Ian Maksin was born in Leningrad, former USSR, into a multinational family and grew up absorbing many cultures and traditions from an early age. Ian developed his own distinct style as a musician and composer: "At some point I realized that music is much more than mere entertainment. Music is one of the most powerful and unifying forces
in the world, capable of healing, inspiring, bringing people together,
and bringing peace." Ian dedicated a new original song and music video "Знов дощi" (Rain Again), featuring Ukrainian singer-songwriter Sofi Fraser as a tribute to the courage and resilience of the people of Ukraine.