Hi Kelly, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Quite busy! i’m doing some music for a play in kingston and trying to keep up with this release, but it’s good to be busy again, as i had a slow, quiet winter.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Running Through The Night”?
It’s a dance floor power-hit that protests rape culture, slut-shaiming and victim-blaming. I’m very happy with the energy and sounds in the song. I think Mark Andrade (my producer) and I were able to create the aesthetic we wanted.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It was semi-inspired by Slutwalk, and those ideas. It was about being frustrated to have my safety threatened as a woman walking at night. i love walking and my budget doesn’t include cabs every time i’m out at night. the way we talk about this issue leaves the responsibility to women, or anyone else who might be vulnerable (QTPOC, or even small- framed /feminine strait cis men) to “stay safe”, or “be careful”, but bad things can happen to any one of us at any time, no matter what we’re wearing, or how safe a neighbourhood we are in. So the song was meant to be an anthem that you can sing to yourself when you want to feel empowered, and not like a weak thing to be preyed on. for that walk through the parking lot when that terror feeling starts creeping over you. its a “fuck you” to that.
How was the film experience? (do you mean making the video?)
Making the video was fun because it was just a silly time with one of my best friends who i could feel comfortable doing those epic hair flip shots with. it was pretty funny sitting up on the bridge and waiting for people to walk or bike by. everyone was pretty supportive though. we got some encouraging honks that weren’t like offensive they were women yelling “you look awesome!” and stuff, so that was nice.
The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the album after your moniker?
I guess it just felt right. I didn’t want to mess around with choosing an album title that i might not like a year later, and it didn’t feel necessary to have another name.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing those songs was nice actually. It flowed pretty nicely, and I was able to pull out a new side of me musically that I had always wanted to explore but not had the right band/platform to do it. I’m bit of a control freak so working on most of it solo was good for me, and mark is really nice, open, accommodating, not stubborn or over-bearing. we have a good balance of skills where i have the pop-sensability, vocal and melodic strength, and he has his ambient dynamic ableton electronic experimental world, and i think its good when the two meet somewhere in the middle.
What emotions get to inspire the songs on this album?
I might branch out from specific emotions to ideas around independence, empowering women, connecting to nature, motivating when we feel weak and vulnerable. most renders material comes from a soul-soothing, pick-me-up kinda place.
What led you to explore this aspects of a human relationship?
I think women can use all the positive motivation, expression of anger and other ideas about what a women should be or want or do. i thank renders is a persona that is a role model to myself and others. its an exaggeration of the strongest, most fierce and fabulous part of me. but it allows itself to be soft and sensitive too, which makes it even stronger and more connected to femininity.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ve been feeling pretty isolated in Peterborough Ontario. I’m still somewhat connected to the toronto scene that i was a part of but now that i’ve been living elsewhere for a few years i feel a bit forgotten about. I would love to get out and do more shows/touring in places that appreciate electro, dance and synths more.
What else is happening next in RENDERS’ world?
For now, the main focus is the EP release July 8, and getting some shows. I’m hoping to expand my band a bit so i can share the stage with some others. Mark will likely help me out and i’d love to have some other strong women to back me up. i’ve got some more songs to work on, so maybe one of these days i’ll get a grant so that i can record and release some more tunes.
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