Roger Sanchez Talks About His Upcoming elrow Performance In NYC & More [Interview]

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Grammy winner and Ibiza staple Roger “S-man” Sanchez will be making his worldwide elrow debut and playing an unmissable house classics sunset set July 27th at elrow: Rowllywood at the Brooklyn Mirage in New York City. Ahead of the massive event which will be the hottest house show in NYC this summer, we got the

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

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

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.

NMF Roundup: Sultan + Shepard take on Fatboy Slim, Klingande and Broken Back create ‘Wonders,’ BROHUG thrill in new Spinnin’ release, and more

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NMF Roundup: Sultan + Shepard take on Fatboy Slim, Klingande and Broken Back create ‘Wonders,’ BROHUG thrill in new Spinnin’ release, and moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 0525

The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.


A groovy introduction transforms Kungs and Stargates’ newest release, “Be Right Here,” and added electronic elements give the catchy release a new twist thanks to remixer Wax Motif.

Swedish trio BROHUG is out with a release for Spinnin’ Records, “The Hunt.” With its intense energy and kicking chords, this new track’s eerie atmosphere is sure to thrill and excite.

Sofi Tukker have followed up their 2017 Portuguese Treehouse track “Energia” with a “Parte 2,” featuring Pabllo Vittar. “Energia- Parte 2” is an infectious track — also in Portuguese, like its predecessor — that can only be described as dance-inducing.

Roger Sanchez and Park & Sons transport listeners into the disco era with groovy new track featuring commanding vocals from Julie McKnight titled “This Feeling.”

Commercial house meets experimental soundscaping in this genre-bending release by Friend Within titled “The Truth.” Friend Within blends a groovy bassline and bright horns with catchy vocals in his new Toolroom release.

Instead of adding a hard drop and intense synth layers as many remixers do with radio-crossover releases, AmPm has lowered the BPM of Nicky Romero‘s collaboration with Taio Cruz, and added melodic moments to give the release a calming effect.

Klingande takes listeners on an indie-electronic journey with Broken Back. With its silky-smooth vocals and laid-back beat, “Wonders” proves summer never has to end.

Sultan + Shepard never cease to surprise with their experimentation across genres and sound design. Their take on Fatboy Slim‘s “Gangster Trippin” will keep a club going until the early hours of the morning, thanks to its high-energy house chords layered over the original 1998 vocals.

The Him have skewed pop with their latest, “Nothing On Us.” It opens with catchy harmonized vocals that lead into bright piano melodies and a cheery house drop.

VALENTINE and West1ne team up for “Backpack,” which effortlessly fuses calming energy with a sizable dose of bass.

While not the usual suspect for electronic music lovers, MOD SUN has infused polarizing future bass chords into the drop of new release, “Burning Up.”

Photo credit: Pablo Murillo

Tomorrowland announces addition of Dua Lipa, Rødhåd b2b Âme, Pan-Pot, and more to lineup

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As the countdown to festival season continues, Tomorrowland has been gradually releasing the names that will grace the stages of one of the world’s most celebrated festivals. Along with the January announcements that brought on artists like Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz, the Belgian festival has announced the addition of nearly 20 more artists to kick off February.

Tomorrowland 2018 lineup additions:

2ManyDJs

Armand van Helden

Bedouin

Curtis Alto

Dua Lipa

Henri PFR

Lil Pump

Nervo

Nora en Pure

Pan-Pot

Rødhåd b2b Âme

Roger Sanchez

Sam Feldt Live

Slushii

Steve Aoki

Sub Zero Project

Todd Terry

Underworld

Tomorrowland will return to Boom, Belgium July 20–July 22 and July 27-July 29. Tickets and travel packages are still available here.

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