Max Gabin with Mia Cooper is the new project of ex Gabin’s Max Bottini and Mia Cooper, a singer who since “Third and Double”, the third Gabin studio album, became a crucial member of the band. Should we talk about a new album by Gabin? Not really, but there’s a lot of those fifteen fantastic years with Gabin and of the contribution that Gabin gave to the music world, becoming one of the most representative acts on the international electro lounge scene.
Max Bottini’s music is international to such an extent that not many people, not even in our country, knew that Gabin were from Italy. This internationality is markedly emphasized on the Max Gabin with Mia Cooper project. In fact, several years ago Max moved to New York and, by chance, so had Mia after years spent in Italy. Hence, a new collaboration between them was almost inevitable. Mia had landed in Italy years before to study at university and here she also started her artistic career. Among her most important collaborations, there are the Italian star Pino Daniele and Gabin. Her work with Gabin gave life to some crucial pearls, such as “So Many Nights”, “Keep it Cool”, “Lost and Found” and “Ready, Set, Go!”, which became the signature tune of the ABC show “Dancing with the Stars” in the States. Max Bottini, an excellent bass player who worked with jazz superstars such as John Scofield and Billy Cobham, among others, focused his own career on Gabin from 2001 in order to make them what they have become on the international music scene: 4 studio albums, 3 collections, concerts all over Europe, charts in 5 continents and one of the leading electro lounge bands. Two years ago, the break-up of Gabin prior to his move to New York, which only recently became official, led Max to immediately begin the first steps of his solo career. Taking advantage of Mia’s presence in New York, he came up with the idea to create a new duo. The writing of the new songs came as smoothly as drinking a glass of water, fast and clear. The album “Keep on Drivin'” winks at the world of movies, with tracks like “Don’t Go”, originally written for Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece, “Django in Chains”, but also “Keep on Drivin'” and “Everything's Changed”, just to name a couple. A special note should be added for “Dinner (Cooking Song)”, which is easy to imagine on a cooking or food show, and is musically close to “Bang Bang to the Rock 'n Roll”, Gabin’s smash in terms of synchronizations. "Bang Bang" was recently adapted and re-sung by Max Bottini, who also sang the original song, and is being be used for the second year in a row for Fox Sports’ "Daytona Day" event.
“Keep on Drivin'” is an eclectic album, the first act of a project by two great artists who will become a landmark.