Chiminyo is a drummer and producer from North London who, with his tech-heavy drum kit set-up, combines the raw, immediate live sound of percussion and the futuristic timbres of his electronic productions to create his own, daring soundworld. Via laboriously self-coded software, each cymbal crash and drum hit triggers a synth or sample, allowing Chiminyo complete control and freeing him of all loops, click-tracks and backing tracks. Every sound effect is performed live, producing an idiosyncratic kind of music that has led to solo performances at Love Supreme Festival and London Jazz Festival, features on Worldwide FM and Jazzwise, and releases via Gearbox Records.
In Autumn 2020, Chiminyo released his debut album I AM PANDA via Gearbox Records. Whereas the 2019 EP 'I am Chiminyo' was an introduction to his sound and technique, his debut album is a deep exploration of the music that Chiminyo truly resonates with. Recorded at Konk Studios by Ricardo Damian (Jorja Smith, Sampha, Binker & Moses), the album features a host of talented guests including Kweku Sackey aka K.O.G, singer Dunja Botic, and spoken word artist Brother Portrait of Steam Down fame. Composed and arranged by Chiminyo, the music's synth-laden blend of euphoric choruses, glittering drum beats, and psychedelic samples led to international media attention and airtime on radio 1, radio 3, radio 6 extra and earned him the prestigous Jazz FM digital award in 2020