We caught up with Andrew Rayel just before he stepped out onto the TomorrowWorld stage to play for tens of thousands of screaming fans. He just released his debut album, and with the success of his ‘Find Your Harmony’ Radioshow, a world tour, and support from the likes of Armin van Buuren and Dash Berlin, the 22-year-old DJ and producer from Moldova has a lot to be celebrating at the moment.
You spent the last 2 nights in Toronto and Waterloo. How is the Canadian crowd compared to a European crowd?
The Canadian crowd is pretty much the same as in the States. Canada and the US have the same vibe. European countries have their own vibe. And Asia has their own vibe. You’ve got to adjust and play differently for different parts of the world.
Congratulations on your first Tomorrowworld performance. How excited are you to be doing a B2B set with Ferry Corsten?
I’m very excited! I’ve actually done B2B sets with Ferry a few times. I played on Ferry’s stage at Stereosonic in Australia, so it was pretty much the same concept. I played for an hour and 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes was a B2B with with Ferry. It was so much fun back then and I’m sure it’s going to be lot’s of fun this time too.
When was the first time you met Ferry?
I met him for the first time in my home country of Moldova when I played a gig with him. I actually opened for him about 3 or 4 years ago so I met him and gave him a USB with my music and was like can you check that please? He was a very nice person.
When you first starting, how were you getting the word out about your music?
I was the world’s biggest spammer ever. I used to send everything to everyone. I used to get a list of a 100 hundred emails. I’d send it to everyone “Hey, can you check this please?” But it worked at the end of the day, so I’m pretty happy that I’m here right now.
Who were some of your non-EDM influences growing up?
That would be absolutely Han Zimmer, he is one of my biggest inspirations ever. He’s doing soundtracks for movies. When I watch movies, I’ll always check to see who the composer of the song is. I think I have all the collections from all the soundtracks he’s composed.
What about Han's music do you connect with?
I love classical music. The soundtracks that he makes are basically a modern version of classical music. It has the orchestra with strings and piano, its completely emotional and takes you to a completely different word. You don’t want to dance. You just want to cry or smile or it brings you to emotions.
Absolutely, like Trance! But with Trance its much better because you can actually dance to that music. So it’s all those emotions plus you can actually dance and party.
That actually leads into my next question. You started going to school for classical music so what really made you interested in Trance music?
Trance music is basically melodies. Electronic music combined with classical music. That’s why I was learning in a music school. I was like “hey this is pretty close to what I know and people can actually dance to it and I can play in clubs so I said ‘yea this is what I want to do’.”
So when you were growing up in your home country of Moldova, what type of music was popular? Was Trance music big in Moldova at all?
No, I would say even now it’s not. But we’re doing bigger and bigger shows. I did my pre-release party of my album in Moldova and it was like 5,000 people which was very good for my country. But I think what’s popular there is traditional folk music and like some local pop stars.
You've been producing music since you were 13 years old, how have you seen Trance music evolve over the years?
Well now its shorter and slower BPM and I think it’s much more banging. You still have that melody and the emotions in it but it’s a little bit more rave music, more big room they call it. And I actually like it because as I see it now, growing over the years I really want to do it more banging now and maybe keep all those emotions for soundtracks so it’s divided into two.
Where do you see Trance music going in the next 15 years?
It’s just going to go up. As you see all the genres are coming in together and mixing up and you hear Dubstep and Rock in Trance music so I think in a few years there’s not going to be genres. There’s just going to be music and that’s it. You like music or you don’t like music haha.
Can we look forward to any collaborations or singles coming out?
I’m going to do a few vocal collaborations one of them I already said it’s going to be Emma Hewitt because that’s one of my biggest dreams and there’s some others but I can’t tell you yet.