Andrew Rayel Discusses ‘Special’ Projects, His Growing Personal Collection, and Record Label Aspirations [Exclusive Interview]

Ever since being described as a modern day Mozart by Armin Van Buuren on A State of Trance, Andrew Rayel has emerged as one of the most prolific producers in electronic dance music.

His training as a classical musician allows him to implement beautiful melodic elements in to his productions creating a sound that is pushing barriers while establishing the young Moldovan producer as one of the fasted rising names in electronic dance music.

We had the chance to sit down with Andrew during TomorrowWorld to discuss his growing personal collection, a very ‘special’ project, and record label aspirations.

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Andrew Rayel performs at TomorrowWorld – Photo via Doug Van Sant Photography

thatDROP: Last time we got to speak with you was right before Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, one of the biggest performances of your career at the time. Your album had just come out. Tell us a little bit more about what you have been up to this summer.

Andrew: The album came out and did very well. I have had a ton of support from everyone. We just released the first single from the album called “One In A Million” and we have a really great remix from Paris Blohm and I am very happy that people already know it. It allows me to cut the chorus off and have the crowd sing along which is absolutely incredible.

thatDROP: You’ve been traveling a lot. What have been some of your favorite experiences?

Andrew: We have done a ton of Find Your Harmony gigs so I had a special introduction created from the album. I played a long three hour set with a special outro as well. More of a concept, album-themed show which was very cool. I’ve also done a lot of festivals including Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and now TomorrowWorld.

I have been traveling more than airline stewardesses, about 16 flights a month. I really have enjoyed it all though. I keep every bracelet, ticket, and all access pass in a box at my house. It’s grown in to a pretty big collection.

thatDROP: That has to be quite the collection. Auction that off one day and it could be worth quite the pretty penny.

Andrew: [laughs] Just in case this whole DJ thing doesn’t work out.

thatDROP: What are you looking forward to most about your performance at TomorrowWorld?

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Andrew Rayel

Andrew: I have prepared lots of tricky things. Some edits, some special songs, a special introduction. Hans Zimmer actually did the anthem for Tomorrowland so I rebuilt it and will be using it as an introduction for my set.

thatDROP: You told us before that Zimmer was one of your idols. Have you gotten in touch regarding a possible collaboration yet?

Andrew: I was hoping to meet him at Tomorrowland because he said he was going to be there but there were just so many people and I could not find him.

thatDROP: What are some other collaborations that might be in the works? Perhaps some people you would like to work with?

Andrew: I’m actually starting to do a track with Emma Hewitt. She has been one of the best trance vocalists in the industry and it has been one of my biggest dreams to do a track with her. I am very excited that is now in the works.

I’m also in the beginning stages of a very special project. It is very hard and I don’t want to give too much away but it’s so exciting to me, something very new. It’s still in the beginning stages and I’m not too sure which way it is going to go but I am very excited for it. It is going to be incredible.

thatDROP: Is it more music oriented or event oriented?

Andrew: More music oriented. You should definitely stay tuned!

thatDROP: Have you had any crazy fan experiences that have stuck out to you?

Andrew: Yes! I have many crazy encounters with fans but one that sticks out to me is when I played in Hong Kong at a club called Levels. It was a pretty small club and there was no back entrance so I had to go through the crowd. Luckily when I was going to play no one saw me because they were all standing with their backs toward me, facing the stage. But on the way back I couldn’t get out of the club because there were so many people. I ended up with two girls on my back and five security guards around me who could not get the girls off. They grabbed me so hard I had scratches.

thatDROP: You have had so much success in the early stages of your career. Where do you hope to see yourself in 5-10 years and beyond?

Andrew: I still hope I will be able to produce great music and travel as much as I am now. I hope to have my own radio show and even my own label. I would like to get everything focused under one central area so that I am able to continue to do things the way that I love to do them.

For more of the scoop on Andrew Rayel check out our exclusive Andrew Rayel interview from Electric Daisy Carnival by clicking here and be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud.

Check out more awesome TomorrowWorld photos courtesy of Doug Van Sant Photography.

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