Summer Mixtape: Making music is a never-ending struggle, says Maxwell

R&B singer Maxwell fell in love with music at age 13. “I just started buying instruments and I was very busy with art. I had no concept of the politics of the time. Later on, I would understand what that would mean, and what I would need to do to affect change in some way,” he says. Photo by Saad Amer.

Press Play continues its second annual series, “Summer Mixtape,” which features musician interviews and custom sets from KCRW DJs. 

R&B artist Maxwell has earned three Grammy wins and 13 nominations. Now he’s performing new and old hits, including “Off,” as he travels the country for “The Night Tour.”

Anthony Valadez spins an exclusive DJ set inspired by Maxwell and the neo-soul style of R&B. It includes tracks from D’Angelo, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, and more.