William Max Herzog or better know as Willie-Max grew up in the NW suburbs of Chicago. Music was always a part of his life. After playing saxophone in the school band, he sold his sax and bought a guitar after 8th grade. Freshman year of high school he added a drum set and bass to the fold. Learning all 3 instruments he focused on the guitar. Over his 40+ years of playing, he has been in dozens of bands. Besides music, he also has worked at a television station and has had 2 of his own cable access shows. Playing in bands, running open mic nights, writing and recording music and live streaming from Mudfish studio is how most of his time is presently spent. His band Mudfish features both of his sons, Chris on drums and Randy on vocals. Mudfish is still writing and recording new material as well as adding cover songs to their live show.