Updated: Dec 13, 2020
HI THERE THANKS FOR ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS FOR US.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM/ PROJECT?
My name is Freddy and I will be releasing a new single under my extreme metal project Crejuvent on May 18th. The single is a cover of the famous aria from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci opera called Vesti La Giubba. It will be released together with a music video and an 8 and a half minute B-side titled Blue Spirit. And everything I mentioned is gonna blow minds the second it is unleashed on the world.
WHAT INSPIRED ANY CENTRAL THEMES ON THE ALBUM?
The single is taken from a famous opera about clowns. In this part of the opera, the protagonist finds out that his wife has been cheating on him with another co-actor, and as he’s getting ready to go on stage with them he sings of the pain and how he’s starting to lose his mind over it. It’s a pretty metal story so I thought it needed a metal cover. The B-side is a song based on the character development of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I thought his character arc was the best in the series, and it’s one of the best redemption arcs in any show I’ve ever seen. I also thought his development would really suit a sonata form as the structures of a sonata fit nicely with his character throughout the three seasons of the show. I think I just need to nerd-out a bit on this one really.
HOW LONG DID YOU SPEND RECORDING?
I’m not sure, I tend to work on these things in my spare time so it’s a very scattered process. I think I started transcribing Vesti La Giubba around January 2018, and the first bit of Blue Spirit was recorded maybe around the summer of 2017, not too sure. But I had a realised vision for the release around maybe August 2018, finished around November of that year.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT THE SONGWRITING PROCESS?
The single Vesti La Giubba was pretty easy, the hardest part was transcribing the song but fortunately I found a good score sheet for it that I could analyse at work instead of, you know, doing actual work. Then I did the drums according to the MIDI that came out of the score, as that was the best way to outline the feel for the song. Then I went through the guitars writing the two lines together, and everything else just followed. Blue Spirit was more like how I normally write songs. The main difference is that I already had a full structure in mind as I wanted to write a sonata. Which meant that I could develop the musical ideas in the actual song so it was a bit more back-and-forth instead of a more streamlined process. I wrote the guitars and the drums together, then I did vocals, then bass, then synths, and then all the extra bits and small changes here and there.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE TRACK FROM THE ALBUM?
Out of these two, nah they’re quite different from each other in a lot of ways so it’s hard to say. Vesti La Giubba I think came out great for what it was, and it was the first time I recorded a song in Italian, so it was quite a unique experience. Blue Spirit is a bit more intricate in a lot of ways though, and obviously I wrote it all as opposed to the cover. It showcases a lot more of my songwriting and my vocal ranges and stuff, so I’m quite proud of it.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
Devin Townsend, Cynic, the inevitable grasp of death, the usual.
I see in hindsight how that may seem like an actual band. It’s not, just the concept of leaving this terrestrial plane is a big influence.
HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?
Well, no other band I’m in would have been up for doing a cover of an Italian opera piece, or an 8 and a half minute epic about the villain from Avatar: The Last Airbender, so I decided this was absolutely necessary.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE STARTING OUT?
Don’t take advice from people who write songs about perpetual existential despair. Your parents should have taught you that really but here we are.
WHAT IS NEXT?
I’m not sure, I might buy some ice cream and chill out watching shit TV shows. I got an idea for another release, but it’ll be another long time before that can come to fruition.
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Thanks for interview!
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