of the city lent itself to a myriad of different experiences that would shape Max into an artist with a well-rounded experience beyond most musicians his age. While many hours were poured into writing Progressive Metal and other Rock material, Max spent just as much time supporting local R&B and Hip-Hop artists in the city as a session guitarist, and playing Gospel music at church. These connections would eventually gain Max experience playing Reggae, Soca, Highlife, Ska, Funk, and more. At the same time, Max spent his summers refining his familiarity with Folk, Pop-Punk, and Contemporary Christian music while teaching guitar and directing music at a summer camp in central Ontario.
After high school, Max took a year off school to intern at Bunker 8 Digital Labs in Toronto where he learned the ins and outs of modern electronic music production - working on Industrial, Hip-Hop, and EDM projects. During College, he took some classical voice lessons, worked alongside classical musicians as a drummer for the Durham Adventist Choir, and also spent time honing his skills as a church worship leader.
Max has worn multiple hats over the course of his music journey: guitar teacher, band member, producer, mixer, live and recorded session musician, songwriter, blogger/music writer, and church music director. Learning to appreciate music from so many different angles has allowed him to become a versatile and adaptable collaborator in most any musical context.
Currently, Max is part of several ongoing musical projects.