ARTY has been taking over the dance-pop scene lately with his new song “Save Me Tonight.” The house music star has also returned to one of his most beloved music projects, ALPHA 9. During this Miami Music Week, we had the honor of speaking to the artist himself and spoke much about his latest single, ALPHA 9, new music plans and much more.

EDM Sauce
“First I wanted to thank you for doing this interview. To start things off, you recently released your single, Save Me Tonight. What inspired you to create that track?

ARTY
“Well, the track is a combination of old school house music from back in the '90s to the early 2000s, which is the music I grew up with, and a little bit of progressive house that was very popular back in 2009-2010. Axwell, Ingrosso, and Avicii were dominating the scene at the time and they actually created something extremely new and inspirational for people. That is the main inspiration for the track.”

EDM Sauce
“You recently released the music video for the track and actors, Noah Centineo and Lily Collins, were actually featured in it. What was it like for them to be a part of that music video?”

ARTY
“Noah actually directed it. We actually wrote the script together because Noah is a very close friend of mine and he wanted to direct the video. We had an incredible time together with all of our close friends being part of the video. It was a very fun time. I'm super thankful to Noah, Lily, and the rest of the team for being part of that. The video has a pretty strong social message and we look at the responses [to the video] and people can actually see that. I think it's important to spread the message.”

EDM Sauce
“You don't only make songs for ARTY, you also make songs as ALPHA 9. How are you able to balance creating songs for the two?”

ARTY
“I think it's just a matter of time. When I'm in the mood to make songs for ARTY, I make songs for ARTY. It's very easy to switch off to ALPHA 9. It all depends on inspiration as well. It's important to progress and not get stuck with any of them because then it becomes very easy to switch between the two. You just get inspired all the time. You know, with ARTY, I'm doing pretty different music. It goes from Progressive house to house and it can get a little more commercial. It's more suitable for clubs and dance floors. The same thing with ALPHA 9; you can go very trance or you could go way deeper. There is so much space to be in and you can fill all the gaps that you've never filled before. It was probably one of the best decisions in my career to bring ALPHA 9 back to life. I was on a seven to eight year break with that.”

EDM Sauce
“What led you to start it again [ALPHA 9]?”

ARTY
“Well, I have this thing with my fans where, back in 2011, I kind of stopped doing trance music and started to explore more genres. I had fans that were actually missing me making trance music and they were pretty vocal about that. It basically became a conversation with my fan base where, if they wanted to have it, I would give it to them. Frankly, it's something that I missed making a lot, just that kind of music. ALPHA 9 is a very personal project. I didn't make it only for myself, I also made it for my fans. It has nothing to do with touring, it has nothing to do with any sort of profits. It's just an amazing thing to do. I'm coming back to my roots and I'm enjoying the time I spend in the studio and playing live shows.”

EDM Sauce
“Is there any new music that you are going to be releasing any time soon, as ARTY or ALPHA 9?”

ARTY
“Yeah, I have a new record coming out in April. There is already a new record coming out in May as ALPHA 9. I have a bunch of new plans for the summer. I have a lot of music that is done or is close to being done, but not done yet. I just need to spend a little time producing them.”

EDM Sauce
“Can you tell us something that not many people already know about you?”

ARTY
“Hmm, I don't know. I'm pretty vocal about myself. Well, I love playing video games. I'm absolutely obsessed. It has been a huge part of my life and I believe it's one of the reasons why I started to produce music. It's just become very natural to play video games. It's like learning a new language when you listen to music in video games and become inspired by that. Eventually, I became friends with all of my idols from video games. Rob Pardo, who is the lead designer of World of Warcraft. Marcus, one of my closest friends who created Minecraft. We've really become close friends. It's actually pretty mind-blowing that I can talk about them as my friends because, back when I was like 15 or 16, these were people that I was inspired by. It's actually the reason why I actually went to university and got my master's in mathematics because I wanted to become a game creator.”

You can listen to “Save Me Tonight” below.