Saniru Chimera, also known as CHIMERIX.


Meet teen digital music producer in the UAE


DUBAI – Let’s face it: quarantine is boring and it feels like there’s nothing much to do. But some have taken this time to start creating and innovating ideas to keep themselves occupied.

A few have honed their skills and talent to professional hobbies, like Saniru Chimera, also known as CHIMERIX, a 13-year-old music producer who debuted at the age of 11 in the digital music scene.

“I make music, I put it out in the public, and have fun you know?” CHIMERIX tells

The Sri Lankan teen, believed to be the youngest digital music producer in the UAE, has started carving a niche for himself in the pop and electronic music circles. Fans follow his music on Spotify. asked the teen music maker to tell us more about his passion. Here’s how it went down:

When did you start making music?

“I started making music at the age of 10, so around three years ago.”

How does it feel being called the youngest music producer in the UAE?

“Honestly, it feels really surprising, man. It shocked me at first and it still does, but I’m super grateful and excited I got more time to prove to shine.”

What inspires you to make music?

“It was just my dad. My dad always used to remake original music, so I wanted to do the same. So, I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music and everything; and I was inspired by that!”

Who are your five favorite artists?

“All time, Martin Garrix, he’s a huge, huge artist.”

Martin Garrix, a renowned music producer and DJ.

“Oh man, this is a hard question; a very hard one. I’d say there’s a lot of artists from Netherlands. He goes by the name of Mike Williams. He’s a DJ, he’s amazing. Then there’s another artist from the UK, Kirby. Oh, obviously Skrillex, absolutely amazing.”

Skrillex (Sonny John Moore) is a revolutionary dubstep producer.

“My last one, is probably yeah, Flume. For sure.”

Recently you gained more than 1,500 listeners on Spotify. That’s a crazy number, even for a 13-year-old. How do you feel about that?

“Honestly? It’s insane. When I saw on my Spotify around 1,500 plus monthly listeners, it was insane, I was absolutely speechless. I was telling all my friends, it was insane; like, I never thought I could have gotten that high.

CHIMERIX’S Spotify page as of August 2, 2020.

What’s your advice to young expat musicians in the UAE?

“Honestly, just work hard. Like, I know there’s going to be a lot of people that’ll put you down and stuff, but believe in yourself. Don’t let anybody put you down. Just do you, just be yourself.”

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