Stephan Rau is a Singer-Songwriter and Composer. He mainly plays his own music but also covers songs. He lives with his wife, and two kids in Berlin´s Kaskelkiez.
Music is not just notes and rhythm. It´s about taking risks and showing your soul.
Born in East Berlin in 1975, Stephan left the GDR and emigrated with his mother to West Berlin in 1977. Stephan grew up in Berlin Kreuzberg and Friedenau. His passion for music began when he was about five years old listening to old Beatles LPs he found in the music-fund of his mother. Yet his first artistic passion was painting. In his teens he also discovered literature as a form of expression.
Stephan was influenced by classic Rock- and Pop-Bands such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, The Police and U2. At seventeen he a friend showed him how to play the guitar. He was covering songs – and very soon tried to write his own material.
The passion for making music and most of all songwriting has evolved for more than. And yet it feels to him as if his work musical work today is just the beginning. Every song is like crossing the border to an unknown country. Writing songs is always about taking a risk and exploring the exciting realms of your the soul.
Ovation CLASSIC 1613: This lady is quite old. We went through a lot together. It´s like a marriage: You fight, you get some scars – and still I love her like I loved her when I first saw her in a little Music-Store in Freiburg. She proves that love at first sight can last forever. Wrote a whole lot of songs on her. Hope there will be many more.
Richwood G-65-CEVA: The Richwood is brand-new and we are just in the state of discovering each other. After all these years the time was more than ripe to add a Western Guitar to my equipment so as to get a wider variety of sounds and colours.
No-Name Indian Guitar: I don´t want to forget her although I have never played her since I left India ten years ago. The sound is terrible. You break your fingers when you play her. Yet she gave me good company when I felt lonely on the other side of the world.
In a hall of mirrors, we brave hand in hand. Seafaring to this land. Journey on with the wind.
Wait here, wait till the day it is dawning. For the sun it will shine on our souls.
Oh Julia, who´d thought a man like me could ever fail?
I open up my heart, surrender all the wars inside.
I once was smart, hm, I once was cool. Now I masturbate myself thinking of you.
Gigs, Shows, events. Not that there are so many. But once in a while I play here and there. Stay connected.