RAENNER is a band made up of three songwriters from Vienna, Austria, namely Lukas, Felix and Andreas, with lots of experience in the heavy music scene. RAENNER is modern pop based on underground rock/punk elements combined with hiphop beats and electro influences. Which got its name from a 2022 pop project.
With a new Ep underway the band sought to talk about the struggles they go through while losing themselves in times of disorientation – when all available paths seem too hard or no worth it.
More revelations were made about the band and their personal lives and musical journey in a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh
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What is your stage name
RAENNER, we are an alternative pop music band from Vienna/Austria
How could you describe your music?
Probably alternative pop music with a focus on big vocal productions and guitars, but we don’t really try to fit in any genre. At least we don’t think about it that much.
Describe your creative process.
We always start with the instrumental. The chords go first, then the drums. In the end we discuss the topic we want to write about and begin collecting vocal & lyric ideas. Finally we put everything together and start figuring out the details of the production. Sometimes that process takes 2-3 sessions. Sometimes it takes literally years 🙂
What is your main inspiration?
Musically, probably the bands that we’ve been jamming for years like Bring me the horizon and nothing nowhere. Lyrically, we write about the challenges in life and how they influence relationships and how we think about ourselves.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Actually yeah, we all had and still have other projects going so we had a lot of different creative approaches. The only certain thing was that we wanted to write pop songs with an alternative feel to it. At first we started out with a lot of EDM elements and after a while we brought back guitars. After about 2 years of trying out stuff it clicked. Now we feel like we arrived at a really comfortable place where we can be creative without changing our vision 24/7.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
There are no competitors in music, but there are people we admire, people we don’t have anything in common with and people we stay away from. At the end one thing is clear – without other artists, there is no fan community we can convince to listen to our stuff. We’re all in this together. No artist should forget this.
What are your interests outside of music?
We love to experience new things. That’s why all three of us love to travel as much as possible. Not only, but especially because new places and memories really inspire our music. Our third single „The south up north “for example was written during and after a trip to New York earlier this year.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Only Felix our guitarist is a full-time musician. Andreas is a part time teacher and music producer and I’m in marketing.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
The hardest part is accepting that a song is done. It takes a lot of self-discipline (for me especially) to stop trying to play around with it indefinitely. It’s difficult to let go, but in the end it almost always pays off!
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
Being an influencer and being an artist are two completely separate things. Forcing artists to act like influencers in order to become successful just takes away the focus from the art. I mean sharing your journey with fans is great – investing hours into various „funny“ videos to make the music blow up on TikTok not so much.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
We’re from Vienna and we wanted to use a short name that is rooted in the history of our home town. Curious? If you follow us on Instagram you’ll get the rest of the story
What are your plans for the coming months?
We’re gonna release 3 more singles off of our debut EP „The demos “After that we will start working on Album #1. Really excited for that!!
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
Already working on this, but it’s still a secret.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
RAENNER is still a fresh project and there’s lots more to come. So better get on board the hype train fast 🙂