“Veni, Vidi, Vici”. The iconic motto first coined by Julius Caesar to mark his victory in the field, has been embodied by Israeli DJ/Production royalty Matan Kadosh and Aviram Saharai – better known as Vini Vici – to mark their conquest of the psychedelic trance genre.
Known as the fastest rising psytrance artists of their generation, the Afula natives have succeeded in propelling the genre to the forefront of the electronic music circuit through their energetic performances and inimitable productions. Both established producers in their own right, the pair united over their desire to rework old school sounds into modern day music that would break boundaries and transcend time.
Forming in 2013, Matan and Aviram’s early work garnered the attention of a host of talent and tastemakers, including superstar DJ, Armin van Buuren, who’s edit of their track ‘The Tribe’ and inclusion in ASOT show for a fifth time well and truly cemented their position as ones to watch. Their 2016 remix of ‘Hilight Tribe – Free Tibet’ hit claimed the #2 spot on Beatport, marking the first ever psytrance track to enter into the Beatport Top 10 – a major moment for both Vini Vici and the psytrance movement.
2017 was the year that saw Vini Vici pave their way to global stardom, with their mammoth track ‘Great Spirit’ earning them international acclaim and legions of fans across the world. A catchy, lyrical hymn that fast became the most played track of Tomorrowland 2017, no festival in the world was complete without the chant of ‘Wakan Tanka, Hunkachila, Wohitika Oyate, Nagi Tanka, Tunkasila Akicita, Oyate’ that year. Dominating the airwaves and festival circuit alike, the gigs soon rolled in thick and fast for the duo. Performing at every major event across the world including Tomorrowland (Belgium), Electric Daisy Carnival (USA, China), ULTRA Worldwide (USA, Europe, South Africa), A State of Trance (Various), Sunburn Festival (India), Transmission (Worldwide), AMF (Netherlands) – you name it Vini Vici have played it.
2018 saw yet more musical milestones, as the pair secured prestigious collaborations with artists such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, R3HAB, Timmy Trumpet, ALOK, W&W, NERVO and more. Charting at #34 on the DJ Mag Top 100, they received the ‘Highest Climber’ award, in addition to achieving a Golden Record for ‘Great Spirit’ and placing as Beatport’s Bestselling Psytrance artist for a fourth year running.
Flying the flag for devotees of the genre across the world, Vini Vici were the first ever psytrance act to grace the main stages at Tomorrowland and ULTRA Music Festival (Miami), in addition to being the first Psy act to perform at Lollapalooza. Continuing their crusade to bring psytrance to the masses, Vini Vici set their sights on a record label of their own and in 2018 Alteza Records was born. The crown jewel of the Israeli psytrance kings, the Alteza Records imprint has boasted a wealth of top-class releases from acts around the world, in addition to hosting their very own stage at Tomorrowland in 2019 and 2020. Looking ahead to 2020, Vini Vici will be spreading the Alteza sound far and wide as they prepare to embark on a much-anticipated world tour, with 220 shows in over 40 countries.
Now with a Platinum record for ‘Great Spirit’, a handful of gold records and over 100 million views on YouTube alone for ‘Great Spirit’ and ‘Free Tibet’, it’s clear to see why Vini Vici are one of the leading electronic artists. Dominating the dance music sphere for the last few years, the prodigal pair certainly have plenty more tricks up their sleeve. With the dawn of a new decade, one thing is certain, when it comes to Vini Vici - They came, They saw and They continue to conquer.