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Solo artist name question?

Post by MaxRossell » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:48 am

Hi guys. Long time no see.

I hope this is okay to post here, I'm hoping you can help me out. I'll shortly be recording a bunch of my own music under my name. I've previously only ever put out music under a band name, but this time I want it to be clear it's all me, all instruments and writing and producing.

Thing is I have a bit of an unusual name. My full name is Maximillian Antonio Rossell. I go by Max, but my first problem is that no one ever pronounces my last name right. It rhymes with "boss-hell" with the emphasis on the second syllable, but people always say "rustle". The second problem is that whatever permutation of the name I come up with sounds a little bit pretentious to me. I wish my name was a bit more like Tom Waits or David Gray or Jack Jones. But still, I'd like to use my own name if possible, so can you guys make some suggestions or give me some thoughts on what variant of my name I could go by?

It's quiet acoustic stuff with elaborate instrumental and vocal arrangements, sort of Damien Rice meets Fiona Apple meets Jeff Buckley, that kind of stuff.

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Re: Solo artist name question?

Post by Les Paul Lover » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:33 am

Max rossell sounds just fine to me.

Could you be over thinking it?

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Re: Solo artist name question?

Post by bclaire » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:34 am

You'll be joining the struggle that Ray Davies and David Bowie went through: having their names pronounced differently.

I would correct people when they get it wrong but just let go otherwise.

Or call your first album "Max Rossell, pronounced Ross-Hell"

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Re: Solo artist name question?

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Re: Solo artist name question?

Post by onetracker » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:15 pm

one name. modified spelling.


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Re: Solo artist name question?

Post by kmlabs » Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:23 pm

Max A Ross

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