Born and raised in the hills of Andalusia, immersed in the distinctive culture and sounds of the region, it was inevitable that music would exert a huge influence over Maik Yells’ life. Maik initially started his musical career as a drummer for a local band, and through playing all over southern Spain, he acquired a deep sense of rhythm and soul which would come to influence and inform his later musical direction. Respect and appreciation for jazz, soul and funk soon developed into a keen interest in electronic music, and from there a full blown love affair with innovative house and minimal techno was born.
London called, and Maik answered in 2004 when he quickly became a regular on the underground scene, and an instant hit at the now defunct, the infamous Sunday night Retox party at Sosho. This was where he met David Delgado, his partner in crime and creativity, and together they launched the imaginative and offbeat party, Wormup, which filled warehouse spaces with cutting edge sounds and discerning clubbers from all over the city. His dark and intelligent, yet essentially playful and punchy sets soon secured him a residency at the Egg, and shortly afterwards word-of-mouth recommendations of his inimitable style led to global musical adventures, ensuring his beats could be heard at venues from Brazil to Germany. Marathon sets at the legendary Bar 25 and Club der Visionaere issued a siren call to Maik, leading him to believe that his musical future lay in Berlin, where he eventually moved in early 2012.
Maik has been hard at work in the studio, building on his varied catalogue which includes ‘Roniti’ on Billy Dalessandro’s highly applauded and much respected Siteholder / Uncut imprint, Benno Blomme’s ‘Cobrera Remix’ on Sender – both crafted with David Delgado, now his label stablemate at Highgrade, under their Beleejean moniker – ‘Attack the Cab’ and ‘My Piano Teacher’ on Spain’s up-and-coming Neovinyl Recordings – tune which called Valentino Kanzyani’s attention and utterly got a profusely charted edit treatment by Cadenza’s stalwart himself, as well as the outstanding co-op release along Nicson and Fuse’s Ittesu on London’s Flumo Recordings.
You can currently find Maik Yells holding court behind the decks at various venues all over Berlin, including Ritter Butzke, Kater Holzig and Tresor, to name just a few. He isn’t sure what the future holds. Maik knows it will involve Berlin, amazing sets, solid production work and superlative techno, but wants to lie back, relax, trust in his path and see where this latest step in his musical journey will take him … and us.’