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Canadian DJ Max Graham started as a cut and scratch DJ before he switched to the genre of trance and progressive house. Starting at the turntables in 1986 at 15, Graham went from cut and scratch to house, at a time when house music was going through a renaissance period. Around 1992, when progressive house was at its beginning stages, Graham was exposed to the sounds of BT and Underworld. He was inspired by the selections of DJs like Paul Oakenfold and Sasha and decided to turn his music attention to spreading their sound throughout Canada. Though trance was spreading in Europe, only a few DJs were playing it in Canada. Though it took a few years, Canada caught on and made Graham one of its busiest progressive DJs. Kinetic Records took notice of Graham, giving him the helm for volume four of their Tranceport series, released in May of 2001. A bit prior to the mix album's release, Graham started producing in a small studio, with three of four of the tracks appearing on dance music charts in the U.K. and Europe. In 2003 Graham started hosting a monthly show on the internet-only Proton Radio and released the mix-CD Shine a year later on System.