“No Arty No Party!” is the hashtag dominating the social networks (amounting to well over 200,000 people) of dance music’s latest global phenomenon. And judging by how long it takes to finally track down Arty on his American bus tour, he’s busy bringing that party to as many fans as possible.
Over the past couple of years Artyom Stolyarov has carried the standard for a surge of Russian talent (no mean feat considering he is still only 23). Born in Engels on the banks of the River Volga, his breakthrough came when he caught the attention of trance trio Above & Beyond back in 2010, although he cites signing to Will Hollands’ Enhanced label as his first big break: “It pushed me a lot, gave me such a strong incentive,” he says.
His productions have since reached far wider than trance, breaking down genre barriers wih signings to Axtone and Interscope and his latest single ‘When I See You Back’ getting plays from Pete Tong on Radio 1. He also recently spent time in the studio with Axwell, “Watching him and working with him just for three days I learned more about music making than in the whole last year,” he recalls.
Behind the decks his sets are as dynamic and electrifying as the full-on laser show behind his small pogoing figure. Reflecting on a hectic year, he mentions a few highlights like Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas, IDentity festival across North America, and some amazing club nights in Asia. A man in demand for collaborations, he has picked his studio cohorts wisely, starting the year alongside Mat Zo on ‘Mozart’, as well as two tracks with Paul van Dyk on the German’s new album, and another with BT and Nadia Ali.
Focused on building a brand, his popular slot on leading radio station Sirius XM, ‘Together We Are’, is now rolling out into club nights, having successfully launched at Ministry of Sound last month. “I’m going to get back to London in January and put on our first TWA party in Glasgow, too. We also have big plans for Miami WMC,” he reveals.
Rounding off a monumental 12 months by winning Best Breakthrough Artist at the Ibiza DJ Awards, where does he go next in 2013? “I’m thinking about a mini-album with four to six tracks. I still don’t feel ready for a full album, but this EP will test the field... in theory”. The party looks set to continue.
ARTY'S HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012
Grabbed Axwell’s attention and got signed to Axtone
Arty & Mat Zo ‘Mozart’
His biggest release on Anjunabeats and introduced him to the house crowd
Arty ‘Must Be The Love’
Huge smash on AVB’s label saw Arty teaming with the BT and songstress Nadia Ali