It's What's Underneath that Counts 08 - Max Hearne
Next in our interview series is Max Hearne, Max is a guitarist, rock climber and model. We spent the morning with him at Mollie’s Motel, courtesy of Soho House and found out a bit more about how he makes a career work outside the normal 9 - 5 office grind and how he finds time to relax and unwind.
1. Where is home?
Chigwell in Essex. If you look in the right direction it’s quite beautiful and almost in the countryside.
2. You don’t have a typical 9-5 office job career, did you ever do that? Did you always know you didn’t want that? What’s the best and worst thing about it?
I’ve never had the typical 9-5. I studied music at the ICMP (institute of contemporary music performance) And wanted to pursue being a session guitarist and be a working musician. It was shortly after I’d graduated that I was scouted and juggled the two. My bookers are great and give me plenty of notice for me to make it work.
3. What does life look like day to day for you – is there such a thing as a typical day? Do you find it easy to find structure in a working week and a work/life balance?
A typical day off would involve a long dog walk first thing in the morning, then head to the gym or go for a climb. Play some guitar. Have a nice dinner. Play some more guitar. Read before bed.
4. You’re a rock climber and thinking about turning this from a hobby into a business idea, tell us a bit more about how you got into it, why you like it?
I’ve been climbing for the best part of 10 years although my skill level would say otherwise. In fact it’s embarrassing that I’ve been climbing for a decade come to think of it, but that’s what I like about it. It is literally a struggle against gravity and you’re hanging on for dear life. It really clears the mind.
5. You also teach guitar, teaching is a real skill, what do you find rewarding/challenging about it?
Teaching guitar was a great way to earn some extra money while I was in college and before I started modelling. I still teach now at a more intermediate level as I enjoy the process of someone who has got the basics down and just want to hone their skills or learn more technical pieces. Usually turns into a pretty fun jam session.
6. What’s the achievement you're most proud of?
I started exercising and eating healthily in my early 20s and I stuck with it. My dad would always say you only have one body so look after it. Health is the biggest wealth we take for granted.
7. You’ve travelled a lot, what’s a favourite recent destination?
My favourite recent destination is Cape Town. I spent the first two months of the year there working and traveling around. It has it all. Lovely people, great food, beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountain ranges and sunshine everyday of the week.
8. Travel essentials?
My travel essentials range from my Tempur eye mask which is second to none and ensures getting some shut eye on any long flights or afternoon naps. And my air pods, as I’m always listening to an audio book or podcast. For longer trips I usually buy a guitar on arrival, fall in love with it and then have to return it before my flight home.
9. Any bedtime rituals? Do you find it easy to sleep?
I love an early night. Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. I think Benjamin Franklin said that and he was pretty wealthy and wise. He’s dead now so I beat him on the health front. One thing I have tried doing the last couple of years is to avoid any screen time an hour or so before bed as it messes with your body’s natural melatonin production. That’s not good.
10. Favourite Hamilton and Hare piece and why?
I really loved the linen travel suit. It’s a great piece that serves its purpose perfectly. And also the towelling-lined hood, it feels like a good quality hug.