Saturday Night Session 009: ARTY talks video games and explains the huge year he has in store

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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Two artist aliases, 12 months, and 20 songs. Artem Stoliarov cannot be stopped, but apparently his 2018 output is only a fraction of what fans should expect from him in 2019. More popularly known as ARTY or ALPHA9, the Russian producer is matched by few in quantity of releases as of late, and even fewer in quality.

While the rise of formulaic and simplistic arrangement has propelled the careers of many thanks to the rise of pop electronic crossover releases, Stoliarov has found a way to stay relevant to the masses without compromising his musical integrity. His early influences still play a big role in his creative inspiration, and for ARTY in particular, progressive house music is what has driven him to create and produce. For ALPHA9, his inspiration is undoubtedly gathered from the trance music scene. While the two aliases represent his different sides, they are linked by the fact that they both yield ‘feel good’ music.

Maintaining two aliases with the level of output both ALPHA9 and ARTY have is rare, and undoubtedly may seem like a daunting task for many. Stoliarov interestingly notes that having both projects is what keeps him creative and enables him to keep producing. He spoke on this, explaining, “The technical process or the workflow is pretty much the same for both projects. The biggest difference is about the ideas, melodies, harmonies and the sound.” He continues, “While ARTY is more euphoric and progressive house-driven music, ALPHA 9 is a cinematic and a deeper experience. And I think the distinction between the two projects was the main reason I could stay inspired throughout the entire year.”

He is the first to admit that mindset is everything for him. He concluded his thoughts about the dynamic between the projects, saying, “Anytime I’d get stuck with an ARTY track, it would be because I didn’t carry the right emotions or my mindset was in a different place, so then I switch to an ALPHA 9 project, and then back. It’s really bizarre, but amazing at the same time how the things work out this way.” His ability to never stop producing because of this dynamic explains the amount of music he was able to put out in 2018, but he notes that he has so much music left to release that he doesn’t think one year will be enough time for what he has left to put out in 2019.

ARTY has arrived with the first of these releases, and his progressive house roots feel more apparent than ever in, “Save Me Tonight.” The dance-inducing song is the perfect example of a unique sonic progression that is framed by unique vocal layers and an upbeat bassline that creates a radio or live-performance worthy release.

The track is more than just another release for the producer. It is a culmination of all of the sonic elements he has been working toward for years. He states, “This song is one of the rarest cases when you listen to a final version, you’re like ‘yeah, that’s it, I finally got it.’ He continues, “‘Save Me Tonight’ is the highlight of everything I’ve been trying to achieve with my music for the past year and a half, getting back to my older progressive and house roots. I grew up on Axwell, Ingrosso, Eric Prydz and Roger Sanchez‘s house music back in the day, and making a record with its influence is like a child’s dream comes true. I think when the fans hear this track, they will know exactly why I’m feeling this way.”

“Save Me Tonight” opens Stoliarov’s Saturday Night Session, and it is the perfect introduction to lure listeners into the hour-long journey through ARTY originals and other choice selections from a variety of artists. While he incorporates progressive house and trance initially, the mix takes a surprising turn, with moments of hip hop and even rock weaved in. The end of Stoliarov’s Saturday Night Session leaves the listener in pieces, as he transitions from seemingly unrelated genres, musicians, and tempos.

Those who have seen him perform live will not be surprised by the session because the producer is known for pivoting from his ‘typical’ style in club sets. He always weaves in the unexpected, as long as it is high energy. For those new to his live performances, prepare for a wild Saturday night, because it will be hard to sit still after listening to this.

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We heard “Save Me Tonight” is what you consider to be ‘the best record you’ve ever created.’ Can you tell us about the song and why you think that?

This song is one of the rarest cases when you listen to a final version, you’re like “yeah, that’s it, I finally got it.” “Save Me Tonight” is the highlight of everything I’ve been trying to achieve with my music for the past year and a half, getting back to my older progressive and house roots. I grew up on Axwell, Ingrosso, Eric Prydz and Roger Sanchez’s house music back in the day, and making a record with its influence is like a child’s dream comes true. I think when the fans hear this track, they will know exactly why I’m feeling this way.

How long have you been working on “Save Me Tonight,” and how does it feel now that it has finally been released?

It took a while. I had this top line for a long time and all of a sudden, back in last July, I had a sparkle in my mind that I need to do something with it. It was one of the moments when you already know exact chords and sounds you’re gonna make. After that, it was just a matter of the right execution. I played an early version in few of my live sets and tweaked all of the parts I wasn’t sure of. It was about 5-6 months between the early demo and final mix. And yes, it feels extremely satisfying that the song is finally out. Me and my team worked extremely hard to get everything done, but what I’m most excited about is the reaction of my fans, because “Save Me Tonight” was made for them in the first place.

Being featured on Ninjawerks must have been a really cool moment for you- especially since you’re into the gaming scene. What is your game of choice?

Gaming was one of my first big obsessions when I was a kid. To be honest, it still is. I usually prefer single player games with strong storytelling, that’s probably why my favourite game of all times is Star Wars “Knights of the Old Republic” and “God of War” from last year. But if we’re talking about competitive genre, that would be “League of Legends”. I had to stop playing it around 2017 because usually, LOL takes a lot of time that I just don’t have anymore. I still have a huge love for this game, and I try to watch my favourite streamers and big tournaments from time to time.

When you aren’t producing music, how do you spend your time?

Looking back at 2018, I really didn’t have that much free time left. Usually after long studio sessions, I try to play video games for an hour or so, so I can ease up my mind. I’m also watching some of the movies and tv shows that are out, but new franchises and seasons come out so rapidly, that it became a really overwhelming trying to keep up with those. Lately, I’ve gotten back to reading some of the classic Russian poetry, and it feels really inspiring.

Between ALPHA9 and ARTY, you released 20 songs in 2018. That is insane. Is there a reason you have chosen to release singles versus an album for both of your artist aliases?

I’m not ready for another album yet. And it’s not really about the amount of the tracks I’ve released last year. 2018 was an incredible year where I could get my head straight, try out new things, be versatile, productive and inspired. I need one more year like that, and who knows what’s gonna happen in 2020.

What are your plans for 2019? What can we expect after such a big 2018?

2019 is gonna be even better. I already have a lot of music that is done or close to being done, and I’m not sure it will be enough time for me to release all of it in just one year. At the beginning of 2018, I had a basic concept of what direction I wanted to take with both the ARTY and ALPHA 9 projects. Now that it’s been a year, I know exactly what to do and where the things are going to go. Everything feels right.

Do you have a different creative process for ARTY versus ALPHA9? What inspires each of your creative sides?

Technical process or the workflow is pretty much the same for both projects. The biggest difference is about the ideas, melodies, harmonies and the sound. While ARTY is more euphoric and progressive house driven music, ALPHA 9 is a cinematic and deeper experience. And I think the distinction between the two projects was the main reason I could stay inspired throughout the entire year. Anytime I’d get stuck with an ARTY track, it would be because I didn’t carry the right emotions or my mindset was in a different place, so then I switch to an ALPHA 9 project, and then back. It’s really bizarre, but amazing at the same time how the things work out this way.

Do you have any other secret projects (artist names) floating out there…

That’s why you call it a secret project, you can’t talk about it 😉

What kind of a Saturday Night is your mix getting us ready for?

Well, “Save Me Tonight” would be a highlight of this mix, but also, music I’m listening to on a daily basis or playing in my live shows.

Arty and Audien unravel trance anthem ‘Never Letting Go’

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Arty and Audien unravel trance anthem ‘Never Letting Go’Arty Audien

Audien has made his profound return to trance music with a long-awaited collaboration with Arty “Never Letting Go.”

Stoking intrigue surrounding the auspicious release, the duo started teasing the impending collaboration on social media. Shortly thereafter, the producers let loose both an edit and original version of the track on Anjunabeats. “Never Letting Go” combines euphoric notes with mystical vocals. The punchy drop is catchy enough to thaw listeners’ dispositions long after the song’s conclusion.

Arty has released an extensive catalog of music this year under both his Arty and Alpha9 monikers. Conversely, Audien took some time away from consistent track output, and surprised fans with a return to Anjunabeats to release “Higher” that has since become sought-after enough to find itself among both a sundry of live sets and traveling atop worldwide radio waves. The duo have certainly left the door open for future collaborations, given the rapturous execution of this first endeavor.

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Alpha9 unveils new single, ‘All We Need’

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There is nothing stopping Artem Stoliarov in 2018, as the producer releases another track under his Alpha9 project.  The Russian producer has released over five tracks this calendar year mixed between progressive house alias Arty and trance alias Alpha9.

Alpha9’s newest track is named “All We Need,” and the upbeat chords propel the mystical song forward. The track is the perfect trance song to serve as the backbone of a live set, and those who see him live will certainly come across “All We Need” again.

Arty’s Pure Trance Alter Ego Remixes Virtual Self’s ‘Ghost Voices’

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Virtual Self has been one of the most interesting story lines in EDM over the last several months. Porter Robinson released his new alter ego focusing on an unique and unexplored world and obviously it became an instant success. Several artists have tried their hand at remixing Virtual Self and most have come out incredible.

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Arty returns to his progressive roots with new release

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Whether he is releasing under the moniker of Alpha 9 or Arty, Russian producer Artem Stoliarov is on a roll with new releases. His newest single under Arty is titled “Sunrise,” and the feel-good track takes him back to his progressive house roots.

April Bender’s vocals serve as a focal point for the song until the drop, which is an upbeat chord progression fit for a night out. Arty commented on the release:

“It’s important for me to continue making the music I enjoy the most and ‘Sunrise’ definitely falls into that category. It’s both a milestone and an incredibly important track in my career as I get back to my Progressive House roots and I’m extremely excited to officially share it with my fans after successfully sneaking it into my live sets for the past few months.”

“Sunrise” is out now on Armada.

[Dreamstate Interview] Arty/Alpha9

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After a year of hit releases under his Alpha9 moniker (including ‘The Night Is Ours‘ and ‘Skin‘), Arty showcased the trance vibes he is known for at Dreamstate SoCal 2017. From the sidelines of the ‘Dream’ stage, I was able to get a glimpse of the many emotions that fans expressed during his set—fans that

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Arty remixes Moby’s Iconic ‘Porcelain’ and discusses his creative process and Moby’s Influence

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Moby, otherwise known as Richard Melville Hall, is one of the founding fathers and most influential figures in dance music. Many say he is the reason dance music found popularity in the U.S. and the U.K, thus catapulting electronic dance music to the global phenomenon it is now. The American musician recently wrote a memoir Porcelain: A Memoir, where he dedicated a chapter to his experience remixing his song “Go.” In honor of this, Moby has asked a wide range and some of the most respected music producers of today to remix four of his most seminal tracks “Go,” “Why Does my Heart,” “Natural Blues” and “Porcelain.” Over 40 artists will release their remixes of one of the four tracks in the spirit of creative spirit and collaboration. The project is called Black Lacquer

Few are more versatile than progressive house and trance producer Arty. The Russian DJ and producer, whose real name is Artyom Stolyarov, was drawn to music at a young age leading his grandmother to enroll him in music school at the age of eight. Originally a pianist, Stolyarov graduated from music school at the age of 14 and decided to forego becoming a professional pianist because his passion for the instrument had faded. What did not fade, however, was his passion for video games and electronics, which thus led him to discover electronic music production.

Upon entering the music production world, Arty quickly created a name for himself, and in 2009, the producer was signed to Anjunabeats. Stolyarov creates under two different monikers– Arty for his progressive house hits and Alpha9 for his Trance anthems. Still with Anjunabeats today, the producer was asked to remix Moby’s “Porcelain,” which he considers to be one of his all time favorite songs. Arty comments on not only how honored he is to be given the opportunity to remix an iconic song, but how difficult it is to change something that many consider to be “perfect” as is. Arty’s take on the song is a slight variation of the original with its addition of a few upbeat chords and a vocal layer. Arty discusses Moby, his influence on himself as an artist, and his creative process when approaching this legendary remix.

Read Our Interview with Arty below.

What does this track mean to you / why did you choose this track?

“Porcelain” was the first record that I heard from Moby since this track was the part of huge commercials on Russian TV back in early 2000’s. From then I fell in love with it, so when Moby’s management reached out to me about the remix opportunity, I could only think of “Porcelain.” Having a chance to remix your childhood song is not something you want to miss out on. It’s a huge responsibility, but at the same time, a great opportunity. I just tried to do my best.

How has Moby impacted not just this industry, but you as a musician? What does Moby mean to you?

He shaped the dance music industry and has always been a huge inspiration for many generations of producers. He has been able to make all sorts of styles by putting his signature sound behind his productions and songs. He is an Iconic musician.

Can you tell us about your creative process and why you made the decisions you did in your remix of this song? 

Since this song means so much to me, I didn’t want to take too far from original. So my remix is more of me revisiting the record and trying to imagine how it would sound nowadays. As easy as it sounds, making this remix was quite challenging, plus you unintentionally put so much pressure on yourself because of the status of the song. But in the end I was happy with final result.

 What will Moby’s musical legacy be?

I’m sure that his music will stay forever in many people’s hearts, and it will inspire more musicians in the future, since, in my personal opinion, his music is timeless.

You can only listen to one version of “Porcelain” for the rest of your life. Is it your remix, another remix, or the original?

It would definitely be original song, since none of the remixes would beat it.

If Moby were to remix one of your songs, which one would you want him to remix? 

If this dream would come true, I would ask him to remix “Kate” or “Last Kiss,” cause those are probably the most meaningful and personal songs I’ve ever made.