Interview – Render Ghosts

We’ve featured the band Render Ghosts a few times now, so I thought it was time we finally got around to interviewing them. I sat down with Iain Chambers to find out a little more about their music, which you can read below.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Keeping My Number. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

Keeping My Number is a summery song that has a bittersweet lyric about the aftermath of a breakup and one party wanting to keep the other’s number, perhaps not accepting that it’s really over. You can find the track here https://re…

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

It’s definitely hindered our ambitions for live shows, which are only happening now in 2022. But in terms of the creative process, we like writing parts of songs in quite a modular way, so I expect we would have worked separately in any case.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

One of us originates a sketch and sends it to another for further writing and extra layers. Once we’re happy with the structure we dig into the arrangement and production, to produce as finished a track as possible for Tamara to sing to.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

We’ve just released four singles and an album so we’ll let that digest first, but we have a lot of new unreleased songs that we’re really excited about, so it shouldn’t be too long until our next release.

You recently released your debut album. What can you tell us about the album?

It runs the gamut of what we do, our musical influences and what we want to hear. There’s some very poppy songs, some slow burning torch songs, some darker electronic atmospheres and some uncategorisable quasi baroque electronic music. Something for everyone.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

Recently I’ve been listening to Orlando Weeks’ album Hop Up, as well as Julian Sartorius and Natasha Barrett. My own influences on my Render Ghosts work are quite synth heavy music like Georgio Moroder and early Talk Talk, and I think there’s also subconscious influences from going clubbing, so music like Ritchie Hawtin, Two Lone Swordsmen and Radioactive Man.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We’re in London and Utrecht. There’s so much going on in London that it’s hard to summarise!

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We’re playing our first ever show soon, at The Finsbury in London on May 27th, then hopefully we’ll also have dates in the Netherlands late in the year.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Pure pop energy!

Any last words for the fans?

We’ve been really excited by the reaction to our first releases and we can’t wait to perform these songs live, having had them in our heads for the last year.