We had the good fortune of connecting with RAYLR and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi RAYLR, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
The thing that makes us happy is getting to make music together. As a group of creatives, it is incredibly fulfilling to be able to grow in our musical abilities, band chemistry, and most importantly our friendships with each other.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
RAYLR emerged from a handful of collaborative projects amongst friends that ended in the formation of a band. While primarily existing in the indie pop/rock universe, we provide a diverse sound from our varying musical backgrounds. Our music draws influence from many of our favorite bands, including The 1975, The Band Camino, and John Mayer. Our shows are not only about playing good music, but are also about creating memorable experiences that bring people together. Unique to our situation, things have generally come easy. We live together, allowing for a consistent flow of work and creativity. We have learned a lot about the relationship between our life as a band and our life as friends and roommates. Specifically, we are always learning how to make sure we are taking care of our relationships with one another, as that deeply impacts our success as a band.
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.
The Reverse Orangutan in Glendora is our go-to for coffee and would be the first stop on the itinerary. Right up the street, we would grab some sandwiches at Plaza Produce and then head to Crust and Crumble for a great variety of fresh baked pastries and breads. If we were in need of some adventure, we could head up to Mount Baldy for a beautiful hike above the city. Other must-do adventures include a drive up Glendora Mountain Road, a round of disc golf at Northside Park in Azusa, and a hike to the cross atop the foothills. Finally, we’d end each day with a trip to either Bumble Bee or Daily Donuts. If the car breaks down, have no fear! B&D Auto has got you covered.
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?
Our manager, Lauren Brasesco, is the reason we are where we are as a band. She has gone above and beyond to make sure that we continue to move in the right direction. We love her and are so thankful for her. Azusa Pacific University, during the presidency of the amazing Jon Wallace, is where we all met. We are so thankful for that place and all that it means to us. It allowed us the space and opportunity to grow in many different ways which led us to where we are today.
Brandon Ignacio, Ashley Baker, Philip Nesbitt, Taylor Warnecke