As we enter 2018, a critical turning point in pop culture is imminent. Music and technology have merged, to become merely two sides of the same lemniscate, and it’s hard to understand where one ends and the other begins. This is most clearly seen in the swift rise of EDM music, in which anyone with a laptop could have their moment before the bubble burst.
However, while the music industry can be somewhat unpredictable, one thing is for certain — the cry for raw, intricate, and powerful instrumentation is back and stronger than ever.
Award-winning electric violinist, EDM producer, and DJ, Alfiya Glow, is the hat trick music fans have been waiting for.
Alfiya began playing violin at the age five in her hometown of Sochi, Russia. It was clear from the start she had a natural talent for music, and a mere seven months after she first picked up the instrument, she performed a solo with the Sochi Symphony Orchestra.
She continued honing her technique throughout her youth, and was chosen as one of a select few young musicians to study at the prestigious Secondary Special Music School – College. At only age 15, she made a crucial choice that would ultimately pave the way for other momentous choices to come: she chose music over everything else.
She made the tough decision to move more than 1,200 miles alone to Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, where she knew she could continue her training amongst the best. Her fearlessness paid off, as she went on to be recognized multiple times for her talent, winning numerous international and national violin competitions and touring extensively throughout Russia and Europe as concertmistress of the Chamber Student Orchestra for the Kazan State Conservatory.
While many musicians years beyond her would have cracked under such intense pressure, Alfiya flourished, quickly maturing to a level of professionalism and independence that would lay a solid foundation for her many pursuits to come. Though she garnered an astonishing amount of achievements as a youth, she was only just beginning to shine.
At age 20, she decided once again to be bold and take a chance on herself and her music, and moved overseas to attend Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA. Her transoceanic move paid off, as she was awarded a full scholarship designated for musicians who showcase extraordinary ability. That same year, Alfiya was invited to be a distinguished member of the internationally celebrated iPalpiti Artists International Orchestra, where she had the chance to perform at world-renowned concert venues, including the Lincoln Center (New York City), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Carnegie Hall (New York City), and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), among others.
While continuing her classical music education and working towards a masters degree, Alfiya was noticed by two well-known producers in the industry: Larry Gold, the string arranger for Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey; and Kenny Lloyd, a sound engineer for Alicia Keys, Eminem, and other artists. Her collaborations with these producers on several major records for artists, including R. Kelly, Lana Del Rey, and Boyz II Men, ultimately propelled her expansion into new genres, namely pop, hip-hop, and EDM.
After graduating with her Master of Music Performance degree, she knew it was time to blossom into the artist we know now as Alfiya Glow by taking years of hard-earned talent and throwing herself into her true musical passion: electronic dance music. Combining her tried-and- tested talents as a DJ, music producer, and electric violinist, she went on to release a number of original EDM house music tracks, mashup and bootleg packs, and remixes.
Alfiya’s tracks and arrangements have been featured in leading online electronic dance music magazines EDM Boutique, EDM Lead, and Raver Rafting, which in September of 2015, named her original mix “Music Box” a “Powerful Pick of the Week”. She also runs a podcast called Haus Glow, broadcasting episodes that feature her favorite house tracks in EDM as well her own latest musical projects.
Alfiya Glow is a true success story of what can happen when dedication, drive, passion, and natural talent converge. She thoughtfully and carefully crafts songs and mixes that not only get crowds moving, but stir the heart and soul in a way only live instrument-backed production can.
Since she began her progressive EDM music journey, Alfiya Glow has opened for international headlining artists including Lisa Lashes, The Disco Fries, Michael Brun, Marcus Schossow, Sebjak, Kenneth G, Indian Summer, W&W, and Bassjackers. She’s frequently toured the club route around New York City, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Boston, and many other cities along the east coast, and also joined the national Hyperglow Tour: “America’s Largest Touring EDM Glow Experience”.
In 2017, Alfiya was selected to play the legendary Insomniac-produced music festival, Electric Forest, in Rothbury, Michigan. While she initially appeared due to winning a performance spot in a contest, the crowd migrated toward and loved her set so much that organizers immediately booked her to play another slot during the same festival weekend.
Later that year, Alfiya released her new single “Broken” as well as the music video which was featured in leading online electronic dance music magazines such as This Song Slaps, Daily Beat, Tune Collective and Mercy Agency.
She wrapped up her most successful year yet with “2 Girls, 1 Tour,” playing back-to-back with friend and producer, Tesitorra. The diverse styles of the two made for a captivating tour, through stops including Philadelphia, Syracuse, NYC, Chicago, and Buffalo.
Next up, Alfiya kicks off her 2018 adventures, first with a pitstop in Austin, Texas, where she will play the SXSW Future of Music showcase. Though she already has a curriculum vitae many top- earning musicians would aspire to, it’s clear this multi-talented artist has only just begun to shine.