Nima Yamini made his first album when he was 18 years old and has since been producing and DJing across the U.S. and Europe. Nima was known for throwing huge parties in NYC after his launch of Avenue A Soundcheck and is now focused on throwing huge events while playing his fresh electronic spin on pop, indie, and even trap music. Read our interview below to see how Nima went from his debut release to throwing massive parties in the NYC area. Check out Nima’s interview, his dope sounds, and connect with Nima to attend one of his next parties.
How would you describe your sound in three words?
weird. sexual. energy.
Can you tell me a little about when you released your first album at the ripe age of 18? How did you get into the music industry at this point to be able to release an album at such a young age?
I worked 80 hours a week, saved cash, and then put it into studio time. Once I had an album, I would go to Georgetown (neighborhood in Washington D.C.) and Balitmore to sell them one at a time. It was a short-lived strategy ha!!! I think some girls would just buy it because they felt bad for me.
When did you first become interested in music? Did you play any other instruments?
I played percussions, but aside from that I always had a passion for music. My father would always have very talented musicians stop by our home while on tour. I was fortunate to have that classical music education from him in the household, because I dreaded music class in school. I think some people who are creative and eccentric have a challenging time learning through such a conventional formal process of acquiring knowledge.
You’ve spent time living and DJ-ing in NYC, London, and Paris. How do the vibe of these cities compare and how were you received?
My taste in music went from pop, hip-hop, European, Middle Eastern classical to indie rock/alternative. Then I really ended up falling in love with electronic while abroad. All though I enjoyed electronic music in the 90’s, my time in Brazil of all places, really made me view it differently. In NYC, there are also these brunch parties called ‘Day&Night’ and these twins who I consider friends produce them. They really showed me EDM in a way that made me excited about the genre, and I never experienced EDM until attending their parties in NYC. I like the positive energy especially. I was more into indie rock shows with instruments, which I still love. I evolved more into the progressive electronic side with time as well, a greater appreciation.
When selecting songs, do you feel an emotional connection to them or is it something else?
Yeah of course, especially being an ‘emotional’ person in general.
What is your favorite venue to play in New York City?
I have a residency at Greenhouse now in SoHo. I like it because the owner Barry Mullineaux encouraged me to get into DJ-ing and to pursue it.
Where do you see yourself and your sound in the next 3-5 years?
I hope I evolve not just as an artist, but also as a human being. However, as long as I am working with music in some capacity, I am happy.
Can you talk a little about Ave A Soundcheck? How did you get started throwing these massive NYC parties?
It started as a popular Monday night party, which ended up becoming a bunch of celebrities and fashion models with music industry insiders attending. It was a fun ride, however I want a new challenge. At this point I’m focusing on doing larger scale events. Our next one is this summer for about 1,000 people, and I plan on keeping it open to everyone to attend. Where as before I kept a strict door policy and kept it private. I want to keep the experiences open to everyone, and I don’t feel comfortable with the idea of excluding someone because they might not be perceived as ‘hip’ or ‘socially attractive’.
What’s next for Nima Yamini?
I hope a ton of self-improvement; I am a work in progress. Thank you for having me on Music You Need. It’s an honor.
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