Shaun Gunnels and His New Music Project: Dnvr Max

Shaun and I go way back to when we both used to work at Firewheel Mall together in Garland, TX, starting in 2006/2007. Even at the time, Shaun was playing music. Around that time, he played in a band called The Background. Recently, I saw that he had started up a new music project and after listening to his new song and loving it, I reached out to him for a brief interview on his musical past and DAT NEW-NEW: Dnvr Max. 


When did you start playing music/singing?

My musical passion began before I could walk and my career started when I was 18 with my first band, The Background. For a decade or so we toured regionally on 4 different EP’s spanning those 9-10 years. Dallas fans and the Dallas music scene taught me everything I know and is a huge reason I’ve decided to come out of hiding with this project, Dnvr Max!
— SG

I feel like I grew up listening to The Background, not only as a local band, but within the same playlists as All American Rejects and my other favorite bands.  These dudes have been killing it for awhile. Here's an example of their sound and one of my favorite songs from The Background.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

My music influences change almost daily. I’m super influenced by friends and fellow musicians in the scene.
— SG

It's been really cool following Shaun's music career through the years and watch as he progresses through the Dallas music scene. I can't tell you how many times I've been somewhere in the past decade and seen a video or post about the band from different fans. It would be an understatement to say that he and The Background, as a whole, have had a huge impact on the North Texas music scene.


Do you have an EP coming out or have you already put one out for the new project?

Right now, I’m writing and recording and releasing what I feel represents me the best. My first release is streaming over at
— SG

Check out his new single below!



The new song has been on repeat for me and I can't wait to see where Shaun goes with Dnvr Max. Hopefully, as he progresses, I can keep everyone updated and write a follow up article in the future. 

If you'd like to follow him on your own and stay up to date on future shows and song releases, check out his Facebook at and of course his Soundcloud at