Arty reveals second album secrets!
A couple of weeks ago, I had an unbelievable opportunity to meet up with the one and only Arty. He was coming through Foundation Nightclub in Seattle, and I thought of no better time or place to catch up with him, as he was fresh off the craziness that is EDC Las Vegas. After witnessing him completely destroy Foundation with a 2 hour set, I got to sit down with Arty and talk about his musical background, experience at EDC Las Vegas, and his upcoming album featuring his single with Angel Taylor, ‘Up All Night’. Catch up with Insomniac Records first signed artist, Arty, in this exclusive edition of Behind The Beat.
OTB: Just for a little basic background, how did you first get started with music production? Had you been classically trained on piano or anything like that prior to electronic music production?
ARTY: “Yeah! Actually I was originally classically trained in piano and was in music school for 7 years, so all of that is what really helped shape the basic foundation for my music.”
OTB: So when was the turning point for you when you realized that you wanted to take the classically trained skills you’ve learned, and transform them into electronic music production?
ARTY: “It was right after I finished my musical school, because I was just getting so tired of playing classical songs on the piano, that I wanted to switch to something else. Actually a friend of mine, still one of my best friends today, he showed me a lot of cool electronic music, which was about 2005 I think. Yeah, about 2004-2005 he was really showing me a lot of cool new house music, like tribal house and deep house and other stuff like that. That’s when I started to listen, and get interested in that kind of music.”
OTB: So would you say that those two genres had the greatest influence or effect on you?
ARTY: “Yeah, well I would say more tribal house than anything. Because at that time, that’s what I was really into; more of the underground, tribal house and minimal house type stuff.”
OTB: When it comes to your production, what would you say you have a better time producing; is it the big club and festival bangers that get the crowd up and dancing, or is it the more melodic, complex progressive house and trance?
ARTY: “Well I don’t really have a favorite, because they all have to start with a melody. And once I think of the melody, I can build around that, and decide which direction I want to take it. I won’t do the drums or kicks or anything until I’m done with the melodies. It’s all about the melodies of the song.”
OTB: Tonight is a good example of a smaller, more intimate club setting (Foundation Nightclub, Seattle), where you’re really close and interacting with the crowd. Do you prefer that type of setting, or a bigger setting such as a festival in front of thousands?
ARTY: “Both. It’s kind of hard to decide if I like one thing more than the other, especially when it comes to stuff like this. I really like to play in smaller clubs, because like you said, it’s more packed and intimate so you are really kind of in there with the audience. The energy of the crowd is way different, you can almost feel it. And it’s nice, because when you’re up there you are really controlling the crowd and their experience for the next hour or whatever. And a lot of the time, it depends on the DJ and how they will respond to the crowd and everything. As for the festivals, it’s something completely different. The crowds….I mean they’re just so big, and there are so many people (laughing). And it all is different, because it ranges from 5,000 to 10,000 to 30,000 to 45,000, it’s just a completely different vibe.”
OTB: With all these different experiences you’ve had with shows at smaller clubs to the biggest festivals in the world, are there still any other venues or festivals that you’d really like to play?
ARTY: “Yeah, of course the first one that sticks out in my mind is Red Rocks over in Denver. That’s one of the big places I’d really want to go back to. Also, I would really love to play at Paradiso next year (him hint, USC Events), because I’ve heard a lot of really good things about it, and seeing the photos from this year looked amazing. And obviously EDC next year is going to be a big highlight of my year. EDC this year was just insane and crazy in a good way, so I can’t wait to see what happens next year.”
OTB: The latest single off of your upcoming album is ‘Up All Night’ featuring the vocals of Angel Taylor. What was it like working with an artist like her? How did you two come together for this collaboration?
ARTY: “Oh yeah, she has an amazing voice, and was a lot of fun to work with. I actually wrote this song with Angel Taylor and Toby Gad. Toby Gad is a really famous songwriter, and has helped with a lot of major pop stars like Beyonce and them, but when we got to the studio, I was talking to the guys, and really wanted to go in a different direction with this. Wanted it to be more of a soulful style, and get the lyrics and music to touch the strings of your soul and really feel it.”
OTB: In addition to Angel Taylor, another amazing vocalist that I saw you working with on your Instagram a little while back was Talyr Renee. Can you give any hints or insight into a project that you guys are working on? Is it something we can expect on your album?
ARTY: “I was working with her for a little bit on a song, yeah. Unfortunately, it’s still in the demo phases so I haven’t been able to test it out yet in any of my live sets to see how the audience reacts. As for releasing it, I don’t think it will be on this album, probably the next one though. I’m still deciding which tracks will go on the first album, and which tracks will go on the second album, because after my first album comes out I will just go straight back to work on the second one (laughing).”
OTB: Obviously, you have worked with your fair share of amazing artists and vocalists in your career so far. Are there any artists out there that you would still really like to start a project with?
ARTY: “Oh for sure Christ Martin (of Coldplay). Without a doubt. He is one guy who I’ve always loved, and who wouldn’t want to be able to work with an artist like that?” (laughing).
OTB: With all of the shows that you’ve been able to play at in your career so far, is there one that really stands out in your mind as the craziest or best show you’ve experienced?
ARTY: “Absolutely EDC Las Vegas (without hesitation). That was by far the craziest show that sticks out in my mind. There was nothing else that I’ve done that even comes close to describing the experience it was….just incredible.”
OTB: Okay, and our last question for the night, if you could marry any celebrity in the world, who would it be?
ARTY: “I would have to answer my girlfriend, Kate. She is just amazing and has been so supportive.”
OTB: Is your song ‘Kate’ named after her by chance?
ARTY: “Yeah it is (laughing)! She’s so great, and I wanted to show her the impact that she’s had on me, so I made that song for her.”
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