Exclusive Interview: Andrew Rayel Talks New Material For 2016 And Hans Zimmer
After starting his career at just 13-years-old, Andrei Rata is producing the sound of the future. Although, you might know him better as Andrew Rayel. This Moldovan producer is a frequent feature on Armada Music, Armind, and A State Of Trance, and now he even hosts his own radio show titled after his debut album, Find Your Harmony. Now, at 23, he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, and although Rayel is dubbed by many as “the future of trance,” he’s something else entirely.
After enduring a mud stricken journey to the Chattahoochee Hills, we were fortunate enough sit down with Andrew Rayel before his performance at TomorrowWorld. Apart from being one of the most kind-hearted DJs out there, he has a genuine ear for music, and truly believes in the power of dance.
Read on to hear how Rayel got his start in trance, his love for Hanz Zimmer, and what he has in store for 2016.
WGTC: What do you think is going to be the biggest track of the weekend? What’s your favorite track of the year?
Andrew Rayel: Well, I’m going to have to say… I know it’s silly, but one of my recent tracks with Mark Sixma, it’s called “Chased.” It’s absolutely incredible! It’s doing so well on the dance floor; it’s an absolute killer. It’s a very acid, electro melody, and it’s got this trancy EDM house with an acid drop, so it kicks really hard. Every time it kicks in, people are just going mad! So that’s my favorite of the moment.
I know Armin plays it all the time – I think he plays on Sunday? He’s been playing it for the past two months in all his sets, so I hope he’s going to play it. It’s got the support of Hardwell, Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, and so many other guys, so I hope they’re going to play it!
So when you’re producing, how do you go about creating such a kicking track?
Rayel: Well, it took me a while to get there, to find the perfect balance between a fat kick and a fat bassline. I mean, you can’t really actually do both in the same track. So if you want to have a really fat bassline, you have a short kick, and vice versa. But there is an exception. Sometimes it works out where you can do both of them, but then, it takes up so much space you can’t really put so much on top of it. So you just have to have some percussion or something, you can’t really use lots of leads because they take a lot of space. You don’t have to compress it so much to limit it, you’ve got to let it breathe.
You’ve said before that you learned piano when you were younger. How did you move from classical music to electronic?
Rayel: While I was studying in a musical school, I’d never been a big fan of learning how to play other people’s music, like Mozart. Even though I love their music, I didn’t like to play their music, I always wanted to create my own music. But I never knew where this music was going to go, which style I was going to choose. And at some point I heard on the radio Armin’s tracks, ATB’s tracks, all Tiësto’s tracks, and I fell in love with this music, and I felt like there was a big connection between the music I was creating on the piano and the music they were playing on the radio. I thought, “this is the music I want to create!”
So I went to – actually I didn’t go to a studio… I had a computer with some weird program, that’s where I started. But it took me years to get out there. But that’s the start! I heard this music on the radio and I fell in love with it.
I’ve heard you’re really into Hanz Zimmer, too?
Rayel: Yes, I’m a big fan! He’s my all time favorite, a big genius. I mean, he’s been a huge inspiration for me, in terms of melodies, harmonies, and I’m a big fan of movie soundtracks. When you hear all these harmonies and all these transactions, it’s so different from electronic music, but at some point it’s so close because you can use all these melodies in a very unique way and just add a bassline and a beat and people are just going to go crazy at a festival. I don’t know, maybe one day when I get older, I’ll just quit electronic music and I’ll just do like scores and soundtracks for movies… I do these things sometimes, but they never get released so I just save them. They’re just for me, they’re for my soul.
You’ve been traveling all over the world since your album last year. What’s been your favorite venue?
Rayel: There is no one favorite venue… I hate this question! Everyone wants to know the favorite! There is no one particular favorite – there are a bunch of favorites. If we’re talking about America: Echostage, I love Marquee in Vegas, I love Exchange in LA. Every city has an amazing venue and an amazing atmosphere. You can’t really choose one. Maybe there are some places that were okay, but favorite? There are a lot of favorites.
What do you think people can learn from a music festival and coming out here and just being themselves?
Rayel: Well I feel like DJs are the new age musicians. Like the new generation’s musicians, so they get to present all the new music to the people. So, they can definitely learn a lot of, in terms of music, they can learn a lot of harmonies, a lot of new melodies. I mean, they can learn that music brings us all together, and makes them forget all the routine, all the problems they have in their lives.
And you can see, there are so many wars happening in this world, so many countries that fight with other countries, but then you go to TomorrowWorld and you see these people from these same countries dancing on the same dance floor all together… And that’s unbelievable! That’s what they should learn, go back to their countries and do the same thing! They should all come together and dance, not fight each other.
Are you still wearing your lucky bracelet?
Rayel: Ugh! I was very sad that day… I lost it at one of my gigs at Marquee, I forgot it in the hotel room. It was a big deal, I freaked out. I called the hotel and told them to go to the room, but it had been cleaned up already and they threw it away and I don’t have it anymore. But it had been with me for almost 3 years, so I hoped I was going to keep it forever… Like three years ago very close person gave it to me, and since then I decided that it was my lucky bracelet and I’m just going to wear it every show, and I did! I didn’t make any show without it. It’s been a while now since I lost it, so it’s okay.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Rayel: Thank you so much for all the support and thank you guys for following me! I’m working on a very exciting project for the next year, and it’s going to be absolutely incredible. So just be patient and great things will come!
That concludes our interview, but we’d like to thank Andrew Rayel very much for his time!
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