He’s the modern-day Mozart — today’s leading talent in the ever-growing electronic dance music scene. He’s the pride of Moldova, known for his unique and very own sound. He is Andrei Rata, better known as Andrew Rayel.
Born on July 21st, 1992, his young age never stopped him from taking the lead amongst the next generation of EDM producers. Developing strong musical skills, he studied orchestral music and kicked off his producing career at only 13 years of age. It didn’t take long for the passionate music lover to translate his ideas into sounds. He created a truly unique sonic signature – one of piano power, harmonic balance, and euphoric tales. And so, years later, his originals and remixes are praised by many and loved by more. But, rest assured, the Andrew Rayel story has only just begun.
How did you first begin your exploration of dance music and get your start in the scene?
It was all one big fortunate coincidence. I started producing electronic music, not rock or any other type of music. I was into music and I was in music school and learning about all types of music. One day my friend brought in a CD with software for electronic music. He knew there was different types of software on there and told me I should check them out and give them a try. Once I did, it blew my mind; it was absolutely incredible. At the same time, they used to play a lot of Armin van Buuren and ATB on the radio, and those were the two guys whose tracks I really liked. I knew at that time that this was the type of music that I wanted to produce. It really was an example of the perfect thing that happened at the perfect time. I’ve come a long way since then and I’m really happy with how everything came together.
Your music sounds like you have a lot of classical training.
I graduated from a music school where I took Classical piano for seven years. I always try to combine Classical music with electronic sounds in my songs.
You’ve learned piano when you were younger. How did you move from classical music to electronic?
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.
So when you’re producing, how do you go about creating such a kicking track?
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.
Who are a few of your favorite Classical musicians?
Well, they call me the modern day Mozart but, my favorite classical composer is Chopin. Hey, I don’t mind being called the modern day Mozart, but for me, Chopin is my favorite. He was the most genius and amazing composer of all time. I really like modern classical music and composers as well. I’m a big fan of Hans Zimmer.
What was your first break in electronic music?
Many years ago, me and my brother had a small box radio and there was a station called HitFM that we listened to all the time. They were playing a lot of ATB and Armin tracks, and I fell in love with the music and decided it was the style of music I wanted to make. I used to use another alias called Randry, and my first track as Randry was signed by Rank 1 and added to a compilation that I can’t remember the name of. It was released on a Spanish label called Only One records around 2009. After that, I changed my name to Andrew Rayel, released my first track named Aether, Armin loved it and made it Tune Of The Week on A State Of Trance, and from then on Armin has been my biggest support.
Your music reminds many trance fans of the more classic, uplifting sounds that defined trance in the begining, do you feel that sound is missing in trance right now?
First of all, I like to be optimistic about all forms of trance–I love all of it, from uplifting, to dark, to trouse. For me personally, I really enjoy orchestral stuff. I can’t say if it’s a hole in the business or not; It’s just how I see music and how I express my emotions. I don’t choose to make this sound because it’s popular or Armin loves it.
So I’m curious, when it comes to remixes, different producers have different ways they like to approach the process. Some remixers completely reconstruct the original track, like Flume’s remix of “Hyperparadise,” while others focus on building a drop around the original track. How do you like to approach the remix process?
When I don’t like the nature of it. I always like to change it completely. That’s what I call a remix. I don’t want to hear the same song with tiny changes. I want a different melody and different elements. Usually when I remix a vocal track the only thing you’ll hear from the original is the vocal.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
I’d have to say my greatest inspiration is the crowd that is in front of me. So, every time I perform, I try to memorize the feeling and the image of all these people jumping and going crazy and when I go to the studio I try to reveal all the memories. So, I wish the studio was right behind the stage.
Where do you see Andrew Rayel five years from now?
Five years from now I hope to have released another three or four albums. I hope to have my own big show like “Rayel Only,” which gathers a lot of people. I still have a lot of plans because there’s still so many that I want to do. You’ll see me getting into so many different and interesting things in the near future once the album is released. There are a lot of nice things that will surprise people. I want to keep the hype, but there are going to be big things with regards to the music and video related stuff.
Thanks again to all my fans for all of their love and support. To my fans: You are my “Once In A Lifetime Love.”