We recently had the opportunity to talk to a bunch of artists from the Rogue PR label. Our next chat was with Freddy Spera from Crejuvent, who has been having a very good year so far! Find out more below…
How is 2019 treating you so far?
It’s treating me pretty well! I’ve been really busy with other bands, and I managed to get some stuff in motion with Crejuvent so I can’t complain! I also went part time with my work so that’s been super nice.
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
I have! I released a single in May called Vesti la Giubba, which is an extreme metal take on a famous Italian opera piece. It was released with a b-side called Blue Spirit, an original 9 minute prog epic which I was really excited to release. The single also came with a music video, and a small re-branding with a new logo and some badass artwork. The whole release was very mediated in a way that I haven’t managed to articulate in any previous releases. I would highly recommend everyone check it out!
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
I have been tinkering with an idea for another release, I’m just trying to get all the music together at the moment for it. If it all works out, it’ll be an epic release! It’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever done so far, so it’ll take a long time before it can all come to fruition, but I’m excited at the prospect. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how it all comes together!
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
I’m doing a few shows around Liverpool here and there, since I don’t have a band and I just play on my own to backing tracks it’s kinda hard to gauge interest for live performances but we’ll see how it goes. So far I’m confirmed to play for Musicians Against Homelessness festival here in Liverpool, but I’ll be looking to get a few more shows around that time as well.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
I’m mostly fuelled by my innate desire to be a loud and obnoxious individual. I have a lot of repressed rage and anger. I’m not actually one to act out on my negative thoughts very often so it all just builds up and Crejuvent gives me the platform needed to actualise all these emotions that society doesn’t really want me to have/feel, especially as a man. So naturally, the musicians that inspire me the most to make the music that I release as Crejuvent are the ones that explore the more extreme sides of emotions – a lot of really heavy tech-metal, classical music, experimental music, etc.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Leprous recently and I think they’re amazing! I’m really looking forward to their UK tour later this year! Also, I’m a few years behind but I’ve been spinning an awful lot of Igorr, his music is absolutely mind-blowing to me! Also Car Bomb, they just came out with a new single and if it’s representative of the rest of their new album then I’m REALLY looking forward to it!
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
People should come to my shows, check out my music and purchase my releases because it’s awesome. I have worked very hard on this and I think it really shows. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I think even people who hate the music will have something to gain from it. Just knowing that something can be both so confusing yet methodical is rarely found in music, so I would highly recommend everyone check it out!
Any last words for the fans?
Thanks for the interview guys! If you’re reading this, be sure to check out Vesti La Giubba on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqXXGyf7vJc). You can also follow the band at http://www.facebook.com/crejuvent, or on http://www.crejuvent.bandcamp.com.