ARTY Alpha 9

In honor of #TranceGiving, aka Dreamstate SoCal 2017, we want attendees to have the opportunity to get to know the talent who will be our “Trancegiving Tour Guides”. Each week, we will feature bios of DJs who will take the stage at Dreamstate SoCal this year, as well as some beats to help familiarize you with their work. Next in our series is… ALPHA 9!

Don’t forget to check out the other artist bios in our series to get familiar with the rest of the new artists on the lineup!


After a hiatus for some time, ALPHA 9 has returned to bring some quality trance vibes for the world to hear.

Okay, okay, so while Arty definitely didn’t stop producing music during the seven years that the ALPHA 9 project was sidelined, we couldn’t be happier to see it return to the airwaves earlier this year. Taking things back to the past, Arty had released two tracks, “Bliss” and “Come Home”, under the alias and were released on Ferry Corsten’s label Flashover Recordings.

While the name laid dormant, Arty’s career grew in size significantly after signing with Above & Beyond’s label Anjunabeats in 2009. He continued to wow fans all over the world with his music throughout that time, leaving many to wonder if ALPHA 9 would ever return to bring some uplifting trance to the world in the future.

Trance fans around the world were pleasantly surprised earlier this year with the release of a new tune from ALPHA 9! Dubbed “The Night Is Ours”, the track was released in February on Armind, just in time for A State Of Trance Episode 800. Since then Arty has gone on to release tracks “Higher Place” on Armind, “Skin” on Anjunabeats, and most recently returned to Flashover Recordings with tune “Lily”.

Stream ALPHA 9 – Skin on SoundCloud:

Soon after was the release of “The Night Is Ours” was the announcement that he would be taking the stage as ALPHA 9 at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The set was met with lots of love from the trance community and allowed Arty to show the world that the alias was back and here to stay.

If you’re looking for some quality trance vibes at Dreamstate SoCal this year, I definitely recommend catching ALPHA 9. Seeing as the alias has recently made a triumphant return, it is unlikely that you’ve had a chance to catch a set of his yet so

Get a taste for ALPHA 9’s set at Dreamstate SoCal with his set from Ultra Music Festival 2017!

Read Arty’s thoughts on his return to the ALPHA 9 alias and his journey through music below:

Hey everyone, Arty here and I wanna share some thoughts with you that I’ve been living with for a while now.

First, thanks to all of you for being with me in this amazing musical journey, I just realized it’s already been 9 years since I’m doing what I love the most and your support is the one of the few things that keeps me motivated and inspired, I appreciate it so much and I always will!

But I also appreciate the desire to explore myself in different musical styles, trying something new and pushing this idea forward all the time. Since the beginning of my career I’ve always been saying that I don’t wanna stuck in one certain genre, and the reason is not because I don’t like it anymore. The real reason that is for me as an artist, listening, getting inspired and making as much diverse music as possible is one of the things that helps my creativity and keeps me from being stagnated as a musician…which is the worst.

That’s why at some point the music I was making has started to go further and further away from its original roots.

Some of you accepted it, some if you didn’t. Yet all of the records I made always came from my soul, whether it’s trance, dance or pop. Over these years I’ve been always listening to your feedback. You might think that for an artist it’s extremely easy to start ignoring his fans, their demands and just do what his heart or mind says.

Well, it’s not. And that’s where idea of discovering new sound clashes with listener’s voice and all of this happens in my head. “IN MY HEAD”, so don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about it. Your feedback and support was always with me throughout this journey, but when some of my records didn’t match your expectation, unconsciously I started to build this pressure on my shoulders and I started to compromise my music in an effort to make both me and my fans satisfied.

2016 was amazing year for me. It was a year of re-discovering myself as an artist and as a person as well, considering it took me a minute to get out of my album’s routine and its aftermath, which was close to a nightmare. But the freedom afterwards felt like nothing else. I didn’t feel myself so inspired and productive in a long time, and it was probably the first time I opened my eyes so wide. Closer to the end of last year I noticed how much my music was different from what I’ve done in the past, and I felt like I had been neglecting my long-time fans and it didn’t feel fair. And that’s how I came up with idea of bringing the ALPHA 9 alias back. It gives me the freedom to not be bounded to a specific genre, allowing me to experiment and keep pushing my boundaries with Arty, while I can be as close as possible to my long-time fans using ALPHA 9 moniker.

I remember myself as a 17 year old kid, running back home from university classes every day, absolutely blinded by just the idea of making music. No pressure from managers, labels or promoters, just pure passion. For the first time in a long time I feel like that kid again and I don’t feel this pressure anymore.

Also I wanna make it really clear, although ALPHA 9 is still me, it’s a totally separate project from Arty, focused on totally different music. I’m taking Arty music further towards the dance scene, while ALPHA 9 will be a progressive/trance oriented project, this applies to branding, releases and live sets.


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Grant has been listening to electronic dance music since the early 2000s. Actively involved in the EDM community, Grant is an admin for the EDC & Coachella subreddits and their Facebook groups. Previously he has been part of several EDM startups and promotion companies such as Shamele55, Electric State of Mind and Q-Dance. Originally listening to trance artists such as ATB, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold, Grant has expanded his listening experience to include a full set of genres ranging from hardstyle to deep house and has been regularly attending both festivals and club events since 2010.

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