Sep 06, 2013
Andrew Rayel

Truly the rising star of trance, Andrew Rayel, aka Andrei Rata, has moved onto a global platform with support from Armin van Buuren, many hit tracks, and a new compilation called Mystery Of Aether. Andrei talked to us about the Moldovan music scene, his Classical influences, and the festivals he’s most excited to play in the US.

Andrew Rayel - Musa (Original Mix) [Armind]
LessThan3: Tell us about the Moldovan electronic scene and how you came out of it.
Andrei: We have a huge scene here now; Above & Beyond comes a lot, Markus Schulz, and many other big names. I started playing in Moldova for two years before I started doing gigs outside the country. There aren’t a lot of big names coming from here–it’s mostly local acts.
LessThan3: Your music sounds like you have a lot of Classical training.
Andrei: 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.
LessThan3: What was your first break in electronic music?
Andrei: 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.
LessThan3: Your music reminds many trance fans of the more classic, uplifting sounds that defined trance in the beginning. Do you feel that sound is missing in trance right now?
Andrei: 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.
LessThan3: You have a compilation dropping today called Mystery Of Aether.
Andrei: Yes, it’s my vision of the “Aether” concept that I started many years ago. I like to do many mixes of a track, and one of them is the Aether mix, which is very uplifting, euphoric, and emotional. You’ll hear a lot of that type of trance in this compilation.
LessThan3: Do you have any upcoming tracks that you can tell us about?
Andrei: Well Armin has announced his Universal Religion 7 compilation, and I have three tracks on it. One is my new collaboration with Alexandre Berghau called We Are Not Afraid Of 138. It’s not really my sound, but I thought it would be a fun track to do, and Armin loved it, so it ended up on there. The second track is called Dark Warrior–Armin has been dropping this track a lot lately, and people have been wondering what the name of the track is. It’s the first track of disc 2. I also have an amazing collaboration on there with Jwaydan–no one has heard that yet.
LessThan3: That Dark Warrior track is amazing, and different from everything else we’ve heard you do.
Andrei: I’m not trying to leave the Andrew Rayel sound, but I love to experiment, and I came up with that track, and was really happy with the way it turned out.
LessThan3: Have you done any shows in the US?
Andrei: No, because of Visa issues, but we’re almost there. I’ve applied for the US Visa, we just have to wait a bit longer for it to be approved.
LessThan3: Are there any festivals in particular that you’re looking forward to playing in the States?
Andrei: Definitely Ultra, EDC Vegas, and Electric Zoo.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Andrei: Serenity by Armin van Buuren.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Andrei: Emotional, Energetic, Aether.
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