No doubt echoing the thoughts of many in the dance music industry, Vini Vici say of 2020: “We’ve just been trying to stay focused”. That’s been given a boost in the prevailing 'strange and uncertain' times by certain strokes of luck.
“A few things we largely wrapped in 2019 have only seen the light this year,” says Matan. “Our film ‘A Psy Trance (R)Evolution’ is a full-length documentary about ourselves and the psytrance music wave in general. We partnered with [production company] Bad Birds, [pay-per-view channel] InsightTV and Tomorrowland for the project and it turned out being bigger and becoming more global than we imagined.”
“We will also be releasing a remix album of some of our earlier tracks,” adds Aviram. “We pretty much have all the strongest artists in the psytrance scene doing reworks and we’re really happy with the results so far. That’s going to be out around the end of the year.”
Release-wise, the boys have been keeping it fairly low-key on their Alteza label front. June however did see them drop a major collab bomb in the form of ‘Get Into Trouble (So What)', alongside Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Music, workout and family.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“We cannot take things for granted. We always need to thrive and show the world the importance of dance music and rave culture for the happiness and unity of humanity.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“Racism is a no-go in our industry and, of course, generally. It’s all about peace, love, unity and respect. We think so far our industry did a good job deleting racism. Now we’d like to see more women and different ethnically-oriented DJs.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“Personally, we use a lot of different languages in our music. The variety and coolness of other cultures is something that brings different people — and not necessarily dance music lovers — to listen to our songs.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Daft Punk ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’.”