We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan “Rane” Kraska and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ryan, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
As a musician and songwriter, I take pride in knowing that all the lyrics I write are inspired by the events in my life. I use music as a way to document the important moments and spread my stories to others. So, I don’t plan on giving up until I’m out of stories to tell, but even that wouldn’t matter if I didn’t feel the deeper need to share my experiences. Anyone can say “if as long as what you’re doing makes you happy, don’t stop doing it”, and I’m not saying that’s wrong, but I think it’s also important to consider the effect your work has on people other than yourself as well. Consider why you’re doing it in the first place; I write songs because translating my emotions into music is the best way for me to rationalize how I feel. And because of this, I know that if I end up releasing the song, there might be someone who listens to it and realizes they are in the same situation, and maybe the song helps them understand how they’re feeling in a way they couldn’t if the song never existed. There are so many songs that I wish existed when I was younger, so I make an effort to be that influence for those who currently feel the way I used to feel. But he only way to truly determine if you should keep going is if you feel that what you are doing is “worth it” on a cosmic scale, whatever that means to you and only you.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In a world of radio hits with no underlying meaning, my music is more than just a catchy chorus. I’m currently excited to be working on a collection of songs that tell the story from beginning to end about a guy from another state and the progression of my feelings toward him over a six-month span. I love seeing things go from an audio note on my phone to a quick demo before I decide how I want the final song to sound. I’ve been playing instruments for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t actually start writing my own music until the end of my time at elementary school. My first songs were far from perfect, but they provided me with the fundamentals that I still think about when writing. It’s a lot more than just thinking emotions and writing them down; lyricism is connecting the words (which is already a feat of it’s own, deciding on where to put direct events or figurative language or the word “baby”) to the music itself to reflect the emotion you want to share. I think that’s something people often overlook with songs. Listeners will be able to hear the emotional disconnect unless the music and the lyrics complement each other to create one cohesive piece.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

I’ll be honest, there aren’t many places I would recommend in Arizona, but I do love Downtown Glendale during the day. It’s a quiet place to walk around and there are little shops and restaurants to go to with your friends. Since hiking trails are also a dime a dozen, I love finding new mountains to climb up to watch the sunset.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Within my music career, I wouldn’t be anywhere without Zane Luna, Kalini Jade, and Noah Strykes encouraging me throughout the years and working with me on our projects. We have all gotten closer over the last 5+ to form a team where trust and honestly allow us to create the best product in the end. I know I can always count on them to give me advice when it’s the middle of the night and I can’t quite get a lyric to sound right. Without their dedication to the music, my songs would still be sitting on a page in a book in the back of my closet. And of course I have to thank my number one supporter of everything I do in life, My Mom. She’s the only person I know who plays my songs on loop before I even get a chance to finish them.

Website: http://www.strykesrecords.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryanjrane/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RaneDELILAH

Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@doublevisionband

Image Credits
Kalini Jade, Noah Strykes

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