Maximilian Hecker is a German musician known for airy pop music, similar to Radiohead, Sigur Ros, The Verve and Nick Drake. After performing as a drummer in a number of small German bands, and after one year of making music in the streets of Berlin, his demo tapes attracted the attention of famous Berlin based record label Kitty-yo Records, who released his debut album »Infinite Love Songs« in 200...1.
The album was very well received worldwide and even reached the top ten list of the New York Times’ album of the year contest in 2001. Editor Neill Strauss writes: »In a long list of precious, fragile, heartbroken artists to emerge in the last two years (Tom McRae, Ed Harcourt, the Kingsbury Manx), Mr. Hecker, by legend an oft-disparaged Berlin street musician, whispers the most precious and fragile heartbreak of them all.«
Hecker, who has over the years become more and more famous in East Asian countries like Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, with for example 25 Chinese shows in 2010 alone, has worked with several other record labels besides Kitty-yo Records, like V2, PIAS, Pastel Music and Gold Typhoon and has done numerous European and Asian tours, but also one worldwide tour in 2003/2004 – 35 cities on five continents –, organized by German Goethe Institut. Working with producers like Gareth Jones (e.g. Depeche Mode) and Guy Sternberg (e.g. Jimi Tenor),
Hecker has released six albums so far, his latest effort being »I Am Nothing But Emotion, No Human Being, No Son, Never Again Son«, which has been released in 2010. Having played with live musicians for years, he lately returned to performing his concerts solo, with just his voice and a piano – intimate and demanding gigs where just the essence remains: the pure emotion, the pure artistic innocence.