ARTY: The Mastermind Dives Deep Into ALPHA 9

By: The Nocturnal Times 

May 6, 2019

Russian-born electronic DJ/Producer ARTY has been a dance music mainstay since he first exploded onto the scene a decade ago in 2009. His musical evolution included various top originals and noteworthy remixes for numerous top-tier acts. What’s been going on lately in the world of ARTY? The Nocturnal Times sat down with ARTY during Miami Music Week this year, just before he took the stage at Armada Invites.

Russian-born electronic DJ/Producer ARTY has been a dance music mainstay since he first exploded onto the scene a decade ago in 2009. His musical evolution included various top originals and noteworthy remixes for numerous top-tier acts. What’s been going on lately in the world of ARTY? The Nocturnal Times sat down with ARTY during Miami Music Week this year, just before he took the stage at Armada Invites.

One thing that’s remained consistent throughout ARTY’s 10-plus-year musical career is the passion and emotion found within his tunes. Now releasing with the prestigious independent dance label Armada Music (Armin van Buuren’s imprint), ARTY’s “Save Me Tonight” is already, without a doubt, one of the biggest dance songs of 2019. His latest, “Avalanche,” was released through Armada Music on April 19, and prior, ARTY released “Velvet,” which was included on Ninjawerks via Astralwerks.

Since becoming part of the Armada Music family, in addition to the aforementioned “Avalanche” and the chart-topping “Save Me Tonight,” ARTY also dropped tunes such as “Tim” in honor of the late, great Avicii, “Sunrise,” “Rain,” “Perfect Strangers,”  and “Couldn’t Be Better.” Already taking this year by the reigns, the ambitious producer continues to captivate listeners both through his ARTY persona as well as his ALPHA 9 moniker.

Before his time at one of dance music’s biggest indie labels [Armada], ARTY made quite a name for himself by releasing trance tunes with Anjunabeats and Enhanced, just to name two. Tracks like “Kate,” “Hope,” “Zara,” “The Wonder,” “The Rush,” “Around The Word,” “Flashback,” and the anthemic classic, “Rebound” with Mat Zo all helped pave the way for where ARTY is today, and remain many of the metamorphic marks within his impressive discography.

Among his years of experience came original music on Armada Music, Anjunabeats (Above & Beyond), Astralwerks, Revealed Music (Hardwell), Spinnin’ Records, Flashover Recordings (Ferry Corsten), STMPD RCRDS (Martin Garrix), Seeking Blue, Armind Recordings, and Enhanced Music (Tritonal), among others.

Which of ARTY’s tracks almost didn’t happen? What does his ALPHA 9 alias mean to him and his fans? Will ARTY continue releasing music as ALPHA 9 or continue making trance? Which types of music does he plan on including within his upcoming shows? Find out all of this and more in The Nocturnal Times’ exclusive interview with ARTY, below.

The Nocturnal Times: Another year, another Miami Music Week. What do you look forward to most about coming back to partake in the WMC festivities each year? 

ARTY: It’s hot! I’ve been coming here for [Miami Music Week/Winter Music Conference] since 2012 and I don’t think I’ve missed a single year since then. So, that would make this my 7th or 8th Miami. With every single year, I just try to learn a lot. It’s nice to come here and see all your friends that you haven’t seen for a while.

The Nocturnal Times: We’re here at Armada Invites and you’re about to take the stage soon. What can you share with us about your recent joining to the Armada Music family? What can you tell us about your time thus far with one of the biggest independent dance labels around? 

ARTY: We had a meeting yesterday with Maykel — they’re all great, we love those guys. I think when I first signed with Armada Music back in 2017, the reason why we signed with them in the first place was because I had this vision where I wanted to take my music. I strongly believed then, and I still believe now, that progressive house music is coming back. I was talking to Maykel and I told him, “this is the music that I want to do. I can go a little less commercial or a little commercial, but I want to get back to my roots and produce the music that I used to do. He told me flat out that he shared the same thoughts as I did and he would do anything to support me. The first single that we released together was “Sunrise.” Without even getting into the numbers [“Sunrise”] was a very successful record for me, but the most important thing for me was seeing whether the record works or not when playing it live. For this record, I knew that it was the definition of me doing the right thing for my fans and for myself. If you share the same vision, working towards the same goals that you have, makes for a good relationship.

The Nocturnal Times: Touching on “Sunrise” a bit, what can you tell us “Save Me Tonight”, which is one of the biggest dance records of 2019? 

ARTY: The story behind [“Save Me Tonight”] is that my music manager [one of his artists is a songwriter that wrote a song in 2015]. I actually sat on it for a while, I didn’t really know what to do with it for a bit. Then in five minutes I made the chord progression, but I remember within a week, [my team and I] all had that “holy shit” feeling from the track, goosebumps already. It was actually sort of a similar story behind how “Sunrise” came together. We were on a boat [Groove Cruise] and my manager showed me the song and I was like “oh my god” — it really struck the both of us. I remember just writing the melody and I knew — “that’s it!” My manager and I have been together now for three years, but I love this guy. We have a lot of arguments and debates, but at the end of the day, it’s all for the greater good. It’s a lot of dealing with egos and back and forth, but at the end of the end of the day, it’s all worth it — we have a great relationship.

The Nocturnal Times: Talking a bit about how quickly chord progressions can sometimes come together, looking back now, were there any tracks of yours that took a very long time to finish or that you thought may not happen altogether? 

ARTY: “Save Me Tonight.” That record took us a very long time. I think [“Save Me Tonight”] the demo version was finished in May, but it wasn’t really done until about October or November. This track took a lot of time because I was on tour a lot and I would play different versions of it. Then I remember going back and fixing or changing some of it each time. I was changing claps and kicks and all that stuff. It’s definitely been a very long process, but I think everybody can actually understand that this was a very special track, so I had to make sure that the time was spent into making it the very best it could be — I wanted it to be perfect. I mean, it’s never *perfect*, but getting it to the point where you know — “that’s it!”

The Nocturnal Times: Some artists will release tracks and then look back on them months or years down the line and think about things they could have or should have done differently. Do you find this happens to you?  

ARTY: That actually isn’t really my mindset. The past in the past, for me. I think for me this may be less of a factor because I’m always making different edits of my songs for my live sets.

The Nocturnal Times: Let’s dig deeper into your various aliases and monikers. Why is it important for you to release music as ARTY and ALPHA 9 and is this something you plan to continue doing? 

ARTY: It’s absolutely crucial for my career because ALPHA 9 is — despite the fact that instead of working 12 hours I have to work 24 hours because those projects are equally important. Especially over the last two years, I can see the shift in the parties I do and the music I make on the ARTY side and then on the Alpha 9 side. These projects are equally important to me and they fulfill each other. I don’t see it as my career exists without the other. It’s very inspirational and for me it helps because you don’t get stuck making one type of music.

The Nocturnal Times: With the over-saturation of the music industry today and the number of tracks being released every week, do you follow a specific routine or have a certain way of sifting through new music in the digital age? 

ARTY: The changes over the last five years especially have been dramatic. I remember back in 2017 talking to my team about it and we all came to the same conclusion about it that hopefully by next year [2018] that my sets will be predominantly my own music, original mash-ups, or edits of my old tracks. I still like some of the new tracks that are coming out by artists that I like, but it’s happening less and less. Especially because, like you said, there’s just way too much new music, especially on Spotify, to discover.

The Nocturnal Times: As you mentioned, this is your 7th or 8th consecutive year attending MMW/WMC. What are some of the biggest changes that you’ve noticed over the years about one of dance music’s biggest weeks?  

ARTY: It just got very busy and saturated. I remember in 2015 when DJs were playing — I myself played 12 shows in five days, which was crazy. This to me has become more of a problem or an issue, that you have to start picking and choosing. Back in 2012, when I did my first show in Miami, it had this special essence, but over the years, coming to Miami has become so hectic and so busy — there’s so much going on. I’m not saying whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, but that’s one of the biggest things that I’ve noticed — the over-saturation.

The Nocturnal Times: Tell us, who are some of your dream collaborations? After a decade making music, you’ve had a lot of great collaborations and big features, but are there any artists out there who you still hope to collaborate with one day?  

ARTY: There are three names, maybe four, that I can think of right now off the top of my head. The Weeknd, Abel is one of my favorite singers. I love [The Weeknd’s] music a lot, his albums are unreal, and for some reason, his voice reminds me a lot of Michael Jackson. It’s definitely different, but he has some of those elements in his voice, and he’s such an incredible live performer. I went to his concert in 2016 and I was very, very impress — he actually hits every single note. Frank Ocean is another one, I’m a very big fan. Then there’s Childish Gambino, who is just incredible — he’s a guy of *so* many talents. I love what he’s doing with music, movies, TV shows — he’s just incredible and I love what he’s doing with everything. I also love London Grammar, so those are my top picks.

The Nocturnal Times: Looking back: What have been one of your wildest or craziest experiences on the road over the course of your career? 

ARTY: I remember actually at Ultra Music Festival in Miami back in 2013, when I was playing the Main Stage around 3-4pm. We were actually just talking about this a couple of days ago. I remember it was just so, so, so hot. I was wearing a black t-shirt, of course, because like everybody else I wear black shirts and black pants. I remember I had no sunscreen on myself and I was literally burning on the stage. I only played for an hour, but all of the equipment was so hot and I remember sweating so much. My ex-girlfriend was looking at me and I had these bubbles and blisters all over my chest — like second and third degree burns. The set was good, though, I enjoyed it. That Ultra was definitely something to remember. I played in Indonesia at Warehouse Project in Djakarta, which is a very cool festival, but I was talking to my manager and he mentioned that we needed to leave extra early because of traffic. So, I remember we left around 12pm because my set was at 6 or 7pm, and I missed my set — I was 30 minutes late. The traffic there was just absolutely insane. What was supposed to be a 20-minute drive, because of traffic, we were stuck for almost 7 hours. We get out of the car and I remember it was just pouring rain. We ended up driving right up to the stage, but it was the wrong stage. At this point, we ended up having to walk all the way across the festival grounds because there was no more bike path. I remember I had just bought a pair of new white sneakers that I wore and had to throw away. They ended up moving my set and I played for 45 minutes, but it was still kind of a bummer.

The Nocturnal Times: What’s in the works in the world of ARTY that you can share with readers of The Nocturnal Times? 

ARTY: I have my new ARTY single that [just dropped] on Armada Music called “Avalanche.” It’s a definitely club banger that I’ve been playing all month and have been getting a great reaction. My next ALPHA 9 single is coming out [this month], and that’s actually something I’m most looking forward to. It’s not the same music that I was doing under my ALPHA 9 moniker over the last few years, so I’m really excited about it.

The Nocturnal Times: Do you tend to split your time evenly when it comes to working on ALPHA 9 versus ARTY or do you gravitate more towards one over the other? 

ARTY: It’s just a natural shift between two projects. It really all depends on the music I have in the works for ARTY and then for ALPHA 9. Like I was saying earlier, I had “Save Me Tonight,” which for two months was a big priority, especially because I had to prepare the show, new remixes, edits, and mash-ups. So, that all being said, I think the recent shift has been more in favor of ARTY, but I have the upcoming tour coming up with Anjunabeats in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which are ALPHA 9, so that’ll become priority for a little bit. They’re both equally important projects for me. Sometimes, I’ll find myself spending more time on ARTY and then others I find myself gravitating more towards ALPHA 9. To me, it’s not like I consider ALPHA 9 to be a side project — it’s not like that. [ARTY and ALPHA 9] are both equally important to me.

The Nocturnal Times: What’s next for you? 

ARTY: A lottt of new music. There’s so much new music that we’re trying to figure out how to release it. It sucks when you realize that you won’t be able to release all of this stuff this year. I have enough material for two full albums.

The Nocturnal Times: Do you want to release an album or keep your releases singles/EP based? 

ARTY: No, I don’t. I don’t think I’m actually ready for the next album because the first album was a lot of work. I remember the amount of stress that I had with that and I don’t want to put myself in that position again, just yet. I want to make sure that every member of the team realizes the right time to release the next album — when I’m ready, when the music is ready, and when the brand is ready. Maybe in 2-3 years, maybe sooner, maybe later, maybe never — who knows? But, I would be totally down to do another album in the future. At least now I feel like I’m getting closer to that point.


A Tale of Two Aliases: ARTY and ALPHA 9 [Interview]

An in-depth look at the producer behind two distinct projects and what drives each forward as the new year begins.

Olivia Marshall

Jan 9, 2019

ARTY and ALPHA 9 are one Russian musician, producer, and DJ by the name of Artem Stoliarov. He has been releasing under his two aliases nonstop throughout 2018. At 29 years old, Stoliarov has already collaborated with some of he largest names in electronic music like Armin van BuurenAbove & Beyond and Paul van Dyk - just to name a few. He has also appeared multiple times in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs awards series. 

The past year proved to be one of great success, with consistent releases from both projects throughout 2018. It took a combination of meaningful solo tracks and collaborations that allowed some of Stoliarov's progressive house roots to come forward, while laying the groundwork for the year to come. had the opportunity to interview Stoliarov on the dynamic between his two aliases. Read what he had to say below. You’ve had a nonstop year, between releasing tracks for both ARTY and ALPHA 9 and touring all over the world. What inspired you to separate the projects and put more individual focus on each one this past year? 

Artem Stoliarov: There were a lot of factors coming together, to be honest. When I focused on my debut album back in 2013, I decided to explore more genres and give myself a break from the progressive/trance scene for a bit so I could be more open to new sounds and styles, because discovering something new does make me better as a producer. And at some point, my fans might have thought that I was abandoning my roots, but that was not the case - I just needed a long break. When I finally felt that the time was right - and I felt inspired and recharged enough - I brought back ALPHA 9 and made it my progressive/trance alter ego. I’m extremely respectful to my fans, I hear them out, and mostly, the ALPHA 9 project is a dedication to them.

Also, by 2017 I finally hit the point where the separation of my styles was needed. I do love to produce both house/progressive house and progressive/trance genres but I think it was important to show people what they should expect from both projects and the exact directions I’m taking with both ARTY and ALPHA 9, musically and live shows wise. 

What emotions guide you through each alias’ style?

I definitely feel more encouraged to make more uplifting and commercially appealing music with my ARTY records. It’s the style that I personally want to listen to on dance radio or play in my live shows - upbeat, and yet still emotional. I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with my sound for ARTY, doing more old school house and progressive house records, and I love where it's going so far. For ALPHA 9, it’s raw emotions and cinematic sounds - a combination of everything I’ve learned from the beginning of my career with all of the experience I’ve had throughout many years being in the scene. There is no control and no direction as to what ALPHA 9 music is going to sound like, it’s whatever I feel right at the moment when I’m working on new ideas. 

Could you share any special stories or influences behind any of ALPHA 9’s original tracks released like “You and I” or ARTY’s “Tim?”  

Both tracks have extremely special meaning to me. They're the most personal tracks I’ve ever made and they're based on the heartbreaking experiences and moments I have gone through in my life. The best way I could express myself was through the music. I don’t really think the explanation from me is needed here, those tracks do it much better.

What can we expect from each of your projects in 2019 with all of the fuel you’re currently feeding them? 

I have a new single coming out this month and I personally think it's the best record I’ve created so far, so I’ve never been this excited in my entire career - probably both stressed out and excited! The anticipation from my fans is a bit overwhelming at this point, but my team and I worked so hard on this song, so everything about it feels right. There are also tons of new tracks that will come out at some point next year, but so far I’m testing them out in my live sets. For ALPHA 9 I’m digging into a deeper surface and want to explore deeper sounds, even more cinematic and thoughtful. It’s very exciting to see where the project is shifting.

What release finished out 2018? 

20 tracks were released over both ARTY and ALPHA 9 projects this year! The final song of 2018 was an ARTY song called “Velvet,” which is part of a compilation put together by my friend NinjaFortnite’s leading streamer. I think it’s a strong ending for such a busy and exciting year for me. 

What else can you share with your listeners about this year and your thoughts about your progress this year and what’s to come? 

I think I was pretty vocal about where both projects are heading next year, and I can only thank my fans for such incredible support in 2018. I gave all of myself to music creation and I got amazing feedback! Literally, it’s really hard to ask for more, and the only thing I can say - 2019 is going be even better!

ALPHA 9 Interview: DJ/Producer talks inspiration, "Sleepwalker" + more

ALPHA 9 is Artem Stoliarov who has since released 14 singles with over 15 million streams, giving nod to long-time fans and classic trance alike.

ALPHA 9 is ARTY who was born and raised in Russia. His breakthrough track as ALPHA 9 was "The Night Is Ours" that was released the previous year, followed by more recent records like "No Going Back" with Spencer Brown and "All We Need", which all saw widespread success on labels like ARMIN VAN BUUREN's Armind, Above &Beyond's Anjunabeats and FERRY CORSTEN's Flashover Recordings. He has already made his debut at Ultra Music Festival last year and took Miami by the storm with some of the best music in classic trance. Chances are you already heard or seen him perform recently at Insomniac's flagship festival, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas earlier in May this year that drew in a crowd of over 135,000 people.

People have listened to you widely as ARTY. Describe to us the Alpha 9 sound.

Since day zero, ARTY and ALPHA 9 have a lot of things in common but at the same time I wanted to separate both brands. People will know when they attend a show it's either ARTY or ALPHA 9. It was really important for me to separate those brands as much as I possibly can. Sonically, ALPHA 9 has a more cinematic sound. ALPHA 9 enables me to play a lot of the music I used to love. It is pretty incredible because there is no song that ARTY would play from an ALPHA 9 set and vice versa. It also keeps me fresh, to be able to jump between both projects with completely different music. I won't be stuck with the same sets for the rest of the year. ALPHA 9 helps me a lot with inspiration.

What inspired you to create this project? You mentioned on social media that it was actually a project that you brought back.

Yeah, a couple years ago my fans have been asking me to do something that I used to do before because they miss this music. Not many producers did this kind of aggressive trance and carried on with it. In 2017 I realized I missed producing this kind of music as well. It was such an important moment in my career and it affected my personal life as well. It was really nice to get something different that I didn't do for a very long time. Getting back to my roots and giving my fans what they want to hear. They were so excited and so supportive. It's a pretty incredible feeling.

What is the story behind the name?

I think it was in 2009, I made a track called "Bliss" on Flashover Recordings, which is Ferry Corsten's record label. They really liked the track and they were going to send me the contract. When I looked at the contract I was like that's not right because they wanted to sign my name exclusively and I cannot really do that. So at the time I just made up a name and ALPHA 9 was born. I didn't even know where it came from. I mean it doesn't sound bad or awful. Apparently I like it still. So we signed the deal and we came to an agreement with his team that ALPHA 9 shouldn't be signed to his label anymore about a year and a half ago.

There was a lot of anticipation for ALPHA 9 at EDC this year. Many festival goers didn't exactly know what to expect let alone who it is. Now that you've performed at such a flagship venue can we expect ALPHA 9 at other big festivals in the future?

For next year for sure. Right now festival season is kind of a little bit over. I debuted the project at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL. It was really incredible because I had to make a lot of new content and put entire new set together with music I haven't played for years. I've played Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival this year. I've also played Dreamstate in Southern California last year. I'm constantly doing so many things that surrounds both projects. It's really easy to get lost in it sometimes.

Does performing under two aliases mean twice as much studio work?

Yes absolutely. Before I would spend like 8 or 9 hours in the studio and now it's almost a whole day. These are my weekdays for me. It starts at 3pm and ends up at 6 or 7am.

Talk to us about your record "Sleepwalker". What inspired you to produce this?

I was on Splice going through some samples. I found some chopped vocals that I really liked for this project. I messed around with it for 3 hours and after that I pretty much had the entire structure for the record. I wrapped up the production pretty fast. It reminded me of something old school. Like the trance we heard in the mid 90's. I found a sample and did a bunch of effects. I was like wow this sounds great I should definitely be releasing this.

Do you have any upcoming records you can share with us about?

There's a bunch of stuff that I'm currently working on. Nothing specific for the rest of the year.

We feel like there's some level of mystery when you perform as ALPHA 9. Do you feel like over time that aspect of the not knowing what to expect will eventually diminish? Do you want to keep it that way?

I don't feel like there is as much mystery now as there was before in the beginning. My core fans definitely know that this is my second project. While others don't know I have no problem with that. You know I hear a lot of "Oh ALPHA 9 was great at this festival, and I didn't know that that was ARTY." It's a really cool moment when people realize that. It won't be much a mystery because I'm not trying to hide it. I had the project since 2009 with earlier releases. The last release was in 2010 on Flashover Recordings as ARTY presents ALPHA 9. It shouldn't be a mystery, I know people already Google it.

Lately there's been a trend of bringing on celebrities, drama, etc. when it comes to performances. You are one of the rare and respected artists who have strictly stuck to taking listeners on a musical odyssey. What's your take on that?

With ARTY, a bunch of my DJ friends would come on the stage and we would play tracks together. For ALPHA 9, the whole experience is about beauty, darkness, happiness, powerful, deep and cinematic picture. It's definitely geared towards more a storytelling project than your typical DJ set. For me, it's just about the music experience.

How is the music culture in Russia compared to the rest of the world?

There's is definitely less attention to electronic dance music. There's also a lot of great producers. I'm actually surprised that Russia didn't export more talents worldwide. I think it might be due to the aftermath mentality of not wanting to be signed by the label. I feel like dance music should get a little bit more recognition. That would help a lot because I was once there as a young DJ trying to figure out ways to succeed depending on my talent and hard work.

For more ALPHA 9 follow him online at his WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramSoundCloudSpotifyiTunes.


It’s been a long thirteen years since Armin van Buuren dropped ‘Shivers’ as part of his sophomore album of the same name. Having become a much loved favorite across the globe, the song has proven seminal in the evolution of trance music throughout the years. Today, fellow electronic music star ALPHA 9 comes knocking with a breathtaking remix.

“The original version of ‘Shivers’ by Armin is one of my all-time favorite songs: it's the reason why I started to listen to trance music back in 2005” confirms ALPHA 9 aka Artem Stoliarov (Arty), adding “It's really hard to express how much this song means to me.”Grateful for being tasked with an opportunity he describes as “incredible,” this ALPHA 9 remix doesn’t disappoint; the product is a glorious new re-emergence of a trance classic that will remain a staple for time to come and guarantee at least another thirteen years worth of goosebumps.

The anticipation and importance of preserving the source material isn’t lost on the producer Stoliarov, who has also collaborated with van Buuren on the track ‘Nehalennia’ in addition to remixing ‘Embrace.’ Stoliarov said “I usually prefer not to touch my favorite songs, but with ‘Shivers’ it felt different. I really wanted to play this song in my live ALPHA 9 sets, but so it fitted my current sound and style. I had a pretty strong idea where I wanted to take this remix even before I got my hands on the original.”

“The reaction has been incredible. It warms my heart when I see how many people still remember and love this song, and I can't wait to share my remix with both my fans and the fans of the original masterpiece.”

Check out one of the most euphoric remixes in a long time below and let us know what you think!

Armin van Buuren – Shivers (Alpha 9 Remix)

Forbes: Meet Alpha 9: ARTY's trance-focused side project

World-renowned DJ and producer Artem Stoliarov is best known to many as his alias ARTY, but he recently played at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas (EDC Vegas) as his trance-focused side project, ALPHA 9. Stoliarov returns to his progressive trance roots with this new project, which Billboard highlighted on their list of “Must-Hear Side Projects and Aliases in Dance Music.” ALPHA 9 already boasts six new releases this year on Armada Music record label and shows no signs of slowing down. The Russian-born DJ and producer spoke with Forbes about why he created the trance-focused moniker, his favorite EDC Vegas memory and more. 

Lisa Kocay: Can you describe your sound in three words? 

Artem Stoliarov: Uplifting, emotional and melancholic.  

Kocay: What inspired you to create ALPHA 9? 

Stoliarov: ALPHA 9 existed back in 2010 because I was about to release my song on the record label, but there weren’t exclusive rights with the name. I really wanted to release the song on that label, so I created the name really fast in like 20 minutes. I still don’t know why it’s ALPHA 9. People always associated my music with trance because that’s where it started. Over the past couple of years from 2012, I started to shift my style a little bit more towards experimenting more and doing different things like indie, dance, pop, experimental music and all kinds of things. But the fans were constantly asking me to get back to my roots, and I was taking it not in an offensive way, but I wanted to do my thing. But at some point I was ready to open the conversation with my fans and actually listen to them and what they ask me to do. When we started this project in 2017, like really launched it, I actually realized how much I miss making this music and how many listeners I still have. It’s incredible. It’s been an incredible journey the past year and a half. 

Kocay: How do you think ALPHA 9 differs from ARTY’s sound? 

Stoliarov: Well, ALPHA 9 is really trancy. From tracks to my live sets, it’s really cinematic—it’s definitely a journey. My ARTY sets are a journey, too, but it’s in a completely different way. It’s a long road, it’s a lot of long breakdowns, it’s beautiful melodies, it’s breathtaking harmonies and it’s really deep vocals. It’s music with a lot of sense behind it, if you think about it a little bit more and dig deeper. While ARTY is still progressive house music right now, it’s not shifting towards mainstream, but it’s a little bit on the opposite side of what I’m doing with ALPHA 9. 

Kocay: Is your ALPHA 9 fanbase the same as your ARTY fan group?

Stoliarov: In some ways, yes. I think my fanbase for ARTY is like 70% ALPHA 9. I just made it up—I definitely made it up. But when I’m playing the ARTY shows, it’s definitely fans are coming for ARTY music. They still know ALPHA 9. They’re like, ‘hey, can you play this record?’ I’m sorry guys, this is ARTY’s set because I don’t want to clash the music that much. Everything new I released under ARTY in the past two years I don’t play in my ALPHA 9 sets, and vise versa. But when I play ALPHA 9, it’s the same great reaction: people know what they’re coming for, people know this music and they’re aware what kind of experience they’re going to have. There’s no miscommunication or misunderstanding—it’s what ARTY does and what ALPHA 9 does. 

Kocay: How many times have you played at EDC Vegas? 

Stoliarov: Either it’s three of four. I think the last time I played EDC Vegas it was 2015. 

Kocay: What’s your favorite EDC memory? 

Stoliarov: I think it was exactly 2015 when I was playing Circuit Grounds, and Pasquale [Rotella] came over to say, ‘hi’ while I was playing. Towards the end of the set, Porter Robinson was there, and I played my remix for Porter Robinson’s ‘Lionhearted.’ We were together on the stage, and I love this guy so much. He’s been an inspiration for me for such a long time, and he still is. It was just a really incredible moment, so I do remember that really well. 

Kocay: What can fans expect to see from your performance?

Stoliarov: It’s going to be ALPHA 9. It’s going to be a lot of new tracks that I’ve been working on for the past two weeks. I think I didn’t leave the studio for a single hour—12 to 16 hour studio sessions pretty much every day non-stop. There’s so many new things that I’m so excited to release to the fans—I can’t wait. We have new visuals and we have like not a new sound but it definitely feels like a lot of things people would not expect me to play. Some of it is really cool, old-school stuff, and I’m just waiting for the moment to play some of the things and see the faces in the crowd that know music back from 2007/2008. There’s always this little smile of appreciation, so that will be interesting. ARTY, AKA Alpha 9, is taking over in 2018 [Interview]

Right after his set at Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), we got a chance to speak with Artem Stoliarov, better known as ARTY or ALPHA 9. With a career spanning 9 years, his recent expansion into dual projects with equally impressive release schedules and touring dates is admirable. Not only does he tour the world with DJs such as Armin VanBuuren and Martin Garrix, he also hosts a weekly Sirius FM radio show, Together FM, with over 5 million listeners. Do you think you're going to push more towards your ALPHA 9 project?

No, I think since last year when we launched the entire ALPHA 9, it's going to shift toward ALPHA 9. I want to make sure that I'm sending the right message to the fans that it is really serious. It's not just the kind of one-off thing that I'm doing because we're playing festivals here and there. I’m taking it personally and the ALPHA 9 project is really intimate and important. And it's like this is another way to communicate with my fans who have been missing trance music a lot. So it's been definitely shifting towards ALPHA 9 a bit more because we did the first tour and released a bunch of the records but I think this year is balancing out. So, next year is going to be in terms of the shows, more ARTY. We want to make the ALPHA 9 shows a little bit more exclusive. Both projects are equally important to me. 

What's your favorite part about having that side project?

It's funny you call it a side project, I was calling it a side project too full time but now it doesn't feel like that because I think, as I said earlier, both projects are so equal. It's just a different type of music. With ARTY music and ARTY performances, it's still a bit more mainstream but ALPHA 9 is super cinematic. I mean personally for me when I play ALPHA 9 shows it's one hell of an experience. Playing 3-minute breakdowns and the trance old school things that I grew up with is why I started to listen to trance music in the first place.

So yeah, there's definitely a difference in terms of like delivery of the music and the way it looks together as the music itself, the shows, and live performances but these two projects are still equally important.

Okay, so we’ll call it the new project and not the side project.

Yeah, I do, I do like that. I should say the same thing.

So you've already had ten tracks come out. What's your favorite one this year?

Yeah, 10 tracks between ARTY and ALPHA 9. Damn, that's pretty insane when you’re thinking about it. This year is going to be one hell of a year that's for sure. So far, my favorite I think is still “Sunrise”, because “Sunrise” has a really strong message. The track itself is the message to my fans again, that I'm kind of stopping messing around with the styles. Throughout the last couple of years I’ve tried pretty much everything to do with ARTY from indie dance music to pop music and some more heavier music to more experimental music but now ARTY definitely does – I mean I definitely do - progressive house music. “Sunrise” was one of the tracks that I want to show to fans the music that I want to do, that's the music that I miss doing and that's music I missed playing in my shows. At some point, it takes a lot of time and it's you know it's an experience when you're playing live shows. At some point, I figured that I want to do music again that I can play in my live sets. I want to do music again that people can enjoy listening to on Spotify, it has to be on both sides for me.

So what more can we expect music-wise for releases?

There’s gonna be another at least 10 records coming out, as I said before it’s gonna be a big year. We just released “Couldn't Be Better” last Friday. I also have the remix because "Couldn't Be Better" is a definition within ARTY and ALPHA 9. It's a little bit more mainstream record. It is the most mainstream record that I have in my catalog right now that I plan to release before the end of the year. All the music that is on the schedule is done. So now, I'm working on the music that is going to come out next year pretty much. So for ALPHA 9, we have the remix for Armin coming out, I think it's going to be the end of June, one of his classics and my favorite personal track from Armin called “Shivers”. It came out in 2004 and was the first record that I listened to and that’s how I fell in love with trance. We have a new single for ARTY and I can’t tell you the name because people keep asking about it. There are another 4-5 tracks releasing for ALPHA 9. Also for ALPHA 9, there’s a lot of remixes and edits that I'm playing in my live sets that have never come out for release.

How was your secret set at EDC? 

It was really fun. As I want to know and be a better producer in the studio because I'm working in the studio every day. It's quite an experience as you’re learning and teaching yourself new things, pushing yourself and trying to make yourself a better producer. That’s the same thing I want to do with my DJ sets. At some point last year I started playing completely different sets and doing techno and house sets. I personally really love techno music and house music. I do love to play it a lot. It's just a completely new experience and new vibe. You need to figure out totally different ways and it's so much fun to play. You can imagine playing like between 60-100 shows a year, almost every week. Not exactly the same set but you have the core of the set for ARTY and ALPHA 9 and the new experience when you're playing different types music will freshen up things a lot and again, make you a better DJ. So I played house music in my set and it was pretty incredible.

What stage were you at? 

I was at the campground stage.

What's the craziest thing you put on your rider that they've fulfilled for you?

I wish I could be as fun as Dillon Francis and put some obnoxious thing on my rider. I think the craziest thing we did was the Russian vodka that you can only get in Ohio and Florida because it’s produced in Ohio. I love it but people don’t like it that much. It’s pretty expensive, it’s called Spirit of the Tsars, it's a caramel taste. It’s so easy to drink it because it’s a little bit of a sweet taste.

So if we brought out a bottle right now, would you drink it? 

I wouldn't drink it right now. I mean I'm going to have a bunch of drinks but not this early, man. I have two and a half hours before the show starts and that’s really dangerous. I mean, promoters sometimes put some funniest stuff, some gifts or birthday cake. They put my face on a huge cake.

What is the weirdest tour stop or show you've ever played

Weirdest show? Let me think about it.

I mean, I've played many, many shows and a bunch were weird. Sometimes the crowd is totally not into the music that you’re playing and sometimes the set up is really bad, sometimes everything is falling apart. But I think the weirdest was definitely when I first started DJing in my hometown, it was pretty sad and weird, but it was a really long time ago.

What's your favorite non-electronic song?

Clocks by Coldplay. 100%, I really like Coldplay. It's probably my favorite rock band or pop band, whatever you want to call it. But lately, it’s kind of half electronic but this new artist I think he's from Dublin. His name is EDEN. His music is just outstanding and incredible and I'm a huge fan of this. So you definitely should check it out.

Also, have you have always had bleached hair?

No, I think I bleached it in 2016. I was going through a lot of shit on my own. Personally, I was in a really weird spot in my life with a lot of things that I had to think through. I was not feeling myself hundred percent personally, so I said, "F*** it, I’m gonna do that," and I loved it. I posted something on Instagram, a picture when I first bleached it, and I was thinking my mom is going to be mad at me. I was actually thinking, my mom and my dad are going to be like, “Are you okay?” I was like,”Yeah I'm okay." My mom was actually super stoked about it.

Anything else you'd like to say? 

Positive vibes, keep it going! 

Alpha 9 and Spencer Brown team up for ‘No Going Back’

Uplifting trance fans have a new addition to their collection of favorite tracks with Alpha 9 and Spencer Brown‘s newest release “No Going Back.” The duo have released both an edit and extended version of the track.

A mystical backdrop is infused with pulsing melodic chords and ethereal vocals to create the ultimate trance track. “No Going Back” is a versatile song with the ability to liven one’s mood or serve as a calming backdrop. The track is out on Anjunabeats, and serves as a continuation of what feels like bi-weekly releases from Russian producer Artem Stoliarov, otherwise known as both Alpha 9 and Arty.





Alpha 9 debuts polarizing remix of Axwell & Ingrosso’s ‘Dreamer’

Alpha 9 debuted his take on Axwell & Ingrosso‘s “Dreamer” at Volta Club in Russia, and his remix of the track has garnered arguably a warmer reception than Axwell & Ingrosso’s original take.

The producer has made the vocals a secondary layer in his rendition of the song, while retaining the futuristic vibe. His remix is the perfect feel-good club track with its upbeat nature and polarizing drop.

Alpha 9 is Arty‘s trance alias, and he’s already off to a hot start of 2018 through releasing “You and I” and debuting this remix.



ARTY is ready to release a flood of new music in 2018


Russian producer Artyom Stoliarov, known to fans as ARTY, grew up eating, breathing, and living music, so it’s no surprise he’s seen massive career success in the last decade.

His traditional training began at age eight in Russia, where he went to music school, graduating at age 14. His passion transitioned from the more traditional path of classical piano to electronic, where his talent flourished. His debut release on Enhanced Music put him on the map of the electronic music scene, and his success has since seemed to snowball.

ARTY has collaborated with huge artists Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Mat Zo; he’s performed at huge festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Creamfields; he’s been listed on DJ Mag‘s top 100 DJs five times. This coming year is going to be a big one for him, and he took some time to speak with us about his journey so far.

You’re originally from Russia, would you say your background affects how you approach producing?

I wouldn’t say that growing up in Russia made any big imprints on my approach in terms of production, but being raised in Russia and studying in music school and university definitely made me more diligent and willing to work as hard as I can.

How did you get into music?

Apart of music school in Russia, it was mostly my childhood DJ friends who introduced me to house music and production software. I started to mess with making music when I was about 14 years old. By my second year of university I realized that music is my biggest passion and it’s the only thing I wanted to do in my life.

You’ve played huge festivals such as EDC Las Vegas. Do you have any favorites? Any crazy festival stories?

There are so many, it would be hard just to mention one! Every year you discover new favorite cities, countries, and venues that you’ve never played before, and they blow your mind!

One crazy story that I remember happened in Indonesia when I was playing Warehouse Project Festival a few years ago. It was pouring rain, unbearable traffic, and getting to the venue, even with police escort, took us five hours. Even when we got there, we had to take a motorcycle ride through the venue and I barely made to my show! Never seen anything like that in my life, but it was worth it – one of the most passionate crowds I’ve ever played for.

Your sound is very melodically driven. What’s your inspiration behind that?

I’ve always loved melodies the most. For me it’s the most important part in pretty much every track or song. For as long as I can remember, every record that I’ve made, production has always started with harmony or chord progression, not the actual beats.

I think in the long run, a good melody is the most memorable and timeless thing that people are going to think about when listening to the music.

Where’s home? What do you do when you’re not making music or touring?

Los Angeles has become my second home for the past few years when I moved here, at this point I barely have any time to visit my family back in Russia.

I’m a huge video game fan, however sadly, with my schedule and amount of work I have to do in studio every day I don’t have time for it anymore! Good movies and books (the other things that I really love) are left for plane trips when I’m touring.

Is there anyone you’re interested in working with?

There are a lot of new artists that I would love to work with! But first, my hope is to finish collaborations with my favorite artists like AxwellPorter Robinson, and more tracks with Mat ZO. We started collaborations but just haven’t finished yet. I’m looking forward to hopeully finishing those tracks in the near future!

Are there any up-and-comer artists you can’t stop listening to? How do you discover new music?

My main platform for discovering the new music and artists is Spotify. SoundCloud is still incredible, but this year I spent less time on it. The most stand-out new artists that I discovered for myself in 2017 were AnticLorn, and Spencer Brown.

Any advice to someone trying to break into music?

Passion, hard work, and a strong belief in what you do is by far the biggest advice I can give. It’s really important to stay true to yourself and push yourself every day as hard as you can, further and further.

What’s in store for the next year?

Since I have my two projects that I’m working on, both ARTY and ALPHA 9 [ARTY’s side project] will have a lot of new music coming out! At this point, I have about eight to ten records that are already scheduled to be released next year and I’m still working on more. It’s going to be a lot of new music in 2018! It’s going to be amazing.

Arty releases trance-packed mix under his ALPHA 9 moniker

ARTY releases trance-packed mix under his ALPHA 9 moniker

At the very tail end of 2017, ARTY pulled off a surprise by releasing an hour-long trance mix under his ALPHA 9 moniker.

It’s been nearly a year since the Russian producer revived the Alpha 9 name and began putting out tracks like “The Night Is Ours” and “Skin.” He cited creative reasons for bringing the old name back, wanting freedom to create all kinds of music.

“Closer to the end of [2016] I noticed how much my music was different from what I’ve done in the past, and I felt like I had been neglecting my long-time fans and it didn’t feel fair. And that’s how I came up with idea of bringing the Alpha 9 alias back,” he said with the release of “The Night Is Ours.” “It gives me the freedom to not be bounded to a specific genre, allowing me to experiment and keep pushing my boundaries with Arty, while I can be as close as possible to my long-time fans using Alpha 9 moniker.”

His New Year mix is an emotive collection of music, flowing seamlessly from Arty tunes to Alpha 9 material. It kicks off with a new Alpha 9 track called “You and I” and takes the listener on a journey through the essence of Alpha 9/Arty as a producer.

ARTY talks growing up in Russia-rave scene, no internet, studying math

Arty is a Russian electronic music producer. He has collaborated with Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, MatZo, One Republic and BT. In 2014 Arty became the first Russian musician to sign with Insomniac record label. Most recently Arty released on Hardwell’s label Revealed.  He has also appeared in the Top 100 Djs in DJ mag a few times.




After a year of hit releases under his ALPHA 9 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 sang along to his tracks, fans that erupted in dance whenever a beat would drop and fans that stared out into the face of the Russian producer in sheer joy.

While he is no stranger to the EDM world, Arty focused on other genres over the past few years and finally brought back his signature trance sounds when he toured as ALPHA 9 earlier this year. His return has been so successful that he's been featured on the A State of Trance 2017 year mix compilation album.

The project made its way to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino last week and I was lucky enough to chat with Arty immediately after his set.

Arty performing as ALPHA 9 at Dreamstate SoCal. Photo: Insomniac.

You just finished a killer set here at Dreamstate, how are you feeling?

Arty: I'm feeling really good. I'm really happy with the set I just played.

What made you decide to showcase your ALPHA 9 project at Dreamstate?

Arty: The reason I put out the ALPHA 9 project is to get back to my roots; I've been experimenting with different sounds– I've done Pop music, Indie music and I felt like I was about to burn out. Then I took a step back and looked at the entire picture of my career and realized how much I missed making trance music.

What kind of Trance sounds are you showcasing with ALPHA 9?

Arty: A lot of people will say it's not a Trance set because it's a little slow—it ranges between 128 and 132 bpm—but for me, the music that I'm playing for ALPHA 9 is trance music. I like to have the big breakdowns and just have people listen to it and enjoy the different transitions.

How important is an event like Dreamstate for a trance artist like yourself?

Arty: Dreamstate has grown up so fast—two years ago it was just a franchise that was trying to get trance back to where it was years ago. But they found so many fans that never left. They realized people want to hear our music.

I was introduced to your ALPHA 9 alias over the summer in San Francisco where you played at AudioSF alongside Spencer Brown. How was the tour?

Arty: That was the best show of the ALPHA 9 tour. The tour was a great way to showcase to my fans what I can do. Since then I've worked on new music and what you just heard now—my sound changed since then.

You've released a few tracks since then, are you working on anything at the moment?

Arty: Right now the year is done; whats out is out and were focusing on 2018. I'll be taking a nice break in December so I can actually focus on production and set up the next year. There's a bunch of ideas in my heads for collaborations and a bunch of ideas for singles.

You keep yourself very busy, how do you keep yourself grounded?

Arty: Love to my family and my friends; that's the only thing that keeps me grounded. Without them everything would go to shit. I'm from a small province in Russia where things were rough for a lot of years. I've learned to appreciate everything more because of the struggle.

Arty and myself after his set at Dreamstate SoCal.

Follow Arty on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with the latest from his ALPHA 9 project.

ALPHA 9 rocks the Anjunabeats Stage at Groove Cruise LA

ALPHA 9, also known to many as ARTY, absolutely rocked the Anjunabeats Stage during his set to close out the first night of Groove Cruise Los Angeles. 

With lasers blanketing the room, the #GCFAM were on top of chairs, sofas and even tables bouncing to the beat and swaying to more than just the rhythm of the waves.

ALPHA 9's rhythms were moving people in ways few expected. He commented on the energy of Groove Cruise telling AXS, "There's something totally different about playing at Groove Cruise. I got to go all in with fans on stage and off stage, and there was no going home for anyone at the end of the night. That changes things. My energy was maximized, and I got to share."

Truly sharing was caring at this Groove Cruise, and ALPHA 9 did it to the fullest extent as he shared the artistry of his Trance music with fans. Nor did he stop here. On Sunday he appeared on stage with 3lau at the Casa de los Siete Patios mansion party in Ensenada as ARTY, where he played his remix of 3lau's hit, "Is ItLove." 

From Trance to remixes, truly ALPHA 9/ARTY was all over this cruise with great vibes for the Groove Cruisers. If you haven't had a chance to catch ALPHA 9, check out his Soundcloud channel below. Once you listen you'll see why Armin van Buuren calls him "one of the biggest rising stars in trance music" today.

If you missed out on Groove Cruise Los Angeles this year, have no fear...Groove Cruise Miami is right around the corner and tickets are still available. Grab your tickets here and get ready for the dance party of a lifetime. 

ALPHA 9 Strikes Again With Latest Original, “Lily”

By Brian Bonavoglia | October 3, 2017

Trance fans have been patiently waiting for Alpha 9’s return to Flashover for quite some time, and following the release of his latest original, the Russian talent has returned home.

Returning to where his journey started back in 2009, Alpha 9’s “Lily” is a blissful progressive trance masterpiece that fans have implored for since the announcement of his triumphant comeback back in February.

Could this mean more Alpha 9 tunes coming from the Flashover imprint? Only time will tell.


Arty is Releasing 'Skin' Under his ALPHA 9 Alias on Anjunabeats


Alpha 9 – Skin (Original Mix)

ALPHA 9 is the alias used by the Russian Dj/producer Arty  and his latest single ‘Skin‘ is out now on the Anjunabeats label of Above & Beyond. Arty had made a name for himself as a solid force in the progressive trance scene. He has since expanded the Arty name into more commercial music, but is keeping the original vibes with this project.

The track begins with a skipping beat that picks up as the bpm increases and the first drop nears. The use of the synth around the 2 minute mark is phenomenal and is blended with a emotive harmony. This modern trance classic has the unique Arty sound that leaves us hypnotized with its soulful essence. We’re sure you’ll hear more of his music at ABGT250coming up. Give it a listen below.


Alpha 9 – Higher Place


Earlier this year Russian producer Arty thrilled old school fans by announcing his return to his original trance sound under the alias Alpha 9. And in March, he successfully debuted at ASOT 800 at Ultra Miami. If you were lucky enough to be there, you were treated to an amazing first set. If not, he posted a high quality recording of his set here. And now he is dropping his second track as Alpha 9 on Armind Recordings: ‘Higher Place‘.

The track opens up with an energetic drumbeat which quickly subsides into that atmospheric sound punctuated by an impeccable chord progression.  This is that progressive trance sound we’ve come to expect and love from the new Arty.

Check out the track below and grab your own copy here.

Alpha 9 – Higher Place


The resurgence of trance as a genre has been both a celebrated, a controversial topic within the dance music community over the past few years. After Insomniac pioneered the Dreamstate brand internationally, with shows across the globe, many former trance DJs began to play music that had originally brought them into the scene.

Arty, who has found a slew of success over the past few years, is also turning back to his old pure, progressive melodic trance sounds, the sounds that put him on the map years ago as Alpha 9. As he officially announced the resurgence of his alter ego, performing at the ASOT stage at Ultra.

Alpha 9 shares a new playlist, of new (IDs!) and old classics: