Maxwell Sanchez, who operates under the named Flawless2Wavey, is the type of artist/creator who clicked with us immediately. He’s focused, not afraid to take risks, dedicated to his craft, and constantly looking to hit that right stride. With his recent single, “I’m Sorry,” and his upcoming EP, it seems like he’s found it.

But don’t take our word for it. Sanchez/Flawless2Wavey was kind enough to take the time to talk with us about his journey and how he’s gotten to where he is now in a relatively short amount of time.

“…That’s what I’m doing. I’m removing myself from all the bullshit this industry comes with and just focusing on building my following.”

Let’s start by rewinding a little bit. How did you get into music? Who were the people you were listening to that made you go, “I think this is what I want to do”?

Funny thing about it is I didn’t initially set out to be an artist because I was sort of a shy kid growing up, and I wanted to write books and become an author. But the one artist that really made me come out of shell more and convinced me “Okay, you can definitely do this” was Drake when he dropped So Far Gone in 2009. And I was like 13-14 going through an awkward phase with girls and becoming a loner, and I didn’t know how to express myself, and his music just resonated with me.

I started off just writing songs for girls in my school, and that’s pretty much how I would win them over (laughs).My cousin, who goes by the name of IchiRo, actually was the first person to help me record my first tape when I was 14, and hearing him do his thing on the music side made me grind harder and take it more seriously by the time I was 16. He always gave me pointers on how to perfect my craft and make sure that my bars really hit. Music was, and is, the only thing I’m really good at, so while everybody was out partying in high school, I was in the studio working on my career.

These past few months seem like they’ve been a creative explosion for you – what made these past few months feel like it was time to take it up a few levels, to put your sound out there more?

I just been in the zone lately to be honest. These past few months just been a learning experience for me and trying to decide what kind of artist I wanted to be. I been making music for a few years now, but I deleted all my previous music from the internet because I wanted to rebrand myself and also because at one point, I just didn’t feel like making music anymore.

But I’m very competitive and I know I have something different to offer to the game than the rest of these guys. Every time they try to box me into one category, I’m going to always give them what they don’t expect from me. I like being the underdog and the guy everybody doubts.

“Free the Wave” was your first work on SoundCloud (I think)… how did you decide on that one?

“Free The Wave” was honestly just a song I did for fun. I didn’t think it was going to get the reaction it got. A lot of people hit me up and told me they love the song. I had the song on hold for like 3-4 months before I released it because we were in the middle of shooting the video for it, and plus my old engineer was taking too long to mix the song, so I decided to do it myself.

That’s really why I hold this song dear to my heart because that’s when I decided to take charge of my career and just do it myself. I got the idea for the song basically off the saying “Free The Wave” when people would refer to Max B. He been locked up for a minute, and he’s the person that coined the term “wavey,” and since that’s part of my artist name it was only right I paid homage to him.

The video takes a twist both lyrically, visually, and thematically to create an interesting balance that is strikingly bold and honest – where did the concept for all those pieces to fit together come from?

The concept for the video came from me trying to make a story and a short film out of it, not just a regular rap video. I wanted to show my growth as an artist to the people who were listening before “Free The Wave” and make a good first impression for the people who just started listening.

For the first part of the video, which was shot on campus at Mercy College – the school I was attending at the time, I wanted to tell a story of a confident kid who thinks he got it all figured out just having fun with his bros in the background supporting him, and then the second part of the video has him questioning like, damn where did all ya go? I guess it’s just me and my girl now.

Looking back at it now, it’s really symbolic to my current situation; it’s almost like that video foreshadowed what was going to happen to me. Interesting fact the second part of the video is actually a song I recorded when I was 17 (I just turned 21), and I always loved the song, so I’m glad it got the video treatment and I got to tell both sides of my story.

Your sounds have bounced around – “Breathe” was deeper, had a bit of a feel of fighting against the current. Your freestyle, “Feel it in the Air,” is more jazz-leaning, but still has that nighttime smoke to it. Was there something more to the darker mood, or was that just the style you were most comfortable with at that time?

Actually yeah, that’s the vibe I was going for. Funny thing about the song “Breathe” is the guy that I had sampled towards the end of the song, his lawyers/management emailed me asking me to take the song down, and we were going back and forth about it for a few weeks. I was just trying to motivate the youth with the song honestly, but I guess Eric Thomas and his lawyers didn’t see it that way.

But yeah I’ve always written dark songs or songs that really delve into what’s going on in my life, and now I’m comfortable showing that side of me. I’m learning it’s really not how many ways you can say something cleverly, it’s how you make the listener feel after listening to your music.

Then you switch things up on you latest single “I’m Sorry.” It still has a twilight glow to it, but there’s some up-tempo splashes thrown in. What made you go in this direction?

“I’m Sorry” was really my first attempt at making something very melodic and just singing throughout the whole song. I knew the next record I would drop everybody would expect the typical aggressive or bar heavy song, and this time around I found a new way to express myself and test out different sounds with my voice. Since I been recording myself and mixing and mastering my own songs, I’m able to set the vibe to a song the way I want it to, make it sound the way that I want it to.

“I’m Sorry” seems a bit personal, a bit confessional – was it something personal that led to writing it, or was this an idea that you had?

Yes the song is very personal to me. I guess you could say it’s an ode to my exes, as well as an apology for the guy I was back then. I’m not just talking about just one girl specifically; I’m talking to a group of girls in my life and any women that ever experienced that in their relationships. Majority of the times guys fuck up a good thing with a girl because they’re going through a phase, and they’re not ready for that kind of commitment, and all we could just say is “I’m Sorry” and try to be better people.

Do you feel like your sound is becoming more solidified, or are there some risks and styles you’re still hoping to try out?

Yeah I think I definitely found my sound this time around, and that’s something nobody could take from me or try to copy because nobody can tell this story better than I can. I’m definitely always going to have something for everybody to jam to, but I could never really go back to just plain rapping on my tracks anymore, and I hope the people understand that and support it.

A wise man once told me to make the music I would listen to and not make music that I think people would gravitate to or expect from a guy like me. I’m only human man – I’m multidimensional; I can only be myself and hope you feel what I’m saying in my lyrics.

“…I’m going to always give them what they don’t expect from me. I like being the underdog and the guy everybody doubts.”

As an up-and-coming artist yourself, you seem to be navigating the process fairly well so far. What would you recommend to artists – hip-hop, indie rock, whatever – who are starting out and looking to get their music out there and make a name for themselves?

My advice would be not to lose sight of the bigger picture and why you started making music in the first place. I think a lot of artists get caught up in the hype and watching what the next man is doing when you should be focusing on yourself and your craft. That’s what I’m doing. I’m removing myself from all the bullshit this industry comes with and just focusing on building my following. As long as they keep supporting me, I’ll keep putting out this great music.

Another piece of advice is to keep in touch and build relationships with genuine people that are interested in helping out your music out there whether it’s a blog writer, a friend, a co-worker, an A&R, or a DJ/Producer – anybody that believes in your talent. It’s important to keep good vibes around you.

Finally – what do you have in store? What’s the future hold for you? LPs, EPs, shows, anything…

I have an EP dropping this Friday July 28th. It’s called The Wavey Era, and it’s all feel good music that you can really vibe to and smoke to or drink to. I’m redefining what it means to put out “wavey” music since everybody in my city uses that term to refer to turnt up club music or trap music, and I’m not one to get caught up in the hype, so this music I’m releasing right now is what I feel is wavey.

This EP is my reintroduction into the game and a prelude to my full length LP, which will have me getting deeper into the topics I spoke on this one. I plan to drop it on an all streaming services and retail before the end of the year. I’m in the process of working on it right now and exploring different concepts to approach my storyline. I really want you guys to get to know me better on this one.