Max Schultz started to play guitar at the age of 10 after attending a Jimi Hendrix concert. A year later he got his first electric guitar and he soon started the band Rena VŠtskor with friends from school. They gigged in small clubs in and around Stockholm and Swedish Televison made a film about the band in 1979. A year later Max played guitar in Jah-maica, a reggae band founded by singer Ron Simmons. The same year he met bass player Christian Paulin and joined his group Mynta.