INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Currently based in Liverpool, Crejuvent is a solo project firmly steeped in metal.
The musician behind it is as passionate about his sound as much as any true artist, however, as will become apparent as you read this, he is not afraid to show off a humorous side.
I spoke to him about his about to be released EP and other things.
How did you start Crejuvent?
Through years and years of being an emotionally repressed individual.
How did the name come about?
It’s just a word I made up. I thought it perfectly encapsulated the juvenile humour and sentiment behind the project. Seriously, what a fucking stupid name…
To somebody discovering your sound, how would you describe it to them?
Like a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s got the aggression and brutality that fans of everything heavy have come to know and love, underlined with sweet melodies and ear-caressing chord progressions. All of which is slightly overshadowed by blatant potty humour.
What influences you musically?
Mainly Strapping Young Lad, Cynic, Obscura, Gojira, the usual stuff. But the main influence is a “fuck you too” attitude and a burning desire to prove everyone wrong.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
It’ll usually start with a main riff/musical idea, and through development, a song is born. I usually outline the whole song on my guitar, then add other instruments separately and that changes the course and feel of the song to become a final product.
It’s a relatively methodical approach, especially compared to how some other people write, but I find it works for me. I tend to come up with parts that are more cohesive as a song that way as opposed to just sticking a few riffs together in the same tempo and calling it a song.
Where does the inspiration come from for your lyrics?
Pft, could be anything. Could be a Simpsons quote, could be the crushing despair that consumes everyone, could be a woman (insert joke about how the last two are the same. I’d think of something myself but I’m feeling particularly lazy right now). It’s usually rooted in whatever form my existential crisis takes at the moment of writing. Sometimes that includes bizarre meta-writing that ultimately is deciphered as just noise because, you know, it’s death metal. Let’s just say it can get weird.
You have an EP ‘Time’ coming out very shortly. How was the process of recording it, from initial idea to completion?
I’ve been writing the songs for this release on and off for about a year or two. I wanted the whole recording process to be much more cohesive than how I’ve previously recorded my home releases. I wrote the demos over the course of about a year, and once I had ALL the musical elements meticulously planned in the demos, I got to re-recording everything properly.
I spent about two weeks recording all the instruments every day after work, making sure that everything was sounding tight as fuck, and vocals I had to do on and off over the following week or two. I added a few bits here and there while mixing, which didn’t take anywhere near as long as I thought it would’ve. I was going to pay a mastering engineer to take care of the EP, but in the end I managed to work it out on my own, which saved me a few hundred £££’s.
I worked long and hard on this EP, probably more than I should have, but at least now I can say I did something entirely on my own that I feel vague feelings of pride towards.
What is your experience of playing live?
It’s great. I fucking LOOOOOVE playing live, especially for this project because I do my live shows on my own playing bass and singing to backing tracks and it just looks so fucking dumb, but people love it!
It’s like the most vulnerable I ever feel is when I’m alone on stage, which results in a cathartic release, and the crowd usually doesn’t know how to react. It becomes a tiny sea (or rather, a puddle) of confused metalheads unsure of whether to mosh or to nod in disapproval. It’s amazing.
Aside from the forthcoming EP, what do you have planned for the near future?
There’s gonna be a lyric video and shit, and in the meantime I’m trying to find the time to start writing new stuff. Hopefully I’ll be hitting the stage again sometime soon. But mainly, THE NEW EP WHICH EVERYONE SHOULD BUY RIGHT NOW GO GO GO GO GO GO GO!
What is your long-term aim?
I think I’ll quit as soon as I get laid from this. There’ll be nowhere to go but down from there, so I’d rather end on a high note, which means I’ll probably be doing this forever.
‘TIME’, THE NEW EP FROM CREJUVENT, WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 1.
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