It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Arty, but he’s back as Alpha 9 with a new single on Anjunabeats. Titled ‘The Purpose Is You‘, he dives into mental health awareness with this track. It’s a heartfelt tribute to his fans and those that he has lost to mental health struggles.
It opens with a lonely phone call cry for help, that some may relate to quite heavily. After the call drops, a beeping tone continues. It builds into a precious melody that Anjuna is known for. There isn’t much deviation from the melody or bassline, but it drops into a symphony of synths that run until the end. We can see this being played live, with the masses holding their hands in the air and swaying.
“It’s hard to find words that would outline the importance of this track to me. I’ve been nurturing this idea for a long time. [But] making a song based on some of your worst life experiences and memories is very tough. Yet, it’s an extremely important subject that needs much more attention and awareness. [I] want to share it with as many people as possible. Depression and anxiety are real and it’s terrifying. I went through severe depression myself a few years ago. I saw my friends going through the same struggle and sorely, some of them will never come back. But there was something that gave me a lot of hope and inspiration to make this song.
It was messages from my fans, who were sharing the stories of them fighting depression. For some of them, music was the last boundary before they would be gone forever. I wanted to make this record as a reminder to myself and to anyone in need or going through dreadful times in their lives. Even in the moments when we feel the lowest and we see no reason to go on living. [There] is always someone or something worth living for. And beyond all, there is always a purpose: the person that you see in the mirror.”
He ends the song with words of inspiration. Check out his latest single below.