I'm not dead...

Where have I been? Oh, a little of this a little of that. Mostly just trying to retain the attention span to create another full-length album (I'm not incredibly successful). I've released a couple of singles while I work to find the next sound of the album. Chronos and Shades were released within the last two months of posting this My collaboration with To the Stars, We Return (Justin Dye) Artwork by Lock and Load Design -

So, yes, I have been active, just not focused on any one thing in particular. I feel like the album I'm trying to make is leaning towards electro-industrial/EBM. You know, the heavier side of electronic music. I've been very inspired by groups such as Spetsnaz and And One lately, having discovered them over the summer, so that may show some sort of inspiration in my music to come. At this point, I'm going with whatever flow my head follows at the moment. I'm going to try to update this blog more often, but sometimes I think most of my thoughts aren't worth putting up here. Yet, I don't want this to be just another promo-corner for me. Either way, I'll try and get more of me up here so we can interact and I can say what's going on through this circuitry-filled pot of synth called my head. I've met quite a few people recently who have proven to be totally cool. Most notably Mark Bebb from Weareshelter and FORM, and Runer who DJs and was kind enough to play one of lesser-known songs "Grip". It's nice to make so many connections and meet new people. I haven't had so many friends and acquaintances in my life, so it's really eye-opening. I'm thankful for every one and every bit of interaction I get. This reminds me of something else that has been on my mind lately. Spotify Wrapped has been on the net again as of recently (which is to be expected at the end of the year). This is also really eye-opening, as I realize that I have over 200,000 plays in total over the course of the past two years! These are my stats for 2021!

Now, this is something I NEVER expected to happen in my life. I'm completely and totally grateful for everyone who listens!! The funny thing is that most of the plays for the last two years are from a single song I have called "Eclipse" from the Departure album. I'm having some trouble getting tracks out there that people like just as much. I feel like that one song has carried me so far and a lot of my other ones haven't been heard that much!! It's especially funny to me, but that only makes me work harder towards quality. I'm very happy about this and never thought that track would even be heard when I wrote it. To be completely honest, I feel like that's one of the most formulaic and boring tracks on the album at this point, but I totally felt it when I was making it, and am glad that other people still do. I still love the track, but not as much as the others (I wrote the damn thing I can say that). After seeing this, and a few other people's Spotify wrapped stats, I saw a very moving post from Michael Oakley in the Synthwave Facebook group. I would link it, but it is a private group and wouldn't show here. Basically the post was about how artists with less streams or followers shouldn't feel bad because eventually they will grow, and patience and determination are key. I can't quote him verbatim, but it was something to that effect. Knowing that someone with his influence and following could show compassion for the so-called "little guys" is very touching to me. I also want anyone out there who only has a small following to know that you can grow, and you will, and to never give up. I'm going further than I expected by 22 years old, and it's never too late to begin. And to Michael, thank you. If you're seeing this, we need more people like you in the world. I think that's all I have for this post, but I'll be sure to post again before the new year. If you want to connect with me, my social links are below, and I'd love to meet and hear from you! To you, with all my cybernetic love, ~Rayne~ Facebook:


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