Max Ingrid

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Max Ingrid
Max with Sunglasses.jpg
Max circa 1987
Born Maxwell Christian Hyslop
(1961-04-10) 10 April 1961 (age 56)
Toronto, Canada
  • Musician
  • composer
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Joe Campbell (m. 2014; div. 2014)
Musical career
  • piano
  • synthesizer
  • drums
Associated acts

Max Amadeus Ingrid, (born Maxwell Christian Hyslop; 10 April 1961), is a Canadian music producer and musician. He is the current keyboardist of the band In Order to Live.

Life and career

Early life and Southbound Train

Ingrid was born in Toronto, and is the son of noted Canadian classical musician Ricky Hyslop. He joined Canadian Opera Company's children's chorus at the age of five, but was expelled less than a year later for unknown reasons. Ingrid was a classically trained pianist during his youth, but at age sixteen dropped out of school and joined a touring band, playing the synthesizer and singing on their shows, also taking a variety of musical jobs such as organ player in churches, piano bars or doing commercial jingles.

Ingrid remained in and out of bands for several years, eventually settling in Las Vegas, Nevada around 1980. He found some success playing solo shows in local venues, but realized that he would need to form a proper band in order to remain relevant. Consequently, Ingrid began sitting in on music classes at UNLV with the intention of recruiting talent for a new band. There, he met Jimmy O'Connor, lead guitarist and vocalist of the recently-defunct punk rock band The Fight Mes. Though the two had inherently differing styles, their like-minded approach to songwriting and marketing led them to form the progressive rock band Southbound Train (a direct reference to one of Ingrid's favorite groups Crosby & Nash), emulating the sound of then-popular bands such as Foreigner and Boston.

As the style of Southbound Train evolved and new members joined the group, Ingrid and O'Connor began having greater and greater creative differences. By late 1984, tensions were at an all-time high. The band's first album, It's Not The 60s Anymore, was slated for release that same year, but Ingrid was displeased with the production of the recordings. He went on to delay the album for another eight months, ordering extensive re-recordings and alterations to the existing material. During this time, O'Connor began experimenting with opiates and LSD, often arriving at studio sessions unable to perform or simply disappearing for days at a time. It was during one of these episodes on July 5, 1985 that O'Connor set fire to the recording booth and consequently burnt down Truckee Studios, destroying all of the existing album recordings.

Ingrid initially claimed to Reno police that the fire was a direct result of an argument between O'Connor and himself, claiming that O'Connor had intentionally and maliciously started the fire. O'Connor, unable to clearly recall the event and choosing to represent himself in court, was convicted of first-degree arson and sentenced to six years in Nevada State Prison. Years later, Ingrid publicly retracted his claims about O'Connor's malicious intent regarding the fire, claiming that O'Connor was not even in the same part of the building that the fire began at the time. O'Connor, however, never took legal action to attempt to overturn his conviction.

In Order to Live and solo work

After O'Connor's incarceration in 1985, Ingrid secluded himself at his family home in Vancouver where he personally re-recorded the entire album over a period of twelve months (aside from the bass guitar parts which were re-recorded by Southbound Train bassist Kim Chun). These recordings were infamously never released, but were the first time that Ingrid invited backing vocalist Joe Campbell to sing lead vocals on his work. However, while both worked extensively alongside Ingrid on the new recordings, neither Campbell nor Chun were ever offered the opportunity to hear the completed album by Ingrid, a matter of contention still held by Campbell.

Ingrid eventually moved back to Las Vegas where the three remaining members of Southbound Train renamed themselves In Order to Live (a name that both Ingrid and Campbell claim to have originated) and continued playing together at local venues until the spring of 1986. After a rise in local popularity, and being persuaded by Campbell and Chun, Ingrid agreed to go on tour with the material from It's Not The 60s Anymore under the new band name. This tour of the Western United States would come to be known as the band's "dive bar tour" and marked the beginning and end of the group's alternative rock era. The band toured off and on through the end of 1987 to little acclaim, a reality that drove Ingrid to begin working on his own solo material for the first time in seven years. By 1988, Ingrid had placed the band on an unofficial hiatus in order to work on what would become his first and only solo album.

In 1989, with enough material for a full studio album, Ingrid began looking for a record label to facilitate his new electronic direction. He cut a demo tape and was signed to a label who relocated him to New York and then to Los Angeles. However, adamant on producing his own music, Ingrid left the label and, after negotiations with other labels, settled with Warner Bros. Records, who agreed to sign him on his own terms. His debut album, To The Max, released in 1990, was fully written, produced and performed on the synthesizer (except for the guitar parts) by Ingrid himself. The album, though a critical success, was a commercial failure, selling only 2,000 copies worldwide.

Reformation of In Order to Live

After the commercial failure of To The Max, Ingrid's then-producer Howard Wong suggested that he return to an ensemble format. It was then, in 1991, that Campbell and Chun were officially invited back by Ingrid to reform In Order to Live. Dissolving Ingrid's personal contract, the band was signed by Warner Bros. Records on a probationary status that required them to produce a viable album within twelve months to remain on the label.