With its first radio play dating back nearly 11 months, Arty’s “Grand Finale” is finally making its Beaport entrance. Officially released as “Take Me Away (Grand Finale),” the track is progressive trance at its finest. Calling on the vocal stylings of Fiora — who has lent her pipes to everyone from Armin to Moguai to Seven Lions — the Russian grandmaster balances the soaring vocals with an upbeat melody, making the track progressive enough for the house heads but decidedly uplifting for the trance fam. Though final in name it certainly is not in spirit: With productions as polished as these, there are many encores in Arty’s future.
The 49th installment of Arty’s Together We Are radioshow is here to help you kick off your Monday morning and the start of another long work week. With the recent premiere of his next hit “Grand Finale” already in his rearview, the young Russian turns his sights to a myriad of sounds for Episode 49. Opening with his friend and collaboration partner Mat Zo’s bootleg of Cosmic Gate “Crushed” with his own “Together We Are,” Arty pieces together an interesting hour of choice cuts from various corners of dance music. Paris & Simo and Merk & Kremont’s latest “Tundra” appears alongside the traditional trance stylings of Aly & Fila on “Mysteries Unfold” before Arty closes out his hour with Calibre’s drum and bass backed remix of Breach’s “Jack.”
After starting off 2013 with a scandal, Arty returns to the studio for his first original production since “Together We Are.” Showing off the talents that made himself and Mat Zo the target of Will.i.am’s creative thievery, Arty’s latest “Grand Finale” re-establishes the spotlight on the Russian producer’s impeccable talents in the studio. On “Grand Finale” Arty finds himself once again merging well-defined and lush progressions with lofty choral elements, an attitude that is driven forward by his trance roots but not without EDM’s big room influences. Fiora’s siren-like vocals breathe amidst chirpy trance arpeggios that Arty masterfully balances with dashes of big room panache reaffirming his position at the top of today’s production talents.
This year has been all but conventional for Arty. The Russian dance whiz found himself in headlines after Will.I.Am hijacked his Mat Zo collaboration, “Rebound,” and his latest music video shoot came from the cell phones of fans at Marquee Las Vegas using the brand new app, Vyclone. A wildly controversial and innovative start to 2013 aside, Arty continues his hot streak by getting back to what he does best, unveiling his forthcoming solo production, his first since “Together We Are.” Dubbed “Grand Finale,” his latest studio effort features the sound and aura that captured the hearts of fans with his early work, and the vocal contribution from Fiora pays the tune its justice of enchantment.
Editor’s Note: Details regarding a full-length premiere (and hopefully a release date) will be coming soon…
There are two things likely to stir a conversation about Stratford-Upon-Avon, but at this time of year, you can be certain it isn’t Shakespeare. Now eleven years into their annual midland overhaul, Global Gathering returns to Long Marston Airfield July 26th and 27th to unleash another cutting edge line-up from across the dance music spectrum. With day one favoring the likes of British assets Plan B, Disclosure and Rudimental on the main stage, the additions of Ferry Corsten, Nicky Romero, Seth Troxler and James Zabiela open the floodgates to a line-up that collects mainstream favorites and underground legends alike to the unsuspecting airfield.
Led by Example, Afrojack and Steve Aoki on the Saturday, European young-guns Hardwell, Madeon, Arty and Porter Robinson share the day with specially tailored stages from Carl Cox, Toolroom Records, and Jamie Jones’s Paradise concept alike. Boasting enough assorted flavors to whet any self-respecting dance fans appetite for 48-hours, Global looks to bring an Ibiza-worthy line-up that lacks only the guaranteed sunshine. For tickets and the full line-up of artists visit Global Gathering’s official website.
Dance music events (although ironic) have become a premier venue for capturing and sharing moments using mobile devices. Vyclone, a tech start up that allows both artists and fans of an event to simultaneously film and share video, is emerging as a solution to uniting DJs with concert-goers through their cellular fixations. Friday, at Marquee Las Vegas, Arty became the first electronic artist to implement this technology, filming his POV while members of his crowd filmed theirs. Capturing all angles of Arty’s pool party, Vyclone was the core of an event that turned social media sharing into a music video shoot.
Read how Vyclone plans to capture the dance music market and watch Arty’s Vyclone music video from Marquee Las Vegas below the break. (more…)
After remaining relatively quiet regarding Will.i.am’s blatant plagiarism of Arty and Mat Zo’s “Rebound,” Anjunabeats has just released an official statement on the matter. While it is true that Will.i.am. credited Arty in the sleeve notes (but not Mat Zo), Anjunabeats attests that he did not receive permission to use the track. As of writing, there has been no official paperwork filed by either party for the use of the track, further implicating Will.i.am in this ongoing case of copyright infringement. It seems you actually can’t take someone’s work without them knowing and then thank them for it later. Who knew? See Anjunabeats statement after the break. (more…)
In an interview with Associated Press, Will.i.am speaks out about the accusations that have been thrown his way regarding the use of “Rebound” in his latest track “Let’s Go,” claiming “you can’t steal if you credited somebody.” Heavily on the defensive, Will.i.am defers blame to both his legal team and Arty himself.
“What do I know, I give it to legal. I’m not an attorney, I did my piece. I gave credit to the person who did it. It’s not my fault he didn’t tell me about the other guy. So who’s to blame? I don’t know I wasn’t in the room when you made it. You should have told me you had a collaborator.”
Will continues to defend himself by claiming that this issue is something that commonly happens in music due to red tape and bureaucracy. “That happens a bunch of times. Where legal takes so long but creative is instantaneous.”
Will.i.am’s fourth studio album, #willpower, indicates strong electro-pop influences with lead singles including the Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello produced “This Is Love” and the Basto written “Scream & Shout.” Other than these collaborators, Will.I.Am had no other EDM producers come to his aid — at least to their knowledge. Today, Will’s VEVO uploaded the fifth track from the album, “Let’s Go” alongside Chris Brown, and the preview has the dance music community up in arms. ”Let’s Go” appears to be a blatant ripoff of Arty and Mat Zo‘s Anjunabeats release, “Rebound,” and not just a sample, the entire track. Listen for yourself after the break.
After shutting down the A State of Trance stage at Ultra this past weekend, Ferry Corsten is celebrating the 100th release on his Flashover Recordings label with an extra special offering. After releasing “Rock Your Body Rock” almost a decade ago, Ferry revisits his classic for a 2013 rendition and hands it right off to Arty, Dimitri Vegas, and Like Mike for remix duties. Arty resurrects his “Rock-N-Rolla” brand from his ever famous “Punk” remix,” and carries over the same shrilling energy. Dimitri and Mike leap forward with their “Mainstage Remix,” crafting a sound for the masses per usual.