Interview with ren
James Gilmore sits behind the new (but soon to be very famous) artist behind some of the most angsty "teen angst" music of the new decade.
James Gilmore
Published 09 March 2020

Some artists just have “it”.

ren (real name Lauren, as you may have expected) first surfaced in 2019 with her single “waves” – and ever since her brand of teen angst and heartbreak bops have racked up hundreds of thousands (if not, millions) of streams, filling the void for an authentic, young voice singing about relatable problems.

We first discovered her when she released single “idc”, an alt-pop banger (by all definitions of “banger”) about frustration in relationships, featuring the iconic lyric: “Every time you reply with a syllable, every “k” might as well stand for killable”. The song, as well as follow-ups “new way” and “i drive me mad” capture the mood of an entire generation fed up with living in a state of mediocracy and always wanting better.

When you first meet ren, you immediately realise why label executives are so excited about her – her bubbly personality, paired with her ambition to spread her message and ability to co-write the catchiest of hooks, mean you can obsess over more than just her music. She embodies what it’s like to be a teenager today – she’s unapologetically herself and isn’t afraid to speak the truth about 21st century life.

And… the music is really good too!!! ren's debut EP "Teenage Angst" is out on March 13th.

James Gilmore sat down with ren in London to talk upcoming music, anxiety, boys and so much more.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

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