A long overdue blog update!

In Music, Photography, Uncategorized by rainerwilleke

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t updated this blog more recently, but I guess my time is being distributed across more social platforms these days. And besides that, a LOT has changed for me these past few years.

Big changes

Let’s see…where to start? Oh yeah, my partner and I moved cities from beautiful Victoria, British Columbia to a smaller community on Vancouver Island in 2017. We were ready to look for our first home together and decided it was the perfect time to move to a smaller community and a home with enough space for our long-term plans.

Next came 6 months of various home renovations, particularly including the build of my professionally designed, converted-bedroom music production studio.

Finding inspiration

While home renovations were going on, I tried to spend a lot of time outdoors working on new content for Rainer Willeke Photography. Some of my favourite photos are now also available to license at the Adobe Stock website.

Love and marriage

Once things settled down from the renovations, my partner and I decided to get married!!! Woohoo!!! πŸ™‚

Creative immersion

After getting used to the new studio space and dialing it in to my liking, the winter of 2019 was the beginning of a long period of me being in the creative flow zone. Endless hours with seemingly boundless energy in the studio went on for months, as I laid the foundations for what I planned to be Rainer Willeke Music‘s first album.

Then the global pandemic came, which caused me to rethink my album plans and find alternate ways to get album guests to provide their performances via remote methods, rather than in person. In 2020 I spent an unprecedented (for me) amount of time working on my songs and accompanying music videos and at this point have released 3 of them, with more coming very soon.

New releases

My first released single, Still, No Rain, was the first track I released that included remote performances from both old and new musical friends, including featured vocalist Ken Ermter, who also co-wrote the lyrics.

My next release, entitled You…, is an emotional and dynamic Indie pop rock track with jazzy elements, evoking feelings of love, loss, and longing.

And my most recent release, Sunrise, is an Indie pop chillwave style track with a light and breezy feel, infectious groove, and more jazzy saxophone elements.

I’m still working on the final production elements for the remaining songs in this project, with the next releases coming very soon!

Putting it out there

You can stream my music on Spotify, watch my videos on YouTube, and you can follow me on most social media channels – please visit RainerWillekeMusic.com for all my social links.

P.S. I’ll try to post a blog update a little sooner next time! πŸ™‚