Paris born Yakine had his first musical encounter as a teenager, touring across Europe as a band with his electric guitar. The eye-opening experience had a profound impact on his musical taste and soon an instinct to DJ took over, along with a passion for turntablism and Hip Hop – a world he was immersed in for some time. Later, his brother introduced him to the Batocool parties held by Logistic/Telegraph at the infamous Batofar and it was game over. There, Yakine discovered the power of electronic music and began to hone his DJ skills, as he took inspiration from the likes of Daniel Bell, Fumiya Tanaka, Matthew Dear and Pantytec.
Constantly evolving, Yakine lent his natural flair to the production world and in late 2008, after only a couple of months of working at his art, his first EP came out on Esperanza. Subsequent releases followed shortly, debuting on fellow Parisian Seuil’s imprint Eklo, Jetaime Records and Circus Company, the ultra-cool electronic hub releasing the likes of Nicolas Jaar, dOP and Seth Troxler. 2009 saw the success of Yakine’s hits ‘Maissade’, ‘Askola’, ‘Stickney’ and ‘Bazingue’ and the addition of Supplement Facts, Thirtyonetwenty, Robsoul, Adult Only and District Raw to his belt, further cementing his name as an important up and coming producer on the underground scene and part of a new wave of Parisian talent.
Clearly turning heads, Yakine was snapped up in 2011 for two residencies, namely the ‘Doowee’ nights at world famous Rex Club, programmed alongside Margaret Dygas, Onur Ozer, Daniel Bell and Jan Kruger, and Half Baked, fast becoming known as ‘the’ underground party on the London scene. With his ‘Harmony’ EP released on Adam Shelton and Subb-an’s One Records late last year, Yakine can look forward to a number of prestigious label showcases coming up in 2012, including a takeover of Room 3 at Fabric and the Birmingham imprint’s original stomping ground Below.
Production wise, Yakine’s ‘Get Me’ is featured on the new Eklo Compilation, as is ‘Some Say’ on the hotly anticipated Rexperience CD coming soon from Dyed Soundorom. Later this year sees a four track EP of moody, dancefloor techno on Spectral Sound, with follow-up releases on the cards…