To melodize freedom sounds great, but not everyone can do it. Because studio skills alone are not enough. You have to have experienced them, done your thing. Rainer „Ray“ Gärtner is one of those. One who is on the road in the world. One who has been making music for a long time and has brought it to stages all over Europe. His songs are inspired by the vibes of the California Bay Area as well as by the time he lived in Africa. IMPALA RAY is the sound you want to hear when you let go.
In 2014, shortly after the Munich singer and guitarist Ray finally decides that a office life is not the right thing for him, he starts anew and founds IMPALA RAY. He plays 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 starts with the first album „Old Mill Valley“, which reduces Ray’s 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.