Interview: CREJUVENT UK-based extreme metal solo project on new metal cover of an opera piece and more.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce its readers to an interview we had with Federico “Freddy” Spera of one-man extreme metal project CREJUVENT, based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
After releasing his first demo materials under the name of Pretty Demos back in the days in 2015 and debuting with TIME EP in 2017, Crejuvent is back on track with a brand new single released on May 18th, 2019 called VESTI LA GIUBBA. The single represents a cover of an aria belonging to the bespoken Italian opera piece “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo revolving around a story of love, betrayal and insanity approached as a full metal cover. It’s been released along with a video and its eight minute epic B-side called Blue Spirit.
In this interview our editor-in-chief Alex is catching up with Freddy to discuss the mindset behind the project and influences, sound and songrwriting process, challenges and more.
- Hello Crejuvent and welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Let’s give our readers a wider view on your project by talking about the mindset behind it and your influences.
Hello, my name is Freddy and Crejuvent is my solo extreme metal project. It came from a necessity to freely write and release whatever stupid excuse for music I could conjure up with. My influences include Devin Townsend, Cynic, Mudvayne, Jaco Pastorius, The Shaggs, amongst many others.
- Let’s get to know you any better, who are you outside of your Crejuvent project?
I pretty much don’t have much of a life outside of music. I do an awful lot of cooking, I enjoy gaming a bit, drinking with buddies, the usual shit really. I like woodworking and DIY in general also.
- What’s the message you wish to spread with your music and what main lyrical themes are important for you to discuss?
I don’t think there’s a specific message I want to get across. Each song is lyrically different, although there’s usually a reoccurring theme of existentialism or something. Ultimately it’s up to the listener to interpret the songs however they want.
- How do you see the soundscape you fit in and what goals do you set to yourself to create something outstanding?
I don’t really set myself a goal when writing. I like to have a vision in place, but that’s a bit different. I don’t write music with a “goal” in mind, I write it because of the process, it’s a way for me to make sense of things.
- Describe your sound in a few adjectives best representing your music output.
Sensual, heavy, confusing. Very much like my love life.
- What were the most challenging aspects working on your new single Vesti La Giubba released on May 18th, 2019?
My newest release is a cover of an opera piece. The hardest part was arranging the parts and the chords for guitars. It was challenging but a lot of fun! The B-side to the single was one of the more intricate mixes I worked on as there are a lot of layers of different sounds, and I was trying to work out of my comfort zone so I did a lot of new things I wouldn’t normally do engineering wise.
- In terms of the writing process, what was different for this album as opposed to your previous material and how has the sound actually progressed?
I learn more and more about myself the more I write. So with this release you could argue that the sound is a bit more mature, and somewhat more focused. It’s still a chaotic mess of metaphorical mental garbage, but you can hear my new influences in the release and how I’ve applied what I learned from my previous releases.
- And how much have you also changed as a musician or individual over the years?
Not TOO much really, I’m still just as confused and angry as ever. On a more technical level I learned a lot over the years about how things work in the industry, what works and what doesn’t.
- What are some of the most memorable and coolest things you have experienced at a show so far?
Once this old woman (who was the owner of the venue) came up to me saying she was enjoying the band I was playing with so much she was touching herself during our set. Oh and once some guy passed out drunk in front of our stage – that wouldn’t be too memorable but there was LITERALLY no one else watching us.
- What else do you have in store in 2019? Any upcoming projects ahead and any revelation you wish to share with our readers.
Well, I got this new single coming out on May 18th which should kick ass! Once that’s done, I’ll work on new music and see how that turns out!
Thank you for your time and we wish all the best luck with Crejuvent project! We are longing for more music to be dropped by you and keep on supporting you into Europe and US!
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