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  • Tessa Brainard

Interview: "Acting Up" - Renon

Photo Credit: Studio Sans

"Acting Up" is such an amazing song! Can you talk about the story behind it?

Renon: I wrote it at a time when I was tired of writing sad songs and wanted to have a song of mine that made me feel good about myself. So I used my experience with some men to let those feelings out. It was mostly based on this short-lived fling I had that ended badly when it really didn't have to. It annoyed me how dramatic he made it when he could've just taken no as an answer and said goodbye.

This song is perfect for anyone in need of an empowering anthem. What advice would you give to listeners caught up in a hookup situation gone wrong like the one described in the song?

Renon: Don't waste your time. If anyone you just wanted to have a nice hookup with is making you feel bad in any way, it's really not worth it. Put on a playlist that reminds you of your worth, and say goodbye to that person

How do you feel songwriting empowers you personally?

Renon: Songwriting is like journaling for me. It's a space where I can truthfully put all my thoughts and feelings into the air. I can tell the stories I want to tell in the way I want to tell them and make art I am proud of because it comes from the heart. Even with a song like "Acting Up", which is not that deep or meaningful, it is still honest. It's a part of my story, no matter how small and silly the situation was.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Renon: I would say Amy Winehouse, Paramore, Banks, Charli XCX, and The Neighbourhood really influenced my vocal and production style.

Photo Credit: Studio Sans

If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would you choose?

Renon: I think Rihanna would have to be up there for me. That would just be too iconic. Maybe Ashnikko too, or Lizzy McAlpine. There are too many on my list to choose from.

What can listeners expect to hear from you moving forward?

Renon: I generally love conceptual projects, and "Acting Up" is only the beginning of a whole story. Look forward to lots of easter eggs and lots of music. If everything goes as planned, my second EP will also be coming soon.

Interviewed By Tessa Brainard



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