Positive ‘Vibes’: Raine Wilder gets personal on new albumWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Raine Wilder is a big believer in the law of attraction and the power of now — so much so that he’s got “333” tattooed behind his ear for the perfect balance of mind, body and soul.
If his latest album “Vibes” is any indication, it’s that the power of positive thinking has pulled him through his darkest days and paved the way for much brighter ones ahead.
“A lot of the album is just about helping people,” Wilder said. “Just saying, ‘I’ve gone through this and I’ve done that, and you can make it through it, too.’”
From the opening title track about his struggle to make it as a musician, to the uplifting nature about pressing on in “Lights,” the acknowledgement of his past mistakes on “Retrospect” and the catchy chorus about getting out of his own way on “Me and Myself,” Wilder takes listeners through the ebb and flow of his life on his latest record, all the while leaving them with something to look forward to.
“I just think it kind of goes along with me studying more, like I said, the law of attraction and the power of now, and just about how everything is vibes,” Wilder said about his latest music. “People don’t believe it, but even my girlfriend, she’ll say, ‘I can’t do that’ or something like that. I’ll be like, ‘Take that out of your vocabulary. If you tell yourself you can or you can’t, you’re right.’”
Recorded and mixed by Steve Dwyer (OnceOver, Tropic Bombs) at Axiom Sound Studios, “Vibes” also features contributions from VTZ, Anno Domini Beats, PS Beats, Determinate Productions, Sinima, Aasen Blodoorn (aka Aasen Bloe), Dave Mohr and Anthony Gonzales. Three songs also have guest spots from Aasen Bloe and A-Laz on an album that displays an atmospheric sound with pianos, guitars, bass and beats.
“I’m really, really excited to put it out,” Wilder said. “It’s different. It’s as catchy and as good as ‘Wildfire,’ but [it has] its own life.”
Born Ryan Rolsten, the 33-year-old Wilder said he knew since third grade he could make music that people wanted to hear. He started singing around the age of 15. However, his pursuit to make it in music wasn’t always as focused as it is now.
In his early 20s, Wilder said his life mostly revolved around doing cocaine and selling drugs. Additionally, he went through several failed relationships because he felt like he had to have someone in his life to feel worthwhile. Eventually, Wilder grew tired of that downward spiral and put his attention back onto what he knew as a child made him happy: music.
“That was the down point because I just kind of seemed I could let other people control my happiness and stuff,” Wilder said. “So one day, I was just sick of it. I just started saying, ‘This is me. This is my life, and whatever my experience [is] and however people treat me has nothing to do with how I feel on the inside and what I can achieve.’”
For Wilder, those achievements have come in two full-length albums – 2011’s “Birthplace of Aviation” and 2013’s “Wildfire” – that he’s proud of, a successful 2012 UK tour that expanded his audience and a memorable spot on Warped Tour in Detroit this past summer, among others.
“I think it’s harder to make it from here, but I think it would mean I worked 200 times harder than that rapper from L.A. who had one hit because he lived in L.A., you know?” Wilder said.
Wilder will perform at a “Vibes” CD release party on Oct. 11 at Frankie’s Inner City, 308 Main St., that will also feature OnceOver, Goodbye Blue Skies and Jamie Baumgartner. The album will be available Oct. 14. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Doors are at 8 p.m. For more information, visit innovationconcerts.com.
Wilder and his team also have big plans for 2015, including more touring, a spot at SXSW and performing all of Warped Tour next summer.
“I think this will be our year, hopefully,” Wilder said. “This new album’s really good, and we’ve got some good things going on that we’re working on right now.”