Andrew Rayel Talks Album & DJ Sets ahead of TomorrowWorld Performance
Achieving harmony doesn’t have to be a quiet event when it comes to trance hotshot Andrew Rayel. After his track “Aether” caught the attention of Armin van Buuren, Rayel joined the Armada Music family, leading to a series of big releases, performances, and collaborations through the Dutch label.
Now, the Moldovan DJ/producer is riding the success of his debut album Find Your Harmony stemming from its release earlier this year. A wild summer of high-profile festival performances followed which saw Rayel taking seas of trance fans on aural journeys as energetic as they were melodic.
The young artist is showing no signs of slowing down, as DJ Times caught up with him ahead of his performance at this weekend’s TomorrowWorld festival in Atlanta, GA.
DJ Times: Why did you decide to make a full album of material, as opposed to one-off singles?
Rayel: I always knew that I wanted to release an album because I think that ‘the album’ is a place where you can experiment and release the stuff that you would never do on a single. I did the intro and outro for it, but I would never release them singles because nobody would ever play that. They’re a melody for a soundtrack, which is perfect for the album. I also did a chill-out track called “Fading Echoes” that wouldn’t work as a single. The album was the perfect place to let me choose projects and ideas to put together.
DJ Times: The album feels structured like a DJ set. Did you specifically approach its creation to do that?
Rayel: Yeah, I tried to make it a journey. I didn’t want to just put random tracks that were completely diverse; I wanted to come together. I did an intro to show what’s coming up, and then it starts really hard before going into more melodic and uplifting sections and ending on a really melodic track called “The End at Pianoland.”
DJ Times: How do you prepare for your sets?
Rayel: I can’t say that I completely plan it. I always know the key tracks I’m going to play because it’s my music, and I think as a DJ you have to play mostly your music because you want to show the crowd your music. We’re not true old-school DJs anymore—sadly or luckily depending on how you look at it—that can play for eight hours and play a variety of tracks. Nowadays, you go to a big festival and they give you one hour. You’re not going to play all other people’s tracks; you’re going to play a lot of your tracks. I always do edits, and I try to make them different for each show to make it special in case I don’t have a complete new track to show off that night.
DJ Times: Do DJing and producing give back to each other?
Rayel: Absolutely. I play for a crowd, and after my set I get inspired big time. I can go into the studio with the memories of what I felt at that moment when I go to produce new tracks. When I produce tracks, I always imagine how people will react to a specific part of a track when I’m mixing it. There’s always a balance between DJing and producing.
DJ Times: You’ve played over at Marquee Las Vegas a fair bit this summer. What are the Vegas crowds like?
Rayel: Marquee Las Vegas is a little bit of a tough crowd. It’s a bit fancy, but not too much. You have to play a little bit different because people in Vegas are coming for fun. Let’s face it, they don’t go to Vegas for the music; they want to have fun over there so you have to give them a party, not a journey or a concept. I love Marquee, and I’ve played both the Dayclub and Nightclub and everyone has fun, so I can’t wait to go back.
Watch the video for “One In A Million” below, and go to AndrewRayel.com for more information.