Russian born DJ/Producer ALPHA 9 (Artem Stoliarov) announced his debut album live on stage at Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 500 in Los Angeles On October 15th – in front of over 20,000 people. To call ALPHA 9’s first full-length project ‘long-awaited’ doesn’t quite cut it. ALPHA 9 has built a global fan base over the years thanks to his emotive, compelling productions, released mostly on Armada Music and Anjunabeats. ALPHA 9’s tours brought him behind the decks of Steel Yard, Dreamstate, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Ushuaïa, Amnesia Ibiza, and Creamfields and won him millions of fans worldwide. The artist explores new sonic territory with ‘New Horizons’ while remaining loyal to his trance roots.
The first single off the forthcoming album came out on October 7th. ‘Calling’ is a collaboration between ALPHA 9 and Brazilian DJ and producer Scorz, featuring vocals from multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter Tom Bailey. The track sits somewhere between melancholic and uplifting, exploring the intersection between progressive trance and pop electronica. Bailey’s clean vocals paired with ALPHA 9 and Scorz’s deft songwriting skills creates a production that has already proven to enthral crowds at peak time on a packed out dance floor.
Scorz is a long-time friend of Armada music. With over 380k monthly listeners on Spotify, his melodic, upbeat tracks push musical boundaries and transcend genres. Armin van Buuren’s a fan – he made Scorz’s debut track ‘Come To Life’ his Track of the Year in 2020 – and Tiësto, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Vintage Culture, Robin Schulz, and many more artists have supported Scorz’s productions during their sets. This is the Brazilian artist’s first time collaborating with ALPHA 9, however with ‘Calling’ it’s clear the pair’s synergy is palpable.
Musically speaking, there’s not much Tom Bailey can’t do. He’s a multi-instrumentalist producer, writer and performer, and a graduate of the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Some might recognise him from his You Tube channel – he’s the founder and creator of Tom Bailey Backing Tracks which offers backing tracks to aspiring writers, singers and jammers. Bailey’s credited on dozens of songs across multiple genres, totalling over 80 million Spotify streams and seemingly the same amount of fans.
The collaborative element of ‘Calling’ is representative of ‘New Horizons’ itself. All three artists have different musical backgrounds, which brings fresh energy and perspective to the writing process; a theme that chimes throughout the album.
“This is a new chapter. I’m very confident in the direction I’m taking this project. This new album is a journey through the beginning of ALPHA 9’s artistry to now.”— ALPHA 9
‘Calling’ with Scorz feat. Tom Bailey is out now on Anjunabeats.
‘New Horizons’ is out on Anjunabeats on January 13, 2023