RELEASE: 07/08/2022

Intoxicating up-tempo sound, the typical UK garage beat, melodies carried by his violin, and lyrics that go straight to the heart — with his new song “Tracks in Minor”, MKSM isn’t just releasing a declaration of love to melancholy and pop-songs in minor. The urban, danceable track details insecurities and fears that everyone can identify with.

Bright images from England, MKSM perform at ‘Cheltenham Pride in the Park’; the mood is wild and rowdy — then a cut: Him alone at a nearly empty intersection in Cheltenham, one-take, and just a few effects. Nothing else was needed to capture the feeling of the track in a visualizer.

With the lyrics he describes, among other things, a kind of hide-and-seek we play with ourselves — wasted talent, missing chances — and then he reminds himself I used to avoid doing things because I was too afraid of doing them wrong or of how other people would react. Run away from the familiar to start over again – until you find yourself again, somewhere new, on your own. Being carried by his own demands of himself, he sings “pushing through with no exception”.

MKSM – suppressing your feelings does not solve any problems – UNBREAKABLE UNTIL I BREAK

Just let go and feel what takes place inside of us – to pop-songs in minor.
The “Tracks in Minor”, “they help me heal” he sings and reminds himself – and us – not to lose ourselves and not to lie to ourselves. The song takes us on the journey to ourselves. “Dive into my pain”, the confrontation of that which we feel doesn’t yet solve our problems, but allows us to begin questioning ourselves and reflecting on our feelings, and that is where the healing begins.



RELEASE: 05/06/2022

MKSM is releasing ‘Shared Room’ on May 6th – a groovy love song in the style of Lauv highlighted by rhythmic guitars, MKSM’s violin and smooth synth sounds. Here, MKSM paints an autobiographical love story that flourishes in spite of society’s norms and established rules.

“This song is really special to me because it is, on the one hand autobiographical, the first single of my second EP, and on the other hand the first song where I sing about about a BOY… I needed to take my time to take this step and I’m really PROUD to finally get there. That’s why it feels right to publicly introduce my real partner in the video – that felt the most natural to me!

I love the mix of my soft vocals and the groovy and warm arrangement, and of course it had to have a little hook from my violin!  But in this case we also played with some effects so that the song sounds really exciting and fresh.” said MKSM

The music video is in Super 8 format and was filmed with a warm, nostalgic look that suits the sound.  It consists of documentary-style scenes of a long-term queer relationship and shows MKSM with his husband and their young puppy for the very first time. What began with TWO BOYS IN ONE ROOM has now become two men in an old apartment in Berlin, who after the new same-sex marriage law of 2017 are happily married


RELEASE: 20/08/2021
LABEL: Lieblingslieder Records

After 2020 has already demanded pretty much everything from us, the hope for a better 2021 was extremely high. But we still live in the midst of a global pandemic. As in 2020, Generation Z or Generation Lost is very much affected. Contact restrictions in the past year have led to major psychological problems for them, and in 2021 this has not improved much. Young people and their needs were almost forgotten during the pandemic. For example, they were the last to be vaccinated. Add to this the constant pressure from social media – no matter how bad the inner world looks, most people still live perfect lives on Instagram. To be able to keep up is almost impossible and throws many into a crisis.

This is exactly the topic that MKSM and jaako discuss in their new single “2021”. A melancholy summery track captures the situation and creates visibility for it. The times of the „it’s gonna be good” songs, which were widely heard last year, are over. MKSM delivers a piece so sincere and credible – because in the end “it’s 2021 and we’re all waiting for the sun to bring us to a better place”. So the musician sings in the chorus and says what everyone thinks without promising that it will get better. Because unfortunately nobody can do that at the moment. Everyone is looking for the light at the end of the tunnel – after all the crises, the division and the lost social life. “2021” may not be a summer bop we know, but it’s exactly the summer bop that we need right now.



RELEASE: 11/03/2022

“Imagine” is out now – the protest and peace song by John Lennon, in a very personal, touching new version. The thoughtful and introverted cover couldn’t be more current:
“I spent eight years of my life in Debaltseve (Eastern Ukraine) (near Donetsk) – I experienced my first violin lessons, my first music school performances, my first school years there. A small part of my family still lives in Ukraine. And even though I haven’t been there since we moved to Germany, these pictures are extremely close to my heart,” says MKSM.
All income from “Imagine” will be donated to: “Bündnis Queere Nothilfe Ukraine” aktionsbü
Hilfe für Ukraine: MKSM singt Anti-Kriegs-Hymne «Imagine»
MKSM spendet für „Queere Nothilfe Ukraine“
Russland-Deutscher singt Anti-Kriegs-Song für ukrainische LGBT

MKSMstands for Maksim – name of the charismatic singer, songwriter, violinist, and LGBTIQ+ activist. As an openly gay repatriate, he has lived in Russia, in the Ukraine, in Frankfurt and in London, and lives at present in Berlin.

After winning an ‘LGBTQ Music Award’ as Newcomer of the Year 2019, after writing campaign songs for LGBTQ+ Initiatives and for organisations such as Enough is Enough! and 100% MENSCH (100% HUMAN), after being nominated in 2020 for a LISTEN TO BERLIN Award, and after performing at the virtual GLOBAL PRIDE on the European Highlight Stage, MKSM released in 2021 his first EP HIGH ON LOWS.

In 2021, together with LEOPOLD, MKSM released the Pride song LOVE IN THE DARK. With this track, both musicians support the campaign I AM NOT AN IDEOLOGY – established by the initiative of Enough is Enough! and Fundacja Równość.
With the support of Initiative Musik (German funding and export office for musicians and music companies) and the GEMA (German society for music copyright enforcement), MKSM, after his big Pride Tour 2021, is now working on his second EP – and the first songs will be released punctually at the start of the Pride Season 2022.
„Bei meiner Oma durfte ich immer so sein wie ich bin – auch ihre hohen Schuhe durfte ich tragen“

MKSM: Live beim Aktionstag Art. 3

„Love In The Dark”: Hymne gegen Queer-Feindlichkeit in Polen

„Jede Liebe ist wertvoll“

Versöhnung mit der Familie

Mannschaft Magazin

«Collide» – Sich lieben und gemeinsam Altwerden


Enough is enough! LEOPOLD and MKSM have had enough of “LGBT-free zones”

The queer singers wrote a song together supporting the I am not an ideology campaign – recently launched by ‚ENOUGH is ENOUGH!‘ and the Polish organization Fundacja Równość.

The campaign is intended to draw attention to the unbearable situation of LGBTIQ * in Poland and to call for solidarity. The so-called LGBT-free zones, which many municipalities and cities, especially in southern Poland, have declared themselves to be, cause displeasure and headlines. Most recently, the European Parliament had positioned itself against it and declared the EU in a symbolic act to be the “LGBTIQ * Freedom Zone” – a free, democratic space that is supposed to strengthen the rights of queer people.

Official campaign song “Love in the Dark”

The two artists LEOPOLD and MKSM have just released the official song for the campaign. “Love in the Dark” is an invitation to everyone to celebrate diversity and to accept all people for who they are. The two artists sing: “Turn on your light” – and deliver a bright and positive song with a message that should encourage courage. An empowering anthem just in time for the start of the Pride season 2021!

Listen here:

All income from streams and downloads will benefit the campaign and support the work of the LGBTIQ * community in Poland..

In addition to MKSM and LEOPOLD, the music video for “Love in the Dark” shows several international artists and political activists who want to signal one thing above all in different languages: Love is not a crime! A visual statement for acceptance and equality, a call for solidarity against discrimination and persecution. Among others, you can see in the video: Vava Vilde from Queen of Drags, the Frankfurt entertainer Electra Pain, the Berlin activist and dancer Haidar Darvish and the popular queer Youtuber Tommy Toaling.

Further information on the campaign and the situation of queer people in Poland:

Love in the Dark