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Arty @ Beta Nightclub, Denver, CO 4/19/2012

Russian producer Arty is iconic in the modern trance scene. Signed to Above & Beyond’s legendary label Anjunabeats, this 22-year-old talent has appeared alongside names like Mat Zo, Paul van Dyk, Matisse & Sadko, Ferry Corsten, and Gareth Emery in various remixes and collaborations. Arty’s expansive, euphoric style of trance sees much influence from Above & Beyond themselves, and this makes him a perfect choice to claim a monthly residency on Anjunabeats Worldwide.

Arty appeared at Beta Nightclub in Denver, Colorado last Thursday night, alongside resident DJs Sergio Santana and Trajikk. Denver is an up-and-comer in the North American dance music scene; as the headquarters of Triad Dragons, the most prolific production company in the Midwest, as well as the home of Beatport—the largest online EDM music store in the world—Denver is certainly a destination for many big names in dance music. Beta Nightclub is a celebrated venue for EDM; consistently ranking among the top nightclubs in the world in DJ Mag and at the IDMA Awards, Beta is Denver’s hotspot for famous producers and massive sounds.

The night started with a smooth minimal house set from Sergio Santana; occasionally straying into techno and deep house, this resident DJ’s set was a classy, low-key way to start the evening, eventually building to some groovy high-energy tracks near the end to segue nicely into Trajikk’s set. With a decidedly heavier edge, Trajikk ripped up the dancefloor, pulling in underground electro tracks and ending on a high note with Hardwell’s fantastic remix of Morgan Page, Sultan & Shepard and BT’s track In the Air, leading nicely into the main event.

Taking over the decks shortly after midnight, Arty emerged with an almost zen-like air of calm concentration, delivering a powerful two-hour set that blended many popular tracks from recent years. Alongside powerful Arty favorites—Trio with Matisse & Sadko, the cleverly named Mozart with Mat Zo, and Kate—the young Russian blended in some popular house and electro tunes that diversified beyond just trance.

Other popular tracks to make an appearance were Axwell’s remix of In My Mind (which is quickly becoming the next Levels); a playful sample of R.E.M.’s Losing My Religion; Daft Punk’s legendary Harder Better Faster Stronger within the framework of a heavy deadmau5-esque minimal electro beat; the latter half of Porter Robinson’s new track Language—a very welcome surprise; and a twinkly progressive remix of Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek.

The crowd began to lose energy about halfway through the set, so Arty pulled out all the stops: queuing his groovy trance track Around the World, confetti rained down on the dancefloor at the first drop, creating an uproar from fans. To pull the energy up even higher, next up was Knife Party’s angular and infamous Internet Friends, having the crowd screaming in unison: “You blocked me on Facebook—and now you’re going to die!” Also appearing in the second half was an incredible mashup between Coldplay’s Fix You and Alesso’s amazing remix of Pressure; Knife Party’s dub of Antidote; and Sebastian Ingorosso and Alesso’s Calling, with an enhanced melodic bassline added to great effect.

 

Sadly, the night ended on an odd note—Arty pulled out a single dubstep track: Seven Lions’s remix of Above & Beyond’s You Got to Go. The tempo and step transition was rather jarring. Also conspicuously missing from Arty’s set was his yet-to-be-officially-released collaboration with BT and Nadia Ali, Must Be the Love—the track is melodic and sonically huge, and it would have made a great addition to the set.

I’m not the biggest fan of Arty’s original productions—he uses fairly standard trance song structure and sounds—but after last night’s show, I’m quite impressed by his mixing skills. The young talent delivered a varied and diverse set—showcasing many of his own tracks as well as popular tunes from other traditions—and he controlled the energy of the crowd quite adequately. They say it’s not a party without Arty—and maybe there’s some truth to that! Check out some more of the photos from the show below.

 

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