Hailing from the small country of Moldova, Andrew Rayel is a world renowned DJ/Producer who is unique for a variety of reasons, one mainly that he was classically trained in music. This has led to his being called "a modern day Mozart."
We were lucky enough to sit down with the 21 year old producer before his show at Cielo Nightclub in New York City last Thursday night, April 10th.
Is this your first time to New York City?
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It is only a few days before the parties start for Miami Music Week, and the excitement is almost too much to bear. And for a good reason too; MMW hosts a whole lot of pool parties, boat cruises, and exclusive shows featuring the best names in electronic dance music, ending in the three day musical masterpiece that is Ultra Music Festival. Of course, not everyone gets to attend all of these wonderful gathering, or any at all for that matter, which is why UMF Radio will be broadcasting live on SiriusXM radio all throughout Miami Music Week.
Five time #1 DJ in the world, Armin van Buuren, is bringing his five hour Armin Only Intense world tour to North America for the first time ever, starting April 11th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The one-of-a-kind show will be conducted from behind a 76-foot DJ booth by Armin van Buuren himself, along with a myriad of acrobats, dancers, singers, and live musicians like Miri Ben-Ari to help push the powerful visuals, pyrotechnics, and theatrics over the top.
When a colossal force like W&W hits the stage, you won't know what just hit you. Big room, high-octane sounds are a definite, but there's so much more to W&W's mystique. The duo hails from the Netherlands, the DJ capital of the world, and they have gained such an immense fanbase in just a short span of time. Their popularity can be attributed to the wildly successful tracks that they produce, which has caught the attention of Trance Goliath, Armin Van Burren, early on. Since their ASOT debut, W&W just can't seem to catch a break from the whirlwind of fame and success.
Like any great artist, W&W had their humble beginnings at local clubs and venues, only to find themselves taking full reign over leading festivals in no time. We got to find out some of W&W's earliest inspirations and the key behind their inexplicable ability to deliver only the highest quality of music to the fans.
Friday, January 24th
Phonic Fridays at ZEPPELIN this weekend with DC's third serving of trance mastery, this time from the young yet immensely talented Ben Gold, a name quickly climbing its way to the top with the likes of Armin Van Buuren and Above & Beyond. If you haven't had a chance to catch any of the phenomenal acts in this year's Phonic Fridays series yet, Ben Gold will be the show that keeps you coming back week after week, hunting for another night of musical perfection. Tickets are still available online for $15, and they are well worth it.
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If you aren't familiar with the legendary, Grammy nominated artist, Armin Van Buuren, or Armin for short, you will be now. Electronic dance music has been making all the big headlines at award shows and chart-topping lists geared towards music and Armin just set the bar really high for all his predecessors. While many EDM artists, whether it may be Trance, House or Dubstep, are gaining quick recognition for single EP releases and hit remixes, Armin is solidifying his position amongst top artists and musicians across borders.
Armin Van Buuren sets the record for the most tally's on Billboard's 'Dance/Electronic Albums Chart' with his recent debut of his album, "A State of Trance Year Mix 2013." This specific album landed at the No. 21 spot, but it's also his 10th charted title within his "State of Trance" series to make it on the list. In the grand scheme of things, this marks Armin's 20th charted album in total, surpassing Louie DeVito by a single tally.
In lieu of Armin Van Buuren's recent Armin Only: Intense tour, he has since come out with bi-weekly road movies to capture what it's like to be on the road for this journey. Armin, as always, is characterized by his easy-going yet professional manner, showing true qualities of a tour veteran. Unlike most tour videos that will capture only the insane and 'fun' aspects of DJ's touring, Armin's road movies show a different quality. It delves deep into the production that goes into the shows, as well as, the crew that supports his tour immensely.
2013 is coming to a near finish, which means it's time to reflect on the year's most exciting Artists and DJs. The rise of EDM is no secret and not to be overrated. With an abundance of new talent, artists recreating their sound, and stellar festival sets that stood out from the rest, the EDM scene looks like it's constantly generating exciting buzz all throughout the year. Here's our pick of the Top 20 DJs who's made a great impression in the electronic music scene:
It's no secret that Robbert van de Corput, better recognized as, Hardwell, was crowned DJ Mag's #1 DJ. In 2011, he entered the Top 100 list at #24, quickly rising the ranks to #1 in a matter of only two years. There's a reason why he's been voted the top DJ, just look at the views on all his major festival sets on Youtube. His Tomorrowland set garnered 16+ million views while his Ultra set is at 17+ million views. The numbers certainly speak for themselves. At only 25 years old, there's no slowing down this festival tycoon anytime soon!