From Russia with love comes DJ Arty, real name Artyom Stolyarov, who brings his own take on progressive house and trance to Mansion on Saturday, June 29. His lively beats have catapulted him into the upper echelon of DJs quickly, as only a few years into the biz he was dubbed the No. 25 DJ in the world by DJ Mag’s poll in 2011.
He talked to Miami.com about the show and how the Russian dance-music scene is taking off.
It's not very common to find a Russian DJ/producer, as many of the big names are Dutch, British, German or American. What's the EDM scene like in your country?
I think you’re absolutely right, man, in terms of the majority of artists. From 2013, possibly even 2012, Russia is really taking over though. We have so many great acts like Swanky Tunes, Matisse & Sadko, Hard Rock Sofa, and it’s because of these guys that we are being put on the map as a nation that creates great dance music. The scene in Russia is booming, and it’s an exciting time to be a part of.
House and trance music have been around pretty much since you were born. Did you grow up listening to those styles of music?
Absolutely - I listened to house and trance religiously when I was a kid. To now share a stage with these acts that were my idols is insane. I’m eternally grateful to the DJs that came before me and inspired me to never give up on my goals.
What inspired you to start producing your own tracks, and how old were you?
Music I grew up with inspired me. Not just trance but even classical and the music my parents listened to. I played piano as a child, and then when I realized I could apply that discipline to dance music it was like a light-bulb moment, you know? Composing different melodies and applying them to a beat became a passion. I was just a teenager when this happened.
You gained popularity very quickly, reaching No. 25 on DJ Mag's Top 100 list in only a couple years. What was the big break that kicked off your success?
Things move so fast it’s hard to pinpoint a specific moment. Gaining No. 25 was such a surprise, and it’s of course a very proud moment to be among such great artists. Let’s just hope I can keep the momentum going!
How long have you been doing the radio show, and how would you describe it for someone who has never heard it?
Since last summer, actually, and it’s going from strength to strength. It’s a showcase of all the music I’m loving at the moment, new talent, and of course a bit of my own stuff.
What can we expect from your set at Mansion?
Come down and check it out, man! It’s always a great crowd who have great energy, and I like to throw in some surprises for them.
What do you think of Miami?
As a DJ, it’s one of the best places in the world. Coming here is a pleasure, and I relish a chance to check out the city as well as play to the crowd.