Halfway to EDC 2017, hosted by Insomniac and Marquee Dayclub Dome at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, returns President’s Day weekend 18th and 19th February in celebration of EDC’s 21st anniversary.
Though the line-up is yet to be announced, based off of 2016’s roster we’re sure this year will be just as memorable. Last year’s event showcased sets from artists such as Dash Berlin, Jauz, Ookay and Andrew Rayel.
The reach of Armin Van Buuren is enormous now. The five times winner of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll has just been chosen by CNN International to “shine a light” on two up and coming acts for a TV series that airs next week.
Armin has chosen to big up Heatbeat from Argentina and Andrew Rayel from Moldova, who have both figured prominently in the new Top 100 DJs poll.
Hardwell, the 2013 No.1 DJ in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll, was the surprise guest at the Top 100 DJs poll launch party in Amsterdam at the weekend. Hardwell joined his label-mates Dannic and 2013's Highest New Entry Dyro for the Paradiso show, with Highest Climber Andrew Rayel and Dubvision also on the bill.
So the Top 100 DJs poll 2014 is now OPEN! Vote here! Just follow the prompts...
DJ style: “Trance and progressive.”
Best known for: “Find Your Harmony [radio show].”
Fave tune of 2018: “Andrew Rayel & David Gravell ‘Trance Reborn’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Bogdan Vix & Keyplayer/ Corti Organ.”
One of Moldova’s biggest dance music exports, Andrew Rayel and his acclaimed radio show Find Your Harmony have been celebrating a bumper year, reaching 100 episodes as well as expanding his inHarmony Music imprint through its parent label, Armin van Buuren’s Armada Music. Rayel’s own euphoric mainroom sound has seen him host events in Amsterdam, LA and of course Moldova, while his newly-doffed A&R hat has led him to developing artists, with releases coming from names like Mark Sixma, DRYM, Bogdan Vix & Keyplayer, Corti Organ, Chukiess & Whackboi and Leo Reyes.
Having played everywhere from Ultra Music Festival to Hï Ibiza, Tomorrowland and Ministry Of Sound over the past year, Rayel’s 2018 has been a huge one and with his new label hitting the ground running and Find Your Harmony continuing to attract millions of listeners, it’s no doubt 2019 will be even bigger.
Words: DECLAN MCGLYNN
Trance might have lost its grip on the top-end of the poll to EDM, but nobody can deny the ongoing tenacity of its following. This enthusiasm, of course, is helped in no small part by the DJs and producers who've also stayed loyal to the sound — and Andrew Rayel is one of those leaders.
Speaking of (and at) Armin van Buuren's label and festival in Utrecht earlier this year, he said, “A State Of Trance, to me, is like my second family.” And while his music — as witnessed on his recent collaboration with Jonny Rose ('Daylight') — is increasingly taking on a harder, EDM-influenced “progressive” edge with pop vocals, there's no escaping the classic trance backbone running through its core.
2015 has seen him have another busy year, with gigs at both Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld as well Ushuaia, Amnesia and Creamfields. However, it's one event in particular that sticks out in his mind. “EDC Las Vegas weekend with my whole team,” he remembers.
“It was truly an unbelievable experience, from event production to crowd, everything was superb.” And what about the year ahead? “For sure, more music, bigger shows and something very special for next year! Stay tuned.”