Arti was born in Catskill, New York. Always wanting to play the drums he played on oat meal boxes, his mother’s pans and the arms of chairs because they had a soft sound to them. When he was 11 years old, he finally got to take drum lessons in school under the direction of Harold Fredericks. Arti’s mother played snare drum in an all-girl drum and bugle corps before Arti was born. Arti got his very first opportunity to play in a band with Hank Yost and Jamie Dinklelocker. Hank and Jamie lit the fuse in Arti that continued to burn with a band called “The Spirits of Sound”. This band became very popular at Coxsackie-Athens Central High School. The band was formed with Arti, Steve Riley, Doug Wager, Marc Turnello and Ronnie Ray.
While studying at The University of Albany in New York, Arti was playing with piano player John Esposito in a band called “Skytrain”. Arti played in a trio with Clyde Criner and Santi DeBriano, a quintet with Dave Rostetter, Jodi Shane, Greg Speck and Bernie Molita and a pop band with Doug Wager, Paul Abess and Jim Herrick. Studying with Jack DeJohnette inspired Arti the most to pursue a musical career.
After graduation he played The Four Seasons Hotel circuit from Montreal to Vancouver, Canada and throughout the United States with a show band “Living Color”. During this time he was called to play with “Sweet Box,” a band in England. While in England he also studied voice at the London School for Singing under the private direction of Arnold Rose.
After leaving that band he then pursued his career in New York City playing jingles and projects with various bands and song writers. While recording for singer David Wolf, producer Ron Frangipani recommended Arti to Janis Ian with whom he toured the world and recorded for the next few years. When that tour ended, Arti remained in the New York and Connecticut region. He played with Larry Coryell, Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Randy Klein, Jessie Austin, Marion Meadows, Joe Melotti, Kevin Jenkins, Paul Spinner, Bill Payne, Alex Foster, Pete Levin, Roger Ball, Brian Keane, Michael Torsone, Sal Giorgiani, Paul Branin, Vicki Sue Robinson, Eartha Kitt, Tom Elias, Kit Hane, Michael Bolton, Brian Torff, Ali Ryerson, Lou Marini, Joe Beck, Ron Murray, Rex Cadwallader, Mike Asetta, Jim Cammack, “Cookie” Thomas, and many more. In 1988 Arti married Joanne which slowed him down just enough to honeymoon in Hawaii.
In 1993 Dave Mills commissioned Arti to play in a jazz trio with a string quartet at Yale University. The pianist for that project was Ahmad Jamal. Arti once again toured the world and recorded with Ahmad for the next year. While in Scotland Arti played with Ahmad opening for Jack DeJohnette and once again Jack became part of Arti’s success by recommending that Sonor Drum Company take him on as an endorser. Afterwards came endorsements with Vic Firth drumsticks, E-Mu products, Evans drumheads and Sabian cymbals. On September 19th, 1994, Arti and Joanne had their first child, and in October of that year Arti left Ahmad’s band to be closer to his family.
Arti began working at the Foxwoods Casino as one of the house drummers where he played with many of the groups that came there including Harry Connick, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Connie Francis and Ray Cousins. On his way home from a performance at Foxwoods, Arti was in a fatal head-on collision. It took a while for him to recover from that traumatic experience.
Arti formed his own band to perform jazz education concerts and workshops throughout the school systems in Connecticut for young audiences. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. He has recorded with a host of singers and musicians. He has also done shows like Phantom Of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and “Ella Off The Record,” as well as TV shows like the HBO Joe Louis sports special and The Pool Hall staring James Earl Jones. Arti has recently worked on documentaries for PBS and ESPN, including “Driving While Black” and “Yankees-Dodgers: An Uncivil War”.
In 2017, Arti signed a license and distribution agreement with D’Addario for his Bass Drum Lift. It is sold in over 22 countries as the Evans Dixson Bass Drum Lift.
During the pandemic year of 2020 with the lack of performances, Arti was able to direct his focus on completing his rhythm instructional book, entitled “Rhythmasvir” — an antidote to treat rhythm and apply it to the drum set. Arti created Maroca Publishing and signed an agreement with Hudson Music to market and sell the eBook version of “Rhythmasvir”.
In spite of Arti’s busy schedule, he still finds time to give back to his communities. For 33 years he has collected toys for children and distributed them to fourteen locations in twelve communities in Connecticut, and has distributed food to twelve Connecticut food pantries for the past ten years.
Arti is the inventor of the Bass Drum Lift and The Spur Extender both of which he has patented.
Arti continues to perform and record throughout the region, is the percussion instructor at Greens Farms Academy and accepts students for private drum set consultations.