In 2005, Arsen Shomakhov travelled from his native Russia to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. Two years later, he won the new talent contest at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR. He soon relocated to Vancouver, where he formed the Arsen Shomakhov Trio. Arsen returned to the International Blues Competition twice with his band, representing the White Rock Blues Society. He was also nominated for a Maple Blues Award for his 2010 album On The Move.