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Sound Searching: VIMES


It’s rare that an electronic duo who’re as handsome as the members of VIMES, as talented and as culturally exposed as Azhar and Julian came come together and create something so smooth and astral. Azhar was born in Nigeria to humanitarian workers of Indian descent who grew up all over Europe. When he moved to Cologne, Germany to study visual arts, he met his musical partner Julian. As you can comfortably assume, VIMES was born.

Courtesy of Humming Records

Since, they’ve received international recognition for their unique brand of electronic dance music, combining live instruments with electronic elements and a stirring visual live show made for shaking your bottom nonstop. In just a year’s time, VIMES have supported Hot Chip on tour, headlined sets all across Europe, as well as numerous continental festivals including Dockville, Eurosonic, First We Take Berlin, Reeperbahn Festival and DJ sets at Pop and Melt! Festivals. They were also invited to play at this year’s SXSW and Canadian Music Week, unfortunately neither of these happened due to visa complications. Don’t worry guys. Things will work out next year. We can feel it!

Most recently, Humming Records released their third single “Celestial” and you should listen to it via this link. For more VIMES, just click here.

Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor. She is the Director of Content for Duke Concept; Bartee is an Entertainment Creator for Google Web Stories. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.