MaYaN was conceived in early 2010 by versatile musician and EPICA mastermind Mark Jansen and old friend, ex-AFTER FOREVER keyboardist Jack Driessen with the aim to write an album in the style they always really wanted. Mark asked guitarist Frank Schiphorst (SYMMETRY, CHRISTMAS METAL SYMPHONY) to join the fold. Frank has undoubtedly brought a broad range of experience and skills aboard, and when put together with Mark and Jack, an undeniable chemistry takes place producing songs in no time.
Evolving from a project to a real band, MaYaN needed the perfect musicians to help achieve this, and as a logical result EPICA drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek and guitarist Isaac Delahaye joined. Soon guest vocalists Henning Basse (currently FIREWIND), Laura Macrì, Simone Simons (EPICA) and Floor Jansen (currently NIGHTWISH) also became a part of the adventure. Not long later, they were followed by bassist Rob van der Loo (ex-DELAIN).
Laura and Henning joined the MaYaN tribe as permanent members in 2013. That same year, Isaac was replaced by the talented female guitarist Merel Bechtold (currently DELAIN).
Having mostly touring musicians in the band, MaYaN sometimes needs to rotate musicians to be able to continue playing live shows whilst delivering the highest quality on stage. Thus another new member was added to strengthen the tribe: renowned grunter George Oosthoek (ORPHANAGE)! Next to that, backup guitarists for Merel have been found in Arjan Rijnen (REVAMP) and Jord Otto (VUUR, MY PROPANE), who have both already proven their worth live. Los Angeles based vocalist Adam Denlinger takes care of all clean male vocals during Henning’s absence. Adam made his impressive live debut with MaYaN at Graspop Metal Meeting 2017. Marcela had already become part of the family, joining MaYaN for most live shows over the past few years, having now joined as a fully contributing member. MaYaN nowadays is seen as a multi-functional metal dream team featuring the best possible musicians, not to be held back!
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