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Another Domain Industry Figure Makes a Big Splash in the Music Business -  Peter Maxymych Produced a New Major Label Jazz CD That Was Released Today

From the time I first entered the domain business over a decade ago one thing that immediately struck me about the people in this field was how creative they were. Many of them (and members of their families) exhibited that trait in areas beyond the word-based domain business, especially in the world of music

I've written about many of them including Rob Grant's daughter, Lana Del Rey, who went on to become an international music superstar (Rob himself had a long creative advertising career with New York agencies) and the Castello Brothers (Michael and David) who were in a string of hot rock bands before entering the domain industry (David recently returned to music to manage rapidly rising Nashville-based rock star BREE and play drums in her trio). 

Among the other many skilled musicians in our space is Canada's  Peter Maxymych - the 

Peter Maxymych

owner of one of the world's best .CA domain portfolios and the producer of a hot new major label jazz CD that was just released today - a disc by the North American Jazz Alliance (NAJA) called The Montreal Sessions that just hit stores and online retailers including Amazon.com and CDUniverse.com today (as of this writing Amazon had already run out of stock but is still taking orders that will be filled as soon as their next shipment of discs arrives).

Peter Maxymych (at about age 30) playing accordion 
in his jazz trio that frequently played around Montreal.

Maxymych spent much of his youth playing accordion in jazz bands that appeared throughout the Montreal, Canada area. Though he later moved on to business pursuits, including domain investing and development, he never lost his passion for music. That led to him bringing a group of world class jazz musicians together at Montreal's Studio 270 in July 2011. For Maxymych, it was purely a labor of love but it blossomed into much more than that.

Peter said he had just wanted to "recreate a sound that was heard in clubs and other venues in the 1960s and 70s. The accordion was the lead instrument in those groups and the music was inspired by Art Van Damme, who led a quintet with vibes, guitar, bass and drums."

Maxymych was able to do that by lining up Kenny Kotwitz on accordion, Steve Hobbs on vibraphone (and also handling arrangements), Greg Clayton on guitar, Dave Laing on drums, Alec Walkington on bass and John Labelle on vocals. 

NAJA was born and by the time they had laid down 12 tracks even Maxymych was blown away by what he heard. He decided the tapes were worth shopping around and sure enough two major jazz labels fell in love with the sound too. 

Maxymych decided to accept an offer to release The Montreal Sessions from well-known jazz label Challenge Records and they went all out with an elegant slip-cased package including a 16-page booklet featuring liner notes from Scott Yanow, the author of 10 popular books about jazz. 

Photo of Peter Maxymych that appears
in the booklet for The North American Jazz 
new CD The Montreal Sessions

Though Peter's first attempt to produce a full-length jazz album turned out better than he could have dreamed, he is not about to abandon his rapidly growing domain business any time soon. His company, Emall.ca, owns over 7,000 .CA domains including such generic gems as Loans.ca, Ticket.ca, Christmas.ca, Dating.ca, eand Recipes.ca, the latter domain having now been developed into a major website in a joint venture with Kenneth Maclean (formerly of Canwest). 

Maxymych told me that Emall.ca is getting more focused on the development of sites as the next progression of their business. Their developed sites already include HockeyTickets.ca, CheapTickets.ca and eTickets.ca. As you might expect with the National Hockey League's player strike having just ended and an abbreviated season scheduled to begin a few days from now, HockeyTickets.ca is seeing a particularly large surge in traffic. 

eTickets.ca has a broader base, offering tickets for virtually all sports, including the NFL and NBA, as well as entertainment tickets to shows and events on Broadway, in Las Vegas and at other venues. With his new CD out, Maxymych may want to think about gearing up for North American Jazz Alliance concert ticket sales next!

(Posted January 8, 2013)

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