Vini Vici was originally formed as a side project from Israeli natives Aviram & Matan of Sesto Sento, but since their release they have truly become psy-trance pioneers. At Dreamstate USA we got to chat about what it means to be in The Tribe and what’s next for the legendary duo.

Karen:

So thank you for having us today. We at Electric Vibes are honored to have legendary psytrance artist Vini Vici. How are you doing tonight? You're amazing out there. How do you like Dreamstate?

Vini Vici:

Thank you for having me. I'm actually really jet lagged, but thanks to the God of the adrenaline that pick me up once again and the vibe of the crowd can take me, even in the shittiest day from the bottom to the top and today was amazing. One of my best show in America. I really, really enjoy it. The crowd was fully into it. The place was over packed and I couldn't imagine to see such a huge success for psytrance in America.

Karen:

Yeah, the stage hit capacity. It was amazing. So Vini Vici started as a side project to Sesto Sento.

Vini Vici:

Yes.

Karen:

But after constant international touring and over 1,000,000 Facebook likes at what point did you realize that you're becoming a pioneer in trance?

Vini Vici:

Well, it's a huge respect and huge responsibility to be pioneering of any music genre. Of course, it's huge respect and we try to do out best and represent our scene in the world and expose our scene and our culture to the wider crowd and let people into this beautiful, big family. 

Karen:

What do you like most about the trance scene?

 Photo Credit: Jake West

Photo Credit: Jake West

Vini Vici:

I think that, as I said before, it's kind of a family, it's kind of a culture. It's not just about the music, it's about the culture and the way of life. Being more open-minded and being a bit different of the global society and I think this is what I like more. That these people from all over the world who think different, who is searching for something with a bit more soul, and if I will have to say it in one sentence, I think trance is the music with the most soul.

Karen:

What was it like growing up in Israel, and what's the music scene like there?

Vini Vici:

Well, Israel is not like it's looking in the news, like bombing everywhere and not safe. Of course, we have a lot of terror attach and stuff like this in Israel, but I think each country have their own problems and basically you will feel safe in 90% of Israel in any time of the day. That's something that you can't say on too much countries around the world. Very happy childhood. Warm weather ... it's great, and warm people normally. And Israel is no different in that aspect. The music genre psytrance is kind of a subculture in Israel. In Israel it's everywhere and it's like no where in the world in this point because you can hear in wedding, in normal club, on the radio, universities, school, underground, big rave, street rave. Everywhere, so it's very different in this point from the rest of the world and it's amazing.

 Photo Credit: Karl-Erik Leesment

Photo Credit: Karl-Erik Leesment

Karen:

Have you played at any venues that you looked up to when you were younger?

Vini Vici:

Actually, when I start the djing my dream was not even that big. I never imagined it to be on that size, so my plan was actually pretty small and I conquered them, I guess, after one or two years when I was djng. I can definitely say it's beyond my wildest dream.

Karen:

That's amazing. So what does your creative process look like?

Vini Vici:

Well, I'm a workaholic. My plan is working 24/7 non-stop. It's devastating from one side, but very productive and very pushing you always to the next level from the other side. So our creative process is everywhere and I can hear the ideas in the TV, movies and other music, from nature, from shows so this is our normally the process start. I get an idea ... me or my partner ... we process it on our mind and then we just get in time in the studio, and normally we can get it out exactly how we want it.

Karen:

Do you two ever tour together?

Vini Vici:

We try to the big one if they book us enough in advance. The demand is really, really high and the last three years we did over 200 shows each year, and the minute that each one of us have a free weekend we prefer maybe to stay within our house and enjoy our family, which we don't have too much these days. So yeah, we try and do the big ones, and I think next year we're going to reduce the show a bit and take maybe only the bigger ones because we need to keep a healthier balance.

Karen:

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200 is overwhelming to anyone.

Vini Vici:

Yep.

Karen:

What inspires you?

Vini Vici:

Everything. Every normal day life. It can be a sentence that I heard from someone say, a cool song, or even just a movies. I don't know ... other show that I went to, or I can hear some music player doing something and my mind always try to cross things out. I can hear an idea and I already in my mind crossing things and seeing it as a music.

 Photo Credit: Karl-Erik Leesment

Photo Credit: Karl-Erik Leesment

Karen:

What does the tribe mean to you?

Vini Vici:

Again, as I said before, psytrance scene is kind of a family, kind of a tribe, and for me this is it. The psytrance tribe, the good vibe tribe, sending a positive message and that's it.

Karen:

So, what can your fans expect from you next?

Vini Vici:

We have an upcoming release with another psytrance master, Astrix, and that's coming in December. Next year we have already few big release planned, but we keep them a surprise at the moment. We do thinking on doing some really special Vini Vici show, but it needs a lot of time that we don't have to build this concept. I guess in the future we're going to go this direction, a show with some live element.

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