Crejuvent is a simple man with a simple goal. To make bad ass music. We caught up with the man behind the bass for a chat.
When did you first pick up a guitar. Tell us more about what inspired you to learn.
Well, I’m primarily a bass player and always have been, I only play guitar to write the music I need to write, so this interview is gonna be fun! I started playing double bass a long time ago but when I moved back to Italy at a young age, my parents couldn’t afford lessons anymore. So when I moved to the Netherlands I picked up a bass guitar and it was love at first sight. The fact that I started when I was 15 meant that inspiration was easy: I wasn’t getting laid, I wasn’t one of the ‘cool kids’, didn’t really have many hobbies, so I would spend forever practicing bass at home. I only started playing guitar regularly once I started writing songs. Eventually I started practicing more and more guitar technique, my main source of motivation and inspiration being that I wanted to be able to play the music I wanted to write. But most of my theory knowledge and exercise I practice on the bass.
So, you finally got off your ass and made some music, what has the experience been like so far?
It’s been awesome! Like a weight has been lifted from my chest. I’m constantly writing songs and recording shitty demos, but I don’t usually do anything with them, so being able to sit down and properly give some of those songs the attention they deserve was great! I do that regularly with my other band Novacrow, but this was different as it was all me 100% of the way. Even though I knew I didn’t have a substantial audience and that my reach was going to be limited, being able to exercise my thoughts into these songs was a surprisingly intimate and cathartic experience. Tiring as fuck as well. Plus I learned so much along the way it’s insane, from new production techniques to songwriting tricks that work for me.
You describe yourself as technical guitar players. Describe your technique in a little more detail?
Again, I’m primarily a bass player, however my approach to both instruments is very similar. One of the most characteristic quality of my playing is my focus on economy of motion. I firmly believe that the smaller and more controlled movements you make with your hands, the more cohesive sound you’ll get. And it looks infinitely better than people with no sense of economy of motion whose hands look like they’re spazing out on the fretboard. Another thing I try to do loads is change how I attack my strings with each riff/idea. When I come up with a riff or whatever, I immediately and automatically visualize how the strings need to be approached: if I’m playing something a bit more chordal I’ll apply a softer attack on the strings and maybe play closer to the bridge, if I’m playing a heavier riff I’ll angle my pick to get the scratch, etc. I end up constantly changing how I approach the strings and I think it does wonders for a song: it adds variation and humanity, and can be used for great dynamic effects. This is especially true for the bass, where there tends to be more room for variation and technique.
What is your guitar of choice and why?
My main bass is a Warwick Streamer LX 5 string. It’s amazing. It’s got quite a fat neck, but it’s super ergonomic and just feels right. It’s also got very tight string spacing, making it a bit harder to slap, but makes playing metal a breeze! Plus it sounds fucking amazing, it’s got JUST the right amount of bite!
My main guitar at the moment is a 7 string franken-guitar I built myself. It’s got an Ibanez neck (although I can’t for the life of me figure out from which guitar, it’s got a semi-reversed headstock or something? It’s super weird), and what I THINK is a Harley Benton bod. I pimped it out with custom Zombie Dust pickups, a shitty Floyd Rose bridge, and it sounds pretty damn nice! For a guitar that would have cost me a total of £150, it sounds and plays really well! I’ll be looking to get more into building guitars in the future, and if finances allow for it I’ll be buying a new guitar in the future. Although I have no idea exactly what I want so I’ll be keeping my options completely open (so, you know, if any guitar manufacturers are reading this, feel free to send me free guitars to try!)
Many guitarists list Steve Vai as a major influence for them. Who are your biggest influences musically?
My biggest influence is without a doubt Devin Townsend. Which is great because he’s worked on such a huge variety of music it’s insane. Funnily enough, he actually started his career singing for Steve Vai, so I guess in a way he’s a major influence to me as well! I’ve been getting really into Steven Wilson lately and I can definitely imagine him having a huge impact in my music in the future. Other then that, my biggest influences are the usual suspects!
Considering I perform on my own with no band, it’s a bit hard to find promoters that are willing to put up with my shit, but I’m trying! I’ll be looking to get more local shows first then see where that takes me! But my main priority for now with this project is working on releases. Maybe one day I’ll be able to afford session musicians and that’ll be a different story.
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