Treasure Island Media’s Max Sohl Goes Indepth with JRL CHARTS
By: Jeff Livingston, Staff Writer
Today I bring you one of the hottest gay porn director’s in the business. He is responsible for such hits as Brad McGuire’s 20-Hole Weekend, the Award Winning Christian 24 Cocks in 24 Hours, Dawson’s 20 Load Weekend, Fuck Holes 2, Meat Packing, Meat Rack, Sperm Bank and UK Beef Bangers.
Now, he is back “Behind the Camera” again with his upcoming release entitled Sperm Assault  which is scheduled to hit retail stores by Christmas. Please welcome Mr. Max Sohl to JRL CHARTS.
Jeff Livingston: Max thank you for doing this interview with JRL CHARTS. Tell our readers..how did you first get into the gay porn business?
Max Sohl: I stumbled upon Paul Morris’ What I Can’t See  and became a quick Treasure Island Media fan – it was unlike any porn that was being made 10 years ago. Then I bought Paul’s Riding Billy Wild  and it turned into an obsession that led to my sending Paul what can only be described as a fan letter. Honestly, my motivation was to be IN a Treasure Island Media video but somehow or other the conversation led to the fact I was a theater director and Paul suggested I videotape someone jerking off for a camera.
I figured if I was going to make porn it wasn’t going to be a guy jerking off. Instead, I got 2 of my bareback sex buddies to let me videotape them doing a real anonymous fuck scene and shot it in my bedroom with 3 cameras and sent it to Paul fully edited. The next thing I knew Paul Morris was on the phone and told me he would produce any porn movie I wanted to make. He introduced me to a then unknown Dawson. We shot Dawson’s 20 Load Weekend in New York in 2004 and the rest is history.
Jeff Livingston: How would you compare the gay porn business of today versus 10 years ago?
Max Sohl: Prosumer video cameras didn’t exist and no one was watching porn on the internet. Ten years ago people were still watching porn on VHS tapes and if you couldn’t afford to buy it you rented it. Not to mention you couldn’t find a bareback video in any retail story anywhere.
Jeff Livingston: Your films target the bareback genre….How did you come to the decision to direct bareback genre gay porn films?
Max Sohl: I have always said bareback porn was a genre created by the gay community who didn’t know what to do with it after being brainwashed to have safe sex for 20 years. On the one hand it seemed nastier, more taboo – but on the other and probably more importantly, it’s more honest. I grew up on what is now deemed pre-condom porn and as a barebacker myself there isn’t any reason for me to include latex in the porn that I make.
Jeff Livingston: How do you go about casting your films?
Max Sohl: We insist on meeting men in person before we cast them in a video and spend a lot of time listening to what excites them sexually and what their fantasies are. If I can make a fantasy a reality for someone then chances are I am going to get a good scene.
Jeff Livingston: The gangbang genre does extremely well…will you continue to target the gangbang genre fan base with your films?
Max Sohl: Yes, it seems to be a niche that appeals to me and that I seem to be pretty good at organizing and directing. I mean who doesn’t fantasize about getting gang fucked?
Jeff Livingston: Consumers seem to think directing gay porn is easy and a lot of fun…How would you describe it?
Max Sohl: Unless you have made porn you could not imagine the realm of things that we see and even when you think you’ve seen it all, something shocking happens. Sometimes it IS easy and a lot of fun. Sometimes everything goes right and you leave a shoot happy to be a pornographer – but that’s not always the case.
Jeff Livingston: Who in your opinion, has been the best performers to work with?
Max Sohl: Pretty much any Treasure Island Media exclusive. They are asked to be exclusives because they live sex and are a joy to work with. Dawson has been my porn muse for 6 years. Brad McGuire can do nothing wrong in my book. Christian is a pleasure to work with AND he has the most perfect hole in porn! My current porn director crush is on Mr. Marky from Sperm Assault. That dude is off the charts. There is no price tag on cute hot guys with 11.5-inch cocks!
Jeff Livingston: With award winning movies under your belt such as Christian’s 24 Cocks in 24 Hours , are you nervous about producing another blockbuster?…Do you feel the pressure?
Jeff Livingston: What do you look for in your performers?
Max Sohl: I look for men who ooze sexuality, who are natural born exhibitionists and are also good and nice people to work with. If I wouldn’t want to hang out and have coffee or dinner with someone, I probably don’t want to shoot them fucking either.
Jeff Livingston: What can fans expect from Max Sohl in 2011?
Max Sohl: Lots more sleazy disgusting foul filthy porn. My next movie has already been shot and stars TIM Exclusive Cory Koons and fan favorite Lukas.
Jeff Livingston: Now that you are an exclusive director of T.I.M., will you also be in charge of casting for all of your projects or will that be up to the casting department?
Max Sohl: I keep learning that Treasure Island Media doesn’t do things like any other porn company. We cast our own movies. Paul Morris, Liam Cole and I all do our own casting. Even if we are not having sex with the models, during the shoots we are right in the middle of things even if we are fully dressed. I leave every shoot covered in cum and lube!
Jeff Livingston: How do potential gay porn actors reach you to audition for the great Max Sohl?
Max Sohl: We have an online model application on our website at: bit.ly/BeATimModel
Jeff Livingston: In the old days, directors would screen test their performers before choosing them for an upcoming production. But in today’s gay porn, directors just put people together and say ACTION. How do you put your actors together and what formula do you use to do this?
Max Sohl: There is no formula for generating chemistry between models. All you can really do is listen to what guys say turn them on and then do your best to make it a reality and then hope for the best.
Jeff Livingston: Tell us about your upcoming gay porn feature Sperm Assault  which I have several images here for JRL fans to review.
Max Sohl: Sperm Assaultis a hard-on inducing collection of super hot 1-on-1’s, a spicy 3-way, a classic Treasure Island Media gangbang, and a very authentic cum dumping. There is a cast of almost 25 men of all types, ages and ethnic backgrounds. All in all, something for everyone!
Jeff Livingston: Can gay consumers expect another blockbuster with Sperm Assault?
Jeff Livingston: When will Sperm Assault  be released to retail stores?
Max Sohl: Sperm Assault will ship wholesale on 12/13 for a 12/17 Retail Street Date.
Jeff Livingston: Will Sperm Assault be available in Europe?
Max Sohl: Yes, it is available in Europe through Treasure Island Media’s exclusive European distributor, Dusedo.
Jeff Livingston: How about In-Store appearances with the stars of Sperm Assault . Any chance retailers can book you and your mega hunks for an autograph signing? and if so, who should they contact to get it set up?
Max Sohl: Yeah, we are a bunch of media whores. Retailers can contact email@example.com for interviews or in-store appearances.
Jeff Livingston: Max, the master “Behind the Camera”, exclusively signed to the mega Treasure Island Media gay porn label. How does it feel to know that you have a true home at Treasure Island Media? The reason I ask is because directors shoot for a variety of studios and are always looking for a new project.
Max Sohl: History is important to me. A body of work is important to me. Treasure Island Media is a family as much as it is a porn studio, so the word home is appropriate. Paul Morris gave me my career in porn and has mentored me for the last 6 years and I can’t imagine making porn for anyone else.
Max Sohl: Yes. Based on the responses I have already gotten, I predict it will take the #1 spot.
Jeff Livingston: Do you have any shout outs to your fans here on JRL CHARTS?
Max Sohl: Thanks for watching, it makes my day if I can make you cum. I’ve also started to share a lot of behind-the-scenes stories on my blog the Max Sohl Porn Files. http://maxsohlblog.com
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