18+ has been operating anonymously since 2011. Evolving throughout several media, 18+ creates music and visuals made from their own productions and appropriated material. 18+ is instinctive, inclusive and expansive. Absorbing content from people, companies and avatars, 18+ combines and redistributes the work into their own, regardless of the platform. 18+ exists somewhere between museums, nightclubs and the internet. 18+ has self-released three mixtapes online. Their first public appearances were in the summer of 2013 in which they performed throughout Europe. Venues ranged between nightclubs, galleries, and most notably the Venice Biennale in which they performed in a school gymnasium. 18+ returned with ›Collect‹ in 2016 – their most ambitious and powerful work to date. Recorded collaboratively between Justin and Samia’s respective Berlin and Honolulu residences, the album is a product of their physical geographical distance and autobiographical individual growth: the fragmented meeting of displaced minds, reflecting on society’s interaction in a variety of contexts, from platonic, to professional, to economic.
For 2016, 18+ are receiving a grant in the amount of 8,000 euros to assemble a band of musicians to help write, record and perform a solo project, while simultaneously developing the same band into a live performance group to support the project 18+.