An in-depth look into the career of Vini Vici
Everyone knows the dynamic duo Vini Vici. Aviram Saharai and Matan Kadosh, hailing from a city called Afula in Israel, have been dominating the Psytrance scene since 2013. Both members previously were part of Sesto Sento which was another project of a similar genre before Vini Vici started up. Today it’s hard to imagine a world without the pair spreading the ‘Great Spirit’ but that was once the case. Join us as we go on a journey through their career so far to celebrate their massive amount of success in the energetic world of Psytrance.
The music world was to never be the same when the name Vini Vici started to appear on multiple festival lineups. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for people to become curious as to who this unique duo were and what they had to offer. After the curiosity built even further, they then unveiled their debut double single ‘Divine Mode’ and ‘Trust in Trance‘. Even though Vini Vici were still at their startup point, imprint Iboga Records (founded by DJ Emok) which is considered to be one of the world’s leading global Progressive and Trance labels, signed the boys. Exposing them even more to exciting industry offers, this was only the beginning. Achieving all of this when the Vini Vici project was still fresh is undeniably one of the most impressive moves made by anyone (or rather, any two) and truly has to be admired.
Fast forward two years later to 2015 and Vini Vici had hit one of their biggest goals and most important at the time: releasing their debut album ‘Future Classics’. Featuring tracks such as ‘The Tribe’ (which has a whopping 11 million plus streams on Spotify), ‘Namaste’ and ‘Alteza’, the signature Vini Vici sound was well and truly established to a mass audience, with the album rocketing to the number 1 spot on Beatport‘s Psytrance Releases. One very special person who was a part of that mass audience was Trance king Armin van Buuren. Playing ‘The Tribe’ in his long running ‘A State of Trance’ radio show, he created his own edit of the timeless track. In the same breath, they were ranked as the number 1 Psytrance performers on Beatport thus solidifying their power and place at the top of the music industry.
Following on from catching the eye of Armin van Buuren, the creative geniuses put their great minds together with Hilight Tribe and created one of the most popular and defining tracks of modern electronic music history, ‘Great Spirit’. We all love to sing it at the top of our lungs and bounce up and down to the drop until our feet can’t take anymore, and then some. With the track being played by the biggest DJs in the scene, people all over the world still feel the ‘Great Spirit’ today and it shows with the track receiving gold certification in March of this year (2019).
“I’ve wanted to work with Vini Vici ever since they embarked on the music scene. Few acts have such a well-defined signature sound” – Armin Van Buuren
Currently, the duo are busy since making one of the biggest advances in Vini Vici history: creating their own label. A heavily desired movement for a lot of artists in the scene, creating a record label proves that the artist behind it has real substance and respect within the scene with extensive experience and knowledge, that’s exactly what Vini Vici have. With a nod to the track ‘Alteza’, Alteza Records is the fast growing pillar that has arisen in the Psytrance community and already has an impressive roster with Blastoyz, Reality Test, Whiteno1se and a heap more regularly releasing on the label and calling it home. Alteza is officially affiliated with Smash The House Records (which has Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike as the founders) which means the two labels can successfully partner together and collaborate on big ideas. With the growth of the record label, more leading festivals/events in the event space are taking notice. During the 2019 edition of leading festival, Tomorrowland, which also happens to be the special 15th anniversary edition, Vini Vici took time to part from their usual mainstage home (in which they have played it twice in a row so far) at the coveted festival to host their very own Alteza Records stage takeover which is the highest honour to receive and something that will shape the future of their places at other leading festivals. In addition to this, Alteza are constantly hosting their ‘Alteza Night’ events all over the world in places such as Russia, Greece and Portugal. Soon adding two more places to the list, Vini Vici will be taking Alteza to Troxy in London – one of the most famous venues in the capital city – on October 5 and on October 18 they will excitingly be a part of Amsterdam Music Festival‘s (AMF) newest concept for Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) called ‘Club AMF’ where they will take the reins and host their own night serving as the ultimate pre-party to this year’s edition of AMF.
Whether Vini Vici are playing one of their 230 shows a year or being supported on Spotify via the biggest playlists, it is clear to everybody that they have taken the throne at the top of the Psytrance genre and will not be giving it up any time in the near future. Their growth as artists has landed them #34 in 2018’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll (a massive leap from being #72 in 2017) and some major artists look up to them as inspiration to succeed and be at the forefront of their genres.
Vini Vici are undeniably one of the most important duos to ever grace the Psytrance (and music in general) scene and continue to break boundaries with their bursts of energy and unmatched live performances and will continue to grow even more as they expertly navigate the industry with ease. One of the next things on their radar is the release of the larger-than-life Tomorrowland edit with rapid growing artist MR.BLACK (someone who is building an empire of his own) which features their huge W&W collaboration ‘Chakra’ and Mr Black and Ale Mora collaboration ‘Party People’. Make sure to vote for them at this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 here.