I met Mark working at Sweetwater Sound, where for a time he was a sales engineer. What was surprising to discover was that he is the best selling saxophone instrumentalist in the world, but most people that guy his music have no idea who’s music they are buying! It’s a brilliant marketing scheme! Mark was also instrumental in getting me started with my own distribution!
Here is Mark’s bio from his own web site:
Mark Maxwell (aka, Dr. SaxLove) is a saxophonist, composer, and recording artist, and one of the best-selling saxophonist in America. His albums have sold over half a million copies, and his songs have streamed over 60,000,000 times, and his Dr. SaxLove YouTube videos garner many millions of views each month.
Mark has performed and recorded with many remarkable musicians: Garth Webber (Miles Davis, Robben Ford, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt), Tony Lufrano (Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahal, Todd Rundgren), Steve Weingart (Chaka Khan, Eric Marienthal, Ernie Watts, Warren Hill, John Pattituci, Dave Weckl), Red Young (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sonny & Cher, Dolly Parton, Eric Burdon), Mike Valerio (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Craig Woods (Ray Charles, Brian Seltzer) and many others. He has performed the National Anthem at a Laker game twice.
Born into a family of sax players (his mother and sister played the saxophone, and his brother, Phil, is still a performing saxophonist). Mark has always been surrounded by music and musical instruments: “Growing up, we always had a pianos, guitars, and a saxophone in the house. I even had a set of drums for a when I was a teenager. But it was the saxophone that spoke to me and always felt the most right in my hands.”
For Mark and his music, it’s all about communicating love: “My calling in life, my mission, is to assist in the uplifting of the spirit of humankind with the music that flows through me. And the saxophone is the perfect instrument for that – everybody loves the sax and the sax makes everybody feel good!”
Mark says, “I’m really lucky because it’s my job in life to be a sax player and I get to make music that helps people feel good. I’m a strong believer in the power to the saxophone to heal – people just feel better when they hear it. It is my sincere hope that my music uplifts you, relaxes you, romances you, enlightens you, enlivens you, and otherwise just makes you feel good.”
Mark was born in Michigan and is currently living in near Detroit.