Refusing to be subjugated by the conventions of social construct and confused by the identity of the world around him, musical mastermind Freddy set out to write the debut EP for Extreme Metal project Crejuvent, which came out on July 1st, 2017.
Having played for and produced countless acts across the country (Novacrow, Exhumation, Tiger Punch, Kryocell, and Tasered to name a few), Freddy started Crejuvent as a way to purge himself of all the musical ideas that arose from all his previous band experiences. The result is a perfect blend of everything that’s great in extreme metal, and with the astounding reception that ‘Time’ has received, who knows what the future will hold for Crejuvent!
Ever meet an artist so sincere, he starts an interview like this ?
“My name is Freddy, and I’m the cruel mastermind behind Crejuvent. It’s a solo project for me to project my own musical vomit in a structured and seemingly appropriate manner. I’ve been playing music for years and am/have been involved in many projects throughout the years, and this is something I felt I needed to do in order to maintain some resemblance of sanity whilst navigating through this corrosive industry.”
IPM: What inspired you to write music like you do?
I don’t know, I guess I just have a lot or repressed feelings that I feel can burst out through this type of music (primarily anger and ridiculity. That’s not a word but I’m using it anyway). I love heavy music as I find I tend to gravitate towards the extreme ends of things, from extreme happiness to extreme sadness. Anything that’s RIGHT down the middle can suck a dick, I enjoy the large dynamics in life, and this type of music I feel best displays that preference. Plus I get to yell in a microphone at people and nobody gives me shit for it, how awesome is that?!
IPM: Tell us about the group.
Well it’s just me and my alter ego, Ben Hannah. Ben is totally not a banana disguised as a human, he’s just a cool dude. He’s everything you’d want to be AND MORE! He does a lot of the song writing to be honest, if anything I’m just holding him back with all my stupid “ideas”. But he keeps me around and it’s all good.
IPM: What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music?
One way to avoid this problem is by writing/releasing only the music that you know is an accurate representation of your vision at the time. That way you won’t need to encounter this issue when performing. Also, it’s YOUR vision, so there’s nothing wrong with making changes to it: we all grow and change as people, so why shouldn’t your vision? If at one point you think the music isn’t representative of what you’re about then you stop playing it or adapt it. I’m still the same angry and existentially confused individual I was a year ago when I released the debut Time EP so I don’t really have an issue with this.
IPM: Tell us about some of your recent shows.
The last few shows have been awesome! After getting some of my shit together I found myself feeling super comfortable about playing onstage by myself, and since I tend to go absolutely overkill onstage people tend to be just as entertained as if it were a full band. I was even voted second (out of four) on the first heat of Liverpool’s Metal to the Masses competition, which considering I only lost by four votes and didn’t even have a band on stage was pretty cool; either I was actually that good or the crowd had a terrible taste in music.
IPM: Tell Us about any new work or music to be released.
I’ll be releasing a single along with an accompanying video and B-side at some point this year, but that won’t be for another few months or so. For now I’m just trying to get the ball rolling a bit so to speak.
IPM: Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?
Hm, it wasn’t a show I was playing at, but I did see a guy in a full gimp suit with a complete erection once in the middle of a moshpit at a Fleshgod Apocalypse show. Other than that we tend to do pretty stupid shit on stage with my other band Novacrow so a lot of the weird stuff you’d see we probably did some variation of at some point: Danny DeVito cutouts, inflatable 6 foot T-Rexes, a box of kazoo’s thrown at the audience, burlesque dancer, banana costumes, etc.
IPM: Where do you see your music going, where would you like to be in the near future, goals, dreams and passions?
I’m more of a “let’s see what happens” kinda guy, or at least I am with this project. I’d like to eventually get a full band together and start tearing shit up, but for now the idea of subjugating other talented musicians to my own artistic vision just doesn’t seem like the right step. I’ll just keep releasing stuff and see where that takes me. Realistically I should get my own anxieties in order before taking this project any further. I got other projects to keep me busy in some form anyway and as long as I can still do music in some way then all is good!
IPM: What would you like our readers to know about you?
I’d like them to know that I don’t really care. Go listen to the music and if you like it that’s awesome, if you don’t that’s fine too. There’s literally nothing I can say that should make them go “oh actually, I’m going to like this music now”. I know it’s not for everybody as most of it just comes across as a culmination of my incessant ramblings and yells, so make your own mind up about it. It would be great if the reader did like the music, but ultimately I’m not doing this for them, I’m doing it for myself.
IPM: Where can our readers find your music?
Well, you can find about all this AND MORE on the band’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/crejuvent , On Bandcamp , YouTube (You can view the lyric video for Time here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj3_mKCBP7E ) and many more! You can also find the debut EP on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, and whatever other streaming platform you can think of!
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