LessThan3: Tell us about the Moldovan electronic scene and how you came out of it.
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?
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
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?
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?
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?
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Andrei: Emotional, Energetic, Aether.