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!!! 🙂

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! 🙂

Studio upgrades, writing, recording…

In Music by rainerwilleke

Hi everyone! Well I’ve been on a mission for quite a while now to upgrade my studio’s recording and playback equipment and to improve my mixing environment. New monitors, controllers, mics, preamps, converters, etc.  I’ve always found that learning new gear, although it can slow you down a bit initially, can lead to the discovery of new musical ideas! I’m working on a wide variety of original pieces, getting closer to a finished product every day!  Here’s a quick snap of the state of my mission control tonight.

Home Studio Feb 2015

I have a few more hardware controllers arriving this week which will complete my new setup (for now).  I promise I will post some new music soon! 🙂

Bald Eagles 2014

In Photography by rainerwilleke

Hi folks!  I wanted to share this composite of 10 bald eagle images I shot around southern Vancouver Island BC Canada in 2014.  Cheers!

2014 Bald Eagle Composite

2014 Bald Eagle Composite

Looking back on 2014…and Happy New Year!

In Uncategorized by rainerwilleke

Well it seems impossible that 2015 could actually have arrived, but alas…

Looking back on a fantastic 2014, I have many great memories.  Numerous road trips, fun gigs with Groove Kitchen, developing my songwriting technique while learning new studio software and hardware, re-discovering playing guitar and bass (badly, so far!), and discovering all sorts of amazing places to take photos.  I made a concerted effort in the second half of 2014 to devote a lot of my spare time to the development of my creative pursuits and am looking forward to taking that to the next level in 2015 and beyond!  After a long break (years!) from writing and recording original music, I’m feeling the ideas flowing and recording them whenever I can.  I love the process of music production with today’s DAW software and it feels great to be back doing it again!  On the photography side of things, I’ve collected several great pieces of kit – lenses, filters, a new full-frame camera body, and studio lighting.  Learning how to get the best from all this gear is great fun and I hope that I keep making better and better images as a result.

You can check out more about what I’m up to with music and photography using the links to my online profiles at right.  I have published high resolution versions of some of my photos which are available for licensing at my 500px.com page.

Thanks for visiting my site.  I wish you all the very best that 2015 has to offer!

Rainer

Welcome!

In Uncategorized by rainerwilleke

Well I’ve been meaning to launch a new personal website for some time now, and here it is!  I’ll be adding lots more content over the coming months and updating you all on the progress of my projects via the blog.

At this time of year, my Raindog Solutions business tends to be very busy right until we close for annual holidays over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.  Since leaving the band Groove Kitchen in June 2014, I’ve been working in my studio on new original music projects, as well as making studio improvements, taking saxophone & guitar lessons, relearning photography, and refreshing my training as a web designer/developer.

I tend to go through phases in life, and lately it’s been a productive and creative one.  So, I’ll have plenty of photos and music to share in the coming months, but for the time being, I’m going to keep riding that productive and creative wave! 🙂