Meet Taj: Max Shultz
We’re usually busy on tour, living life, and working on new songs for the new album. But, we somehow just realized that you don’t know Taj like we know Taj. So, here’s your opportunity. We’ll post an interview with one of your favorite Taj band members every week for the next few weeks. Our first interview is with the man who puts the Max in Bass (you know what I’m saying)…Max.
Why did you get into music?
I feel like I got into music because of my dad. He would always listen to music super loud, stuff like Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa…you know, weird shit. It was always on. I mean always. I don’t think I ever heard the radio in his garage not on…not exaggerating at all…it was always on.
What’s your favorite song?
My favorite song is probably “Bring it on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke, which is odd to me for some reason.
Who’s your favorite artist?
It constantly changes between four or five bands. Right now I’d probably say NOFX.
What do you do in the real world?
I’m a paralegal.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done but can’t get arrested for?
Ummmm, does it even count if it’s legal?
How’d you get involved in the world’s favorite ska-punk band (The Taj Motel Trio)?
I got involved in Taj because I moved back home and the band I was in was kinda falling apart. I’ve been playing shows with Taj in my other bands since I was in high school and even had a brief moment playing bass for them (but I quit because I wanted to play guitar). So, I started being really in the band about five years ago maybe. On guitar too. However, we had a tour coming up and our bass player couldn’t make it because of car wreck literally a couple of hours before our first show. So, I sat outside the venue and learned the set on bass. Played that whole tour on bass. When we got back, I bought a bass and have never looked back. Now, I don’t trust anyone to play bass but me. Ha.