Crejuvent is a solo independent music project. Prying away the best elements from various metal genres, the mastermind behind Crejuvent has crafted a unique style that feels heavy, sounds progressive and no matter how you redraw the lines, remains metal.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
They tend to change every now and again, but the ones that have been consistent throughout the years are Devin Townsend (and Strapping Young Lad), maybe Mudvayne, Cynic, Jaco Pastorious, Beyond Creation, etc. I think those are the ones that would have influenced my playing style the most, however when it comes to writing I find I’m more influenced by whatever I’m listening to at the time.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Nah not really. There’s genres that I listen to less than others but I enjoy a lot of different types of music. I’ve been getting more into the more known Disney songs, that might upset a few people I suppose.
- What’s next for the band?
Well, I got a new single coming out on May 18th along with a music video! It’s a cover of Vesti La Giubba, the famous aria from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci opera. I’ll be releasing it with a B-side called Blue Spirit, an 8 and a half minute progressive metal epic based on Zuko from Avatar The Last Airbender (best show ever). I’m well excited to release it, I reckon it’ll resonate with a lot of people!
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Well it definitely made RELEASING music much easier. I think it really lowered the monetary value of music quite a lot as it’s cheaper than ever to actually listen to music, but if you’re smart you can make up the loss of income from elsewhere – such as live shows, mercy, etc. Obviously if you’re a one man band such as myself it’s made it much easier for me to actually get the music out there, but it’s a lot harder to get noticed in the sea of self-released music.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Sure, I’m quite an internally angry fellow and that seems to come across in my music quite a lot. I also take my sexual frustration out on the music, which is why it sounds the way it does.
Sometimes I’ll be lyrically influenced by a film or something. The track “Code Orange” from the Time EP is sort of based on the themes from A Clockwork Orange. I wrote the whole B-side to this upcoming single to be based around the character development of Zuko from Avatar The Last Airbender, as I found his development to be very fitting of the Sonata structure.
- Can you describe your sound?
It’s a manic culmination of the best elements from all genres of extreme metal. It’s at times melodic, at times super heavy, sometimes it’s diatonic and sometimes it’s super dissonant. There’s screaming, there’s clean vocals, there are whispers, there’s everything whilst still maintaining a clear and coherent sound. The identity of the music may be rooted in an immature identity crisis, but the music itself is as beautiful as it is heavy.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
I’ve been getting into Leprous more recently, so far I haven’t heard a single bad song from them! I saw them live a couple of years ago but only just recently got around to checking them out. I’ve been blasting the new Devin Townsend album quite a lot (which should be of no surprise to anyone) and I think it’s absolutely fantastic. I discovered Igorrr a few months ago and I’m just loving it – that sort of manic heavy sound really resonates with me. And, like I said previously, I’ve been blasting the more well known Disney song – particularly the Tarzan soundtrack I think is amazing!
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
The universe just pulled me into it I suppose. How does anyone get into anything really? I wasn’t getting laid in high school so I just stayed home practicing bass and now here we are! I started Crejuvent as I found I was playing in all these bands but I wasn’t really scratching my songwriting itch and I felt I needed a project which gave me total creative freedom. Hence why it takes me ages to do anything – I’m so busy with other bands and projects that I can only devote my spare time to Crejuvent, and I don’t really get a lot of spare time. I’d want to get a full band together, but I want to get the RIGHT people for the job, and I’m in no rush to do so.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
I do everything myself. It’ll usually start with a single riff and then I build up on that on my DAW. Sometimes I’ll have a whole song sort of fleshed out in my head before I start recording, other times It’ll only be like a section of it then I create the rest by just developing ideas. I don’t really have one concrete way of writing songs for Crejuvent, it’s just whatever flows most naturally. I don’t wanna force a fart and end up with shit, not with Crejuvent anyway.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Alien by Strapping Young Lad. It’s super heavy, it’s well produced, it’s got a great sound to it and it really feels like a trip. It’s got the best closing track of any album ever as well!
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
I’d love to go on tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse. That’d be fantastic! They seem like fun guys as well, but primarily I think the music would go really great together. Especially now that I’m releasing this single – it totally fits their style!
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I’ve heard this is a trend that more artists are pursuing, but I don’t listen to many artists that actually do this. It makes sense though, and its sort of what I’m trying out with Crejuvent now. People seem to have less spare time these days, so less time to work on songs, so it makes sense that instead of focusing your energy on a massive release that people will hardly buy physical copies of anyway (especially if you’re a solo artist such as myself) your efforts become a bit more scattered.