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As we enter a new decade, 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 Glow’s Background
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 concert mistress 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.
Alfiya Glow’s Education
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 female 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.
Industry-Leading Female DJ & Producer
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”. Earlier this year Alfiya signed a management deal with Arrow Music Agency.
In spring 2017, Alfiya released a remix pack “Butterfly” – a collaboration with featured artist Kenny Lloyd where she transformed three favorite alternative rock songs into deep house jams. Remixes include “In The End” by Linkin Park, “Last Resort” by Papa Roach, and “Butterfly” by Crazy Town.
Festival & EDM Show Experience
In June 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. Followed by “2 Girls, 1 Tour,” playing back-to-back with friend and producer, Tesitorra. The diverse styles of the two made for a captivating tour, stops including Philadelphia, Syracuse, NYC, Chicago, and Buffalo.
In 2018 Alfiya was booked to play the SXSW Future of Music Showcase, in Austin, Texas. In 2019 was again invited to Electric Forest for a Silent Disco takeover. Aside from playing festivals Alfiya is in great demand for high-end events and is constantly being flown to perform as a DJ and electric violinist all over the United States. Some of the clients and luxury brands she has worked with include Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, Dell Computers, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, ABC Network, Nuance Communications, Mercedes-Benz. Most recently she was flown to Silicon Valley, CA to turn up for Google itself!
Alfiya is a resident entertainer of DAYBREAKER (an early morning dance movement in 25 cities around the world and growing), which has recently partnered with Oprah Winfrey for her 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour. With headliners such as Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez. As well as being one of the featured artists of Symphony 21 – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide youth with the inspiration, opportunity, tools and resources to pursue careers in the arts, She has also recently collaborated with Sarah De Warren a British singer/songwriter on her acoustic version of the popular single “No Good.”
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.
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