We here over at Rock ‘N’ Load would like to see Freddy aka Crejuvent go for President in the next US elections, just sayin’.
1.) I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
First of all, I’d like to apologize in advance for any smart-ass answers. I’m doing this at work instead of, you know, working, which I fucking hate, and I’m really close to stabbing someone with a paperclip. Anyways…my name is Freddy, I’m a session musician based in Liverpool, and this is a small introduction to my solo project Crejuvent. It’s essentially a musical representation of the constant enfuckment (I don’t know if that’s a word but I’m using it anyway) that keeps me from being a functional person and getting laid. I’m probably one of the most sexless acts to be featured in your website and this project is a means for me to somewhat physically manifest my seemingly innate desire to screw up any personal relationships with any friends and/or family that I may have. It also allows me to make fart jokes and yell into a microphone at people. As far as influences, I’d say my biggest inspiration is silence. If I can get my environment to shut the fuck up for about an hour, that’s when I’m most productive.
2.) Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be? ( Please attach any link for public use )
Yess, as I mentioned last time I was considering working on a new single and I’m happy to say the work has commenced. I will be releasing a cover of “Vesti La Giubba”, the famous aria from Leon cavallo’s Pagliacci opera. I’m almost done recording it, but then I still have to finish writing and recording the B-side to it and filming a music video for it and blah blah blah. I don’t know when it will be released exactly but it is something I’m currently working on for this project. As far as new shows, I might be gigging a bit more around Liverpool, but nothing is set in stone yet. I got a lot of gigs planned with my other projects, so for now I’d like to focus on the studio side of things for Crejuvent.
Regarding the songs that perfectly sums up what I’m all about, I’d still have to go with Word Vomit, as I mentioned last time. You can find a live video from one of the gigs I did these past few months here: https://www.youtube.com/
3.) When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
Last time I answered this I went on a tangent about some sort of satanic tribute. Now I’m going to surprise you with an ACTUAl answer! Whaaaaaaa?!
There is no process. I just sort of…do it. I’ll come up with something and think “huh that’s kinda cool”, I’ll record it, then build from it. Sometimes I’ll have a more elaborate idea just pop in my head that I find I need to develop, otherwise it’ll just be a result of me noodling about on my guitar. Maybe I’ll be masturbating and the particular rhythm to which I’m beating my meat will make me think of a riff or whatever. It’s gotta be organic, but otherwise there’s no real method to it.
4.) With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
Well, I enjoy playing with really talented musicians. With more and more people coming out with music you’ll find that theirs is now a huge plethora of really talented players to do stuff with, and I genuinely love playing with people that are better than me. The flip side of that is that with more people joining the “industry”, you’ll find more and more assholes out there. Which is fine, you need a bit of balls to make it, but I’ve met/worked with some people that really make you question the current state of collective intellect within the industry…
5.) Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
Yeah I always try to keep busy. Aside from producing, I play bass in a wedding/functions band, a Misfits Tribute band, I’m in a hard rock/metal band called Novacrow, and I’m currently working on an EP for some other stuff of mine with a friend. Novacrow takes up an awful lot of time as not only are we gigging constantly, but as it’s all self managed I need to help out with a lot of the admin stuff, on top of producing and recording, editing videos, song writing, and playing bass/backing vocals.
6.) When you’re performing how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
Ehh, I just sort of power through most of the times. Especially for originals stuff, cover bands and tribute bands are a bit trickier. I’ve slipped on stage, jumped off stage and landed incorrectly, had backing tracks stop playing, straps fell off, fingers bleeding, whatever. If I see I can’t fix it right then and there, I’ll usually just put the bass down and continue with vocals until the song is finished. It seems better than stopping the performance just so I can get my shit together.
7.) How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
I have started to play the cover that I will be releasing live a few times, but since it’s a fairly obscure song to play for metalheads I can get away with it. Plus the arrangement is fucking cool as shit. I try to change the songs up a bit here and there, depending on the gig and the other bands I’m playing with. Sometimes I feel like just being an abrasive shit so I’ll pick the songs I think the audience will dislike the most just to fuck with them, but generally the thing I’m looking for in a set is the flow from one song to another.
8.) If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
Not sure, I think touring with GWAR would be pretty awesome! But only if I get to play with the props off stage…
9.) Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
My best advice would be: don’t listen to a strangers advice online. Just get out there and do what you gotta do to convince yourself you’re kicking ass. Everything else can suck it.
10.) Any last words?
When I die just leave me there, on the exact spot I died in. Don’t call an ambulance, don’t bury me or any of that shit, just leave me alone. Same with all my shit: don’t fuck with it and leave it as it is. Forever.