DJ Arty on Balancing a Booming Career and College
Published: Friday, August 17, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 17, 2012 15:08
Many people are surprised to learn that, with his great talent and an inspiring work ethic, Russian DJ sensation Artem Stolyarov, better known as Arty, is only 22. But from what we gather, Stolyarov is wise beyond his years.
His formative years were spent in music school where he practiced the piano. At 16, Stolyarov was drawn to music production and began to create his own tracks. Three years later, the young DJ was suddenly making enormous waves in the EDM scene with “Gentle Touch,” “Get On” and “Flip Flop.”
Almost in no time, Stolyarov was collaborating with some of the top names in the industry, Paul Van Dyk and Mat Zo among them, and playing gigs and festivals around the world. He also recently launched the Sirius FM show “Together We Are.”
College Times caught up with Stolyarov while he took a rare break from the Identity Festival tour.
College Times: Have you always want to make a career out of DJing?
Artem Stolyarov:Not DJing specifically, but I always wanted to make music. I’m a musician and music brought me into a DJ career. It was all about making music, not being a DJ, but when your music [as a DJ] gets more and more popular with people in different parts of the world, you kind of have no choice but to go to clubs and play for these people.
And at the time your career took off you were still going to school? Did you finish?
Yeah, I graduated last year. It was really hard for me though because I was taking a lot of tough courses, but I just decided that I needed to finish. I had spent five years in school and it made no sense just to pass on an education because my DJ career had taken off. You never know what can happen in the next few years and I needed to feel secure about my future so that’s the reason I decided to graduate.
So you juggled school and your DJ career at the same time. Was that difficult?
Yeah. What’s crazy is that one day you’re playing in Holland, the next day you’re playing in Asia then you have to get back home really quick because the next day after your show you have to study for a really big [exam]. It was so crazy, but I’m really happy that I found time for both things. At that time, both things, the DJ career and university, were super important to me and neither of them took priority over the other.
You’ve been so busy. Had you had time to step back and soak it all in?
So far I’m happy with my career, but you always want to be bigger. Everyone wants more than they have. You reach a goal and you make a new goal and you keep moving forward. It’s probably the most important thing for human beings, to move forward. When you’re stuck you are destroying yourself, in my opinion.
So you’ve been touring with ID Fest for the last few weeks. What’s it like to be traveling with fellow DJs?
It’s really good. There is a strong [bond] built because you are with all your friends on the road and you play with your friends on the same stages and you share ideas and you listen to their sets and you see the cool things from their sets and it’s a good experience and a good time.
What have been some of your favorite sets to watch?
So far, Eric Prydz is a favorite for me – just very professional and he’s a good DJ. He makes crazy things with his own music. This guy can make people happy even if they don’t know all of his tracks, and to do that you need to have a lot of talent. So far he’s done a great job.
You’ve been so busy this year. Have you taken any time for yourself?
No, but that’s my next goal – to take some time for my friends and family and my girlfriend. A lot of people think that the DJ career is an easy career because you get a lot of money. You get a lot of fame but people don’t see that there is a lot of work behind it. You’re traveling a lot so you kill your body, you kill your health. You play a show one night, fly out the next morning from West Coast to East Coast and you lose a lot of time; you get to your hotel, unpack your stuff and then you play another show. You also have to find time to produce music. It’s one of the hardest jobs, so, yeah, I want to find some time for myself.
Identity Festival feat. Eric Prydz, Excision, Paul van Dyk, Bingo Players, Adrian Lux, Arty, Audrey Napoleon and many more, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, Sunday, August 19, $40