Dance music has a new champion-in-waiting.
CHIMES is the new collaboration between British producer Draper and multi-genre songwriter/vocalist Paul Aiden. Forged through a speculative songwriting session in mid-2014, Draper and Aiden discovered both a creative chemistry and a shared love of constructing credible, commercial songs with international appeal. Several late-night writing sessions and live rehearsals later, CHIMES was born.
CHIMES’ first music was unveiled in January 2015: Silvia, a pounding house track included on the Killing Moon New Moons: Volume III compilation. The track received praise from BBC Introducing (Record Of The Week), DIY Magazine and Breaking More Waves, naming CHIMES as one of the most promising artists that would be launching this year. Since then, CHIMES have been recording new material and remixing other artists – Prides, Remi Miles and Charlene Soraia. “We’re both fans of dance-pop”, explains Draper, “but felt there was space for something new, fresh
and powerful to make a mark”. For the duo it’s an opportunity to combine their experience of working with global artists with making the kind of songs that they love. “We want CHIMES to be a special live experience” says Aiden. “We loved the energy we felt creating the music – now it’s time to get it into venues and into everybody’s faces”.