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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisakocay/2018/05/23/alpha-9-arty-trance-side-project/#3be182ec7d8f

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.

EDM.com: ARTY, AKA Alpha 9, is taking over in 2018 [Interview]

https://edm.com/interviews/arty-alpha-9-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. 

EDM.com: 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’

https://dancingastronaut.com/2018/04/alpha9-spencer-brown-team-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’

https://dancingastronaut.com/2018/01/alpha-9-debuts-polarizing-remix-axwell-ingrossos-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

http://www.fouroverfour.jukely.com/artist/arty-interview/

 

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

http://culturemixmag.com/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

http://www.c-heads.com/2017/12/19/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.

 

 

[DREAMSTATE INTERVIEW] ARTY/ALPHA 9

https://www.edmsauce.com/2017/12/02/dreamstate-interview-artyalpha-9/

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

https://www.axs.com/alpha-9-rocks-the-anjunabeats-stage-at-groove-cruise-la-124165

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”

http://djtimes.com/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

From http://www.edmtunes.com/2017/07/alpha-9-skin-original-mix/

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 releases "HIGHER PLACE"

Alpha 9 – Higher Place

From: http://www.edmtunes.com/2017/05/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

ALPHA 9 CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE THE RESTORATION OF TRANCE ROOTS WITH NEW PLAYLIST

http://www.edmsauce.com/2017/05/08/alpha-9-continues-celebrate-restoration-trance-roots-new-playlist/

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: