In 2014, shortly after I decided that a office life is not the right thing for me, I started anew and founded IMPALA RAY. I played in parks, next to the Isar in Munich and during shitty weather in laundrettes – with fresh new sounds. If you want to get in touch with people, you can do just as well with tuba and dulcimer as with African drums and experimental beats. What counts are the songs and the journey we go on with them.
The trip started with my first album „Old Mill Valley“, which reduces my own roots to the roots of folk and blues. Two years later the first hit „The Gambler“ leads directly to „From the Valley to the Sea“. The second record experiments with more punch and relaxed delay to give a short break with the summer track „Stay“. A lot has happened between home and West Coast: IMPALA RAY’s music has thrilled stages and blogs and made up lots of ground internationally. Now I’m writing new songs for my upcoming third album JANGWAR SUMMERS releasing in fall 2019 before I hit the road with my band again to tour throughout Europe.
NEW SHOES is about the inspiring feeling that a new start can bring. These New Shoes are a metaphor: I have new shoes, walk and walk and leave the old, dark life behind me. I’ll start over. It is the irrepressible motivation from the creation of something new with which one can reach for the stars, even if in this case they are only fake brand shoes. This is what I experienced: Even if the children there in the slums have little, they create their own world. They colourfully paint their old no-name sneakers with felt pens and sign the logos of well-known brands. The kids themselves have created something new, feel like little kings in their self-styled shoes and that encourages them to look ahead. The NEW SHOES video was made at this very location. In the Mathare Slum of Nairobi. Included in the luggage a load of counterfeit brand shoes ala Impala Ray. I shot the music video together with a school group, which I prepared for the shoot with locals. The sophisticated production of NEW SHOES again comes from Sven Ludwig (OK KID). Similar to the self-styled old shoes, we created something new in the studio after chasing an African wooden xylophone through various digital effects and compressors. The result is a rousing pop number with a very catchy xylophone melody combined with fresh sounds and a lot of African vibe. Summer can come!