Maxim Ludwig - All My Nightmares/Assembly Line
At 27, Maxim Ludwig has lived ups and downs and weathered it all. In experience and attitude, he is a man of extremes — the honest instigator in the tradition of R.P. McMurphy, Warren Zevon and Norman Mailer — more heroic in demeanor than in action, irreverent to all but his craft.
As one of Los Angeles' most promising young acts at 19, Ludwig was hyped early by the L.A. Times as "ready to take on" Bob Dylan's legacy with a Hollywood residency likened to "Buffalo Springfield's early gigs at the Whisky.” But he followed bad advice, signing too many contracts because he liked how his name looked in ink, and soon wound up packaging deluxe edition CDs and box sets as an assembly line foreman at a downtown factory.
Four trying years later, Ludwig is now recording under his own name exclusively for the first time. More inspired and motivated than ever, he's producing his best work to date with a clearer vision of himself and the world around him. On All My Nightmares/Assembly Line, his Hit City U.S.A. debut and the latest in the label’s For Immediate Release singles series, Ludwig chronicles this poetic descent — tracking true disappointment and the reality of being a college drop out, drained of creative vision before he's barely legal to even buy a beer.
"All my nightmares start as dreams/all my whispers turn to screams," he sings on "All My Nightmares," backed by a full band, the melody lifted by a three-part saxophone section. On the b-side "Assembly Line," he slows things down, dipping into heavily medicated Philly soul chronicling his blue collar day-to-day. Wondering where things went awry, Ludwig croons out into the cavernous factory, "Want to be more than me / more than what has come before," closing with the refrain repeating, simply, "I'm so depressed."
Release Date: October 30, 2015
All songs written by Maxim Ludwig | Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Sean O'Brien