Max Wheeler is a producer and DJ who has released albums on Gilles’ Peterson’s Brownswood, Tru Thoughts and First Word Records. As half of Anushka he has performed live from Saigon to Siberia via Texas and Berlin with over 10m streams online. He has worked with artists ranging from members of Kraftwerk to Grime Legend Trim, also remixing artists from Snoop Dogg to Gorgon City. Over the last couple of years he has built a healthy online audience with his weekly analog hardware studio jams recorded onto reel to reel tape.
He has been an educator for nearly 20 years, starting with Youth Clubs in West Yorkshire and Lancashire and currently the author and Programme Director of the VIP Studio Sessions online learning platform for Charanga, winner of the Music Teacher Award for Best Digital Resource in 2018 and currently in use by 40,000 secondary school students in the UK and around the world. During the pandemic Max worked on a small team developing a new accessible online DAW ‘YuStudio’ which is a recent winner of a BETT award and available free of charge for all Youth Music Projects and will be available this year to all Charanga students (currently over 11,000 schools). Max also delivers CPD, training and workforce development on Music Technology, Engagement and Inclusion to a number of Music Hubs and Community organisations around the UK.
In 2018 he wrote and performed his first orchestral work: Grown a Grime Opera with the rap artist Eyez and Essex Youth Orchestra – in collaboration with Essex Music Hub. The project was a finalist for the Music Teacher award for Best Musical Initiative and has recently been funded for performance by more music hubs around the country.