Max Portnoy has been playing drums from around the age of three but started taking it more seriously around age five. Growing up on the road with his dad, Mike Portnoy, Max was inspired to follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a drummer. In first grade Max met Kris Rank (Next To None Bassist) and Ryland Holland (Next To None Guitarist) who were the only other kids with major interests in music. As the years went on they continued jamming and playing together until they met Thomas Cucé (Next To None Vocalist and Keyboardist) around 6th grade. At that point the four boys decided to form Next To None, and have been writing, and playing shows ever since.
Max Portnoy’s biggest influence is his father Mike Portnoy but aside from Mike, Max’s biggest influence is Chris Adler. Max grew up around metal music and Lamb Of God has always been one of his favorites. Joey Jordison is also one of his favorites.
When Max Portnoy isn’t drumming he is most likely playing video games. Some of Max’s favorite video games are League Of Legends, Minecraft, Portal 2, and Outlast. Max, Kris, and Thomas play video games together almost everyday, and sometimes even invite fans to join them.
Max Portnoy has a bit of an addiction when it comes to looking for cymbals. Max has always been a Sabian player and is constantly browsing the Sabian website or watching videos of cymbals to enhance his sound. Max Portnoy is extremely happy and excited to be a part of the Sabian family!
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Mike Portnoy, Chris Adler, Joey Jordison
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: A Light In The Dark
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Vol 3. The Subliminal Verses
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Winning Best New Drummer Of 2015 on Rhythm Magazine.
Signing my first record deal with Inside Out,
Touring with Haken!
Releasing my bands debut album A Light In The Dark .
FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 22” HH Rock Ride, 9” Radia Bell, or 14” AAX Freq Hats