We caught up with Freddy Spera of Crejuvent.
So, who are you?
The “So,” part of this question makes it seem unnecessarily sassy, so I’m gonna try and match that, alright?
So, I’m just like, some guy who does music and stuff. So stupid. I play bass and sing backing vocals in several bands I guess, like Novacrow and Famous Monsters, but Crejuvent is like, I dunno, my solo project I guess? Right now I’m based in Liverpool in the UK but I’m like, totally not British at all. Anyways, Crejuvent’s music is pretty heavy, it’s kinda weird I guess, I dunno, I try and, like, not think about it too much? It’s gotta be organic so I just write whatever.
Oh man just writing that gave me a mild migraine. I will stop now.
Where are you from?
I’m originally half Italian half Brazilian but I’ve been living here in the UK for almost seven years now I think? Prior to this, I lived in the Netherlands for a few years, and when I was younger I lived in the USA for a bit but was primarily based in Italy.
How long have you been together?
I started Crejuvent back in the day… I think my initial idea for the project goes back to some point in 2014, but I would say it wasn’t really a thing until about 2015 when I released my first set of demos.
How long have you been playing music?
A while. About 9-10 years maybe? I’ve been in bands since I was 16 but I started playing bass when I was 14, maybe 15. Of course, I didn’t start to play any GOOD music until much, much later. And even that I would say is debatable to this day…
Why should people listen to your band?
Fuck if I know, I’m not their mother I’m not gonna tell them what to do. I would RECOMMEND they do because it’s good, but people SHOULDN’T do anything.
But yeah, the music is good. If they like their music heavy and somewhat eclectic and varied then this is the stuff for them. It’s not TOO left of center, but it’s enough to just about confuse listeners.
What is your ideal touring line-up?
It would just be Crejuvent like four times. We’d be the opening band, the support bands, and the two co-headliners. Occasionally we’d bring in Crejuvent as a special guest.
What does music mean to you?
To me, it means hard work with no payoff. It means dealing with a bunch of other musicians, most of which are intolerable. It means having to navigate through a barrage of fake people sucking up to each other to get what they want in an otherwise ruthless industry. But hey, I get to scream into a microphone every now and then so part of it means catharsis of some kind.
What was the first record you bought when you were younger?
Far Beyond Driven by Pantera. A solid first album if you ask me.
What artists first inspired you to start playing music?
When I first started getting into music I was as angry and confused a teenager as anybody else, so there were a lot of nu-metal bands and such. The kind of music they would play at a metal night at a club nowadays. Fortunately, I eventually grew out of it and widened my musical horizons. Not to say that nu-metal is bad or anything, I still dig some of it, but it was nice when I eventually got sick of it and discovered more music.
What’s the most aesthetically pleasing album cover that you have in your collection?
There’s a lot of album artwork I really like. I’ve always been a fan of Cynic’s Focus album artwork, all of their artwork in general really but that one specifically is my favorite. I also really like Vektor’s Terminal Redux album cover.
What kind of movie genre do you think your music would best be the soundtrack for?
An extremely shitty thriller B-movie. Like The Room meets Secret Window or some shit like that. That being said, my latest single is actually being used in a horror movie soon, so I dunno.
Recommend us a record, a book, and a movie…
A record – I mentioned it before, but Vektor’s Terminal Redux. Shit is banging. A book, I would recommend The Outsider by Albert Camus. A movie, I would have to recommend Anchorman.
Any last words for the readers of Highwire Magazine?
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.
You can also get more updates on my personal Instagram page (http://www.instagram.com/federico.freddy.spera) and visit my YouTube page where I upload Crejuvent’s videos (http://www.youtube.com/user/freddy4940). You can stream the music on Spotify and all other major (and I assume minor) streaming platforms!