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Poll 2018: Andrew Rayel

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From: Moldova
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

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 15:29

Poll 2015: Andrew Rayel

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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.”

ADAM SAVILLE

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 16:01

Style: 
“Trance and progressive.”
Best known for: 
“'Find Your Harmony'.”
Tune of the year: 
“Andrew Rayel & Mark Sixma 'Chased'.”
From: 
Moldova
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Mark Sixma.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Absolutely, I think this is just the beginning for electronic music and you can see how much attention it gets from the entire world.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Maybe at the beginning, but you get used to it in time and how to balance out the DJ tour life with personal life.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Raising money for charity with the power of music.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Guvernment in Toronto, Canada.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“There should be! It’s kinda weird. Probably because women like more to enjoy the music and have fun in the crowd, or prefer to take the path of a vocalist or something else.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“I'm honestly not a fan of it. It's not something to be proud of — being a big artist and using someone else's art isn't something I have respect for.”