ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
This is a solo project, so I should hope that this is still the original line-up. I’m sure you could extrapolate some sort of self-identity complex had I said otherwise. I initially formed it because I wanted to share the ridiculous music I was coming up with without having silly “band members” telling me what to do.
ITN Magazine: How would you categorize the style of the band?
Like a blind child going clothes shopping with its parents - very confused but oddly pure. But is also somewhat of a hilarious concept depending on your sense of humour.
ITN Magazine: What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
I don’t really WANT to convey a specific message. That’s up to the listener to interpret things for themselves - I want to give them an experience, but what they get out of it is up to them.
ITN Magazine: Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands sound?
My biggest influence has been Devin Townsend and Strapping Young Lad. But I’m also really into technical death metal, that’s really shaped HOW I play the music the way I do. I also studied a bit of classical music when I was younger and that definitely influenced my approach to songwriting.
ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release ?
I’m releasing a single with a video and a B-side on May 18th. The single is a metal rendition of a famous opera piece, it’s the first time I ever did something like this and I’m really happy with how it turned out! The B-side is also something slightly different from what I’ve previously released so it should be an interesting, albeit small, release.
ITN Magazine: Where did record your latest release at?
I record everything myself at home. I had my friend Valerio Pompili sort of assist in the mixing, producing, and recording some of the vocals (which were done in LIPA where I studied years ago and where he’s currently studying), which was nice mainly because having someone else so invested in your own work I find is such a great motivator for me to get shit done.
ITN Magazine: Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
I normally produce everything myself in almost every project I’m involved in - out of financial necessity more than anything. I also produce other bands from time to time when I get an opportunity. This time was the first time I had an outsider sort of help out a bit with Crejuvent, as I mentioned before my friend Valerio Pompili helped out a bit with the mixing and producing. It was basically a matter of having an extra pair of ears to help out and he’d chime in with a suggestion here or there, but because I more or less knew what I was doing he mainly left me to it. He also got me access to one of the studios in LIPA to record heavy vocals.
ITN Magazine: Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
I could go on a poetic note about how “the universe writes the songs man, I’m just a vessel for it”, but yeah I write everything. I didn’t write this single as it’s a cover, but I did have to re-arrange the music to fit the style obviously.
ITN Magazine: How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
Musically, not at all. Personally, not at all.
ITN Magazine: Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
It comes more from a place of necessity. If I feel like something needs to be said, I’ll write about it. So it could really stem from anything at all, could be a bigger issue that’s bothering me or it could just be that I had the best chocolate cake ever.
ITN Magazine: How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
It really depends. I enjoy writing lyrics and sometimes I can be more proud of them than others. I’d rather write lyrics that mean more to me, but sometimes the song doesn’t call for it or it’s not inspiring that side of me so I’ll just write the lyrics more phonetically and sing what feels right and attach meaning to the words later. So I guess it’s not important for my music to always have great lyrics, but when I’m writing words towards a particular theme then I’d want them to be great and coherent.
ITN Magazine: What are your current tour plans, if any?
As of now, I got nothing. I play shows on my own to backing tracks sometimes, but lately I’ve been trying to focus on releases more.
ITN Magazine: Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
It’s truly a life changing experience. You haven’t been to a live show until you see a man in his mid 20s thrashing about screaming into a mic to backing tracks, usually drunk, about petty existential crises. You come out of it with a newfound respect for yourself.
ITN Magazine: What do you think of the music industry right now?
I don’t really have a strong opinion one way or another, especially because this is how I’ve always known it as. I know things were different back in the days, but I wasn’t around for that. I’d like to think that it’s going away from a traditional “industry” so to speak in that more artists can just work on their own stuff themselves, with a lot less middlemen to get in the way between the artist and their vision. But ultimately I don’t know.
ITN Magazine: Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
Mate, I still haven’t “broken into the business”. The biggest problem that I have is the need to “network”. I suck at socialising effectively and am even worse at asking for something I want, so I find it really hard to connect to the right people.
ITN Magazine: Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
It’s alright. I tour a lot around the country and I think it’s a bit lacking in some respects compared to other cities, but there’s an awful lot of passionate and talented people involved. I think the main issue is that there are plenty of talented bands around, but not many opportunities for them to play locally as much as other cities, plus when they do get a chance to play attendance is usually a bit poor because people just don’t wanna go out for shows. It’s getting much better lately though, so I can imagine it will only go up!
ITN Magazine: How has Social Networking (Facebook,Twitter, etc.) impacted your band?
It’s allowed me to post topless pictures of me and share them with my fans, so all in all I’d say it’s had a positive impact on the project.
ITN Magazine: Where can our readers find you on the web?
Oh boy, pretty much everywhere! I’m more prominent with Crejuvent on my facebook page www.facebook.com/crejuvent . You can find my releases on Bandcamp at www.crejuvent.bandcamp.com . I release my videos on my personal YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/freddy4940 . I also have a personal Instagram account where I post all Crejuvent related things at www.instagram.com/federico.freddy.spera . And of course you can stream all my releases on all major (and probably most minor) streaming platforms!
ITN Magazine: What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
I’ve been using my Warwick Streamer LX strung with Elixir strings for all my releases as it’s a monster of a bass. I’ve also been using a Darkglass Microtubes 900 for this upcoming single and for releases I’ve done in the past year or so (such as the Novacrow EP Criminal Mastermind), although I’ve ordered a Microtubes 900v2 which should arrive soon and I’m well excited for it! My main guitar is one I’ve built myself with a custom Zombie Dust pickup. Live I use a Smooth Hound wireless system and I love it, it’s easy to use and handles super low frequencies like a champ. My pedalboard is pretty basic, I mainly just use a tuner and a MXR bass compressor, but I also got a Big Muff, a Boss chorus pedal, and a Source Audio Manta envelope filter, although I don’t really use those much with Crejuvent.
I do not have any endorsements currently, but if anybody from any of these companies are listening then, you know, here I am!
ITN Magazine: Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
Thank you guys for the opportunity! Feel free to follow Crejuvent on all the social stuff (linked above), and be sure to check out Vesti La Giubba when it comes out on May 18th!!
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