EXCLUSIVE: Arty On His New Album ‘Glorious’ And His Plans To Return To Australia
Arty has been a constant in the EDM circuit since 2009, playing at festivals like Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Future Music Festival and Creamfields.
After working on his first studio album “Glorious” for two years it was finally released on October 9, and it’s pretty amazing.
The 14 tracks work perfectly together, taking listeners on a journey of sorts – something that the 26-year-old Russian producer and DJ worked very hard to create.
We talked to Arty at the “Glorious” launch party at Webster Hall in New York about the album and when he’s coming back to Australia.
the album is done, how do you feel?
It's so unbelievable; something I've been working on for such a long time finally has real shape. It makes me happy, and I can finally move forward with other things, explore myself as an artist.
it’s taken a while to get to this point…
It's been an amazing journey actually because I did so many exciting things, met so many amazing writers and singers, they all inspire me in such a cool and great way. All these people that I met are one of the reasons why the album sounds like it does right now.
what else do you want to work on?
A bunch of other things, I can't really tell what I'm going to work on… I'm really excited to get ideas for the second album because now I can kind of see how this works and it's going to be way easier to set up something better.
are there any tracks that didn't make it onto the album?
I did way more than 14 tracks actually, 35 songs or something. I’ve just been going through all these songs and I was trying to figure out if it's something that would work.
They didn't make it because they didn't fit the whole style and the second reason was that they would not be good enough, the third reason is that I wanted to keep something for myself as well because there is some amazing songs but I think it's not the appropriate time for them to pop up on my album right now. So I'll keep them for future and see where it goes from there.
what has the last month or so looked like for you?
I've been trying to finish the album. I was thinking it was going to be 10 songs and my record label reached out to me to say ‘you have to tell us the exact number of songs you're going to have on the album’ and I was like 'well, it's going to be 10... well, wait maybe it's going to be 12.'
The day before the deadline I was like 'Ok, f**k that it's going to be 14.' I was conscious when I was giving the answer but I gave the answer I was like 'what the hell is wrong with me? I don't have enough time to do that' because I have 10 songs ready and I had to finish four songs.
But I had such amazing ideas and I couldn't let these ideas go away or not put them on the album because it perfectly fit with the whole idea and theme of the album and giving the people something a little bit different. So I had to finish the last four songs in a month.
what was that like?
It was in the stage where I would have idea shaped and I would have loved them but to give people something that have amazing introduction and it's mixed, mastered, it sounds in line with the album, it actually takes time.
I've been working so much, so I haven't really had time for sleep or eating or anything else. Considering the fact that we're touring as well pretty much every weekend I would go to the tour, get back on Monday and jump straight in the studio, try to finish it. On Friday I was like, Ok I'm done with this song, but I have to get a flight to Miami for my show, so there isn't much time. No sleep, no rest, no time for games.
have you got any music videos coming out soon?
We're just trying to pick the right songs and the right directors. And to keep the vibe of the album in the videos is not going to be that easy. We want to be really authentic with the videos and reach out to Russian directors and keep the Russian vibe in the videos as well with the crossover of the two cultures and see how it goes from there.
you played a lot of music festivals over the summer, what was your favourite?
EDC Vegas was incredible. It was amazing, there were so many good people, a big crowd, amazing sound, stage set-up - it was beautiful. The whole thing around that just keeps you so pumped and I wish I could play there more than one hour, that's for sure.
will you be coming back to Australia anytime soon?
Maybe next year. I love Australia; I've been there 3 times. I did Stereosonic, which was incredible and Future Music Festival in 2014, so I missed 2015 and we'll see what happens next year. Maybe I will get back to Stereosonic next year.
- Saira Meuller
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