Behind The Album: Ahmed Romel On RÜYA

Aug 29, 2019
Behind The Album: Ahmed Romel On RÜYA
Ahmed Romel has enjoyed an illustrious career in dance music, and we were thrilled to take a deep dive inside the latest chapter, his debut artist album RÜYA! The excitement was high when we caught up as the album had just claimed the #1 Trance Release on Beatport, and deservingly so! RÜYA is an incredible expression of Ahmed’s artistic talent and emotion, with the album an incredible culmination of multiple years of work and genre exploration. Read on to learn more!

Ahmed, thanks for joining us today and at such an exciting time for you! RÜYA just hit the #1 Trance Release on Beatport! What does the milestone mean to you and how has the reception to the album been through your eyes?
Unbelievable to be honest! The album has a big amount of music variety, it’s not only uplifting trance. This was a concern for me, but the reception has been really amazing. People are loving the different styles, from deep house, techno, uplifting trance and even post rock. Reading all of the comments and feedback just makes me feel proud to be having this variety in the album.  
When did you first have the idea to work on the album and what was the turning point to make it a reality? What time period of work does the music on the album reflect?
Well, I was working on a couple of singles to be released in 2017, and I had around five of them almost ready when I thought that I really didn’t want to wait for each single release. I thought maybe I could compile them into one EP, which then struck me with the debut album idea – it was about time! I started working on it in the summer of 2017 and completed it in March of this year.
Why did you decide to name your album RÜYA? What do you feel is a uniting theme musically behind the tracks on the album?
RÜYA is a Turkish word which means vision or a dream, which has the same pronunciation in Arabic too. The word literally describes how I wanted this project to sound, it’s my vision of the future sound, the vision of how the fans are expecting my music to sound. The track names basically tell a story about emotions that sometimes you can’t express, but only music does, and some of them are a hidden dedication to special people in my life with beautiful stories, like “Vanya.”
Can you pick a few tracks from the album and tell us about the production process that went into them?
“Digital Nomads” was planned and written in Cairo, Egypt, last year. I wanted this track to literally sound like you’re walking in Cairo Old City. 
“Anjara” was my introduction to deep & melodic techno, but at the same time I didn’t want to focus on basslines and drops only, I wanted a strong catchy melody to be combined with the techno elements.
“The Eternal Peace” is something that I really wanted to produce a long time ago, as part of the post rock genre, but infused with orchestral composition. In the beginning it was supposed to be electric guitar and drums only, but then I added the strings and cello. 
Can you highlight your work with one of the vocalists for the album, and what made working together so special?
“Don’t Say Goodbye” with Roxanne Emery definitely stands out. I love Roxanne’s voice and her singing levels. I really wanted to give it a chance to shine more than an uplifting track, so I decided to have it as a chillout version with orchestral instruments, to be followed with the uplifting version later this year. 
Is there any song that is especially meaningful to you or one that you are particularly proud of? Why?
I would say “Vanya” and “Reverie,” as those two were produced in a very emotional time in my life. 
Which track(s) have been your favorite to play live? What’s your favorite memory playing out one of the album tracks live?
Definitely “RÜYA” as it was the first track that I tested from the album, and now “The Love Potion” with Simon O’Shine, and also “Sea Of Sounds.” 
And finally in a world where singles are becoming ever more prominent, what were some of the driving factors in deciding to release these tracks as an album? What advice would you give to any other artists considering releasing a body of music as an album?
Well, I would recommend an album to artists so that they can showcase their artistic skills, take listeners on an album journey, and include a variety of genres. When fans purchase the album, they are looking forward to the experience, from the intro to the outro tracks. It shouldn’t be a DJ set or compilation; it should be a story of a journey.
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