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Andrew Rayel: InHarmony Is A Place For Quality

Andrew Rayel opens up about the launch of his new label InHarmony Music.

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Andrew Rayel. An artist tipped by many to follow in the footsteps of Armin Van Buuren. A musical genius, an artist who is classically trained and has used these expertise for his benefit in the dance music industry. He has really burst onto the scene and cemented himself as an artist who is here to stay, and when we caught up with him at the Armada Headquarters in Amsterdam during ADE, he really reinforced this point. We started the conversation off with Trance music, a genre which was so called ‘dying’ in popularity around the time Andrew got involved.

At the beginning when I was starting my career, I wasn’t thinking about how popular Trance was, where is it going to go, what is happening at all, I just fell in love with the music. This came through A State Of Trance, Tiesto’s old tracks, and a lot of big names at that time. It was the era of epic Trance and that time, I was studying classical music which is all about epic melodies. So it all clicked for me, epic melodies with the new sound, that’s why I fell in love with Trance music. I can’t say I was looking at how popular Trance was and where’s it going to go, I just naturally fell in love with Trance and this is why I started producing it.”

From this point of getting involved to the current day, where Andrew Rayel has released albums, produced huge tracks and performed some magical shows, a lot of other things have also been going on. The first of these comes in the form of InHarmony Music, Andrew’s latest venture which he describes as “absolutely crazy”. It was interesting to see how it feels to be the label head of your own label.

I get to be the A&R, the boss, I get to say I want this track, I don’t want this track. If I come up with a track, it means I’ll move everything around and put this one first, so yeah it’s really cool and amazing, but it’s really hard work. I’m doing a lot of finishing of the tracks. A lot of the artists have really good ideas, but they aren’t quite there. So I go to the studio, mix the whole track, master it, change all the bad sounding sounds but I like doing this. InHarmony will be a place for good quality and only quality music, you won’t find a release just because I have time for it.”

InHarmony Music has already seen some talented artists and friends of Andrew feature on the label. David Gravell, Willem De Roo and Andrew himself have all released tracks on the label, with plenty more set to come. Andrew opens up about how supporting these artists, allowing them to release on the label and just showcasing good quality music feels.

I’m focused on building the brand and names like David Gravell, Willem De Roo, Mark Sixma and Emma Hewitt which are planned for the label all help. But next year we have a lot of new names that nobody has ever heard and are absolutely new to the scene, which we produced some incredible music with, will also all feature. I’ll be focusing next year on new names, getting them involved in the InHarmony Music family and hopefully building a big brand with some DJ superstars.

Alongside all of this, Andrew also produces his own radio show, Find Your Harmony radio, in which he corrected me that it was episode “eighty” and not seventy-nine, that aired at the time. Which means episode one hundred is coming up. And usually this means something special. “We are thinking actually what can we do for episode one hundred, and we are trying to think what we can do differently.” Which really sparked my mind as to what we may have in store from Andrew Rayel.

A lot of DJs are doing celebrations for episodes like this, and they are doing it with a typical broadcast in a club, whatever, but I want to do something special, something different. But one of the first things I want to do differently is start it every week. So starting January 2018, my radio show will be every week, instead of twice a month, it will be every week. Obviously it will be way harder for me as I still make my full radio show myself, which takes around one day a week. But I have the support of my team around me which is a lot of help, and it’s just a great platform and I’ll be able to premiere all the new music from InHarmony Music. You will be able to hear it exclusively on Find Your Harmony radio, and then on the rest of radio shows elsewhere.”

Looking at the career of Andrew Rayel and this is something I mentioned at the start of the interview. He has so much going on now in terms of his career. Touring worldwide, running a record label, producing his own music, being in charge of his radio show, it’s a lot going on. Stress levels are something which must go through the roof, even with the help of a team.

Obviously there are moments when you feel there is too much on your shoulders, there’s deadlines and how am I going to be able to finish all of this. Honestly I feel pretty relaxed at this moment in my career, I feel really productive, and as I said, I’ve a lot of new tracks planned until April 2018, which is a release every two weeks. Everything is just flowing naturally, it’s very relaxed and productive, and my team around me are very professional, and this also helps. I think there is a bright future for InHarmony, Find Your Harmony and Andrew Rayel, looking at potential future projects.

With all of this going on, it was interesting to see if Andrew had anything he might like to achieve or carry out, if he could fit it into his schedule. “At the moment, the label was launched a month ago, so obviously the full focus is on the label, grow the brand as much as I can. Maybe another album in the future, the ‘Moments’ album was released six months ago, but there is going to be another album soon. The ‘Moments’ album took nearly three years to produce, so you can expect a new one by 2020. But yeah, bigger shows, better slots on the main stages, and just continue to work hard and push myself.”

Big things are certainly planned for Andrew over the next twelve months and looking further ahead to the future. With so much going on for him, as a producer, DJ, label head, radio host, there would be no better person to ask about advice for someone who was looking to get started within dance music.

If you were a beginner, a producer, who was trying to break into this business, it’s always great to focus on your inspiration in the scene. You really like their music as an artist, you try to imitate their sound, not copy, but still create something he creates, and when you reach the level that they are creating, then you drop what you have done and start over and look for your sound. The first period is starting to get the quality behind your music, and then look at building your own path. That’s what I would say anyway.

Andrew Rayel is a name who will certainly be bustling around the dance music scene in the latter months of 2017 and 2018. Things are looking to be extremely busy for him, but that certainly will not slow him down. Keep an eye out for him and his label InHarmony Music, as well as his radio show.

For more information on Andrew Rayel:
https://www.facebook.com/Andrew.Rayel/
https://twitter.com/Andrew_Rayel
https://soundcloud.com/andrewrayel

Andrew Rayel Press-Hilde Lenaerts

Andrew Rayel

Andrew Rayel. An artist tipped by many to follow in the footsteps of Armin Van Buuren. A musical genius, an artist who is classically trained and has used these expertise for his benefit in the dance music industry. He has really burst onto the scene and cemented himself as an artist who is here to stay, and when we caught up with him at the Armada Headquarters in Amsterdam during ADE, he really reinforced this point. We started the conversation off with Trance music, a genre which was so called ‘dying’ in popularity around the time Andrew got involved.

At the beginning when I was starting my career, I wasn’t thinking about how popular Trance was, where is it going to go, what is happening at all, I just fell in love with the music. This came through A State Of Trance, Tiesto’s old tracks, and a lot of big names at that time. It was the era of epic Trance and that time, I was studying classical music which is all about epic melodies. So it all clicked for me, epic melodies with the new sound, that’s why I fell in love with Trance music. I can’t say I was looking at how popular Trance was and where’s it going to go, I just naturally fell in love with Trance and this is why I started producing.

From this point of getting involved to the current day, where Andrew Rayel has released albums, produced huge tracks and performed some magical shows, a lot of other things have also been going on. The first of these comes in the form of InHarmony Music, Andrew’s latest venture which he describes as “absolutely crazy”. It was interesting to see how it feels to be the label head of your own label.

Andrew Rayel

I get to be the A&R, the boss, I get to say I want this track, I don’t want this track. If I come up with a track, it means I’ll move everything around and put this one first, so yeah it’s really cool and amazing, but it’s really hard work. I’m doing a lot of finishing of the tracks. A lot of the artists have really good ideas, but they aren’t quite there. So I go to the studio, mix the whole track, master it, change all the bad sounding sounds but I like doing this. InHarmony will be a place for good quality and only quality music, you won’t find a release just because I have time for it.”

Andrew Rayel

InHarmony Music has already seen some talented artists and friends of Andrew feature on the label. David Gravell, Willem De Roo and Andrew himself have all released tracks on the label, with plenty more set to come. Andrew opens up about how supporting these artists, allowing them to release on the label and just showcasing good quality music feels.

I’m focused on building the brand and names like David Gravell, Willem De Roo, Mark Sixma and Emma Hewitt which are planned for the label all help. But next year we have a lot of new names that nobody has ever heard and are absolutely new to the scene, which we produced some incredible music with, will also all feature. I’ll be focusing next year on new names, getting them involved in the InHarmony Music family and hopefully building a big brand with some DJ superstars.

Andrew Rayel

Alongside all of this, Andrew also produces his own radio show, Find Your Harmony radio, in which he corrected me that it was episode “eighty” and not seventy-nine, that aired at the time. Which means episode one hundred is coming up. And usually this means something special. “We are thinking actually what can we do for episode one hundred, and we are trying to think what we can do differently.” Which really sparked my mind as to what we may have in store from Andrew Rayel.

A lot of DJs are doing celebrations for episodes like this, and they are doing it with a typical broadcast in a club, whatever, but I want to do something special, something different. But one of the first things I want to do differently is start it every week. So starting January 2018, my radio show will be every week, instead of twice a month, it will be every week.

Obviously it will be way harder for me as I still make my full radio show myself, which takes around one day a week. But I have the support of my team around me which is a lot of help, and it’s just a great platform and I’ll be able to premiere all the new music from InHarmony Music. You will be able to hear it exclusively on Find Your Harmony radio, and then on the rest of radio shows elsewhere.”

Andrew Rayel

Looking at the career of Andrew Rayel and this is something I mentioned at the start of the interview. He has so much going on now in terms of his career. Touring worldwide, running a record label, producing his own music, being in charge of his radio show, it’s a lot going on. Stress levels are something which must go through the roof, even with the help of a team.

Obviously there are moments when you feel there is too much on your shoulders, there’s deadlines and how am I going to be able to finish all of this. Honestly I feel pretty relaxed at this moment in my career, I feel really productive, and as I said, I’ve a lot of new tracks planned until April 2018, which is a release every two weeks. Everything is just flowing naturally, it’s very relaxed and productive, and my team around me are very professional, and this also helps. I think there is a bright future for InHarmony, Find Your Harmony and Andrew Rayel, looking at potential future projects.

Andrew Rayel

With all of this going on, it was interesting to see if Andrew had anything he might like to achieve or carry out, if he could fit it into his schedule. “At the moment, the label was launched a month ago, so obviously the full focus is on the label, grow the brand as much as I can. Maybe another album in the future, the ‘Moments’ album was released six months ago, but there is going to be another album soon. The ‘Moments’ album took nearly three years to produce, so you can expect a new one by 2020. But yeah, bigger shows, better slots on the main stages, and just continue to work hard and push myself.”

Andrew Rayel

Big things are certainly planned for Andrew over the next twelve months and looking further ahead to the future. With so much going on for him, as a producer, DJ, label head, radio host, there would be no better person to ask about advice for someone who was looking to get started within dance music.

If you were a beginner, a producer, who was trying to break into this business, it’s always great to focus on your inspiration in the scene. You really like their music as an artist, you try to imitate their sound, not copy, but still create something he creates, and when you reach the level that they are creating, then you drop what you have done and start over and look for your sound. The first period is starting to get the quality behind your music, and then look at building your own path. That’s what I would say anyway.

Andrew Rayel

Andrew Rayel is a name who will certainly be bustling around the dance music scene in the latter months of 2017 and 2018. Things are looking to be extremely busy for him, but that certainly will not slow him down. Keep an eye out for him and his label InHarmony Music, as well as his radio show.

For more information on Andrew Rayel:
https://www.facebook.com/Andrew.Rayel/
https://twitter.com/Andrew_Rayel
https://soundcloud.com/andrewrayel

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