CREPUSCLE is a name that you ought to keep in mind whenever you are looking for something new. Read this interview to learn a bit more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-It was initially very difficult to come up with a name that we liked and that was not, to the best of our knowledge, taken by anyone else. Our previous name, Draconian Winter, which we kept as the title for our debut album, was a bit of a mouthful and represented an era that was no longer consistent with where we were as a band. We wanted to come up with a shorter name but with a meaning behind it that we liked and could represent our music. With so many bands existing in the world, which is overall an absolutely great thing, this proved to be quite a difficult task. No matter how clever we thought we were, it seemed like everything we thought of was already taken. I stumbled upon the word Crepuscule and its derivative Crepuscle during our search. Crepuscle means twilight which just so happens to be my favorite time of day. I feel like that is a very magical part of the day where the sky is often illuminated by some of the most magical hues in nature. This is the kind of imagery that works very well for Crepuscle and is what I want people to envision when they listen to our music.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-Although we each have our own personal influences, we do share many common influences that contribute to our sound. We are heavily influenced by European bands including Hypocrisy, Wintersun, Kalmah, Equilibrium, Ensiferum, In Flames, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, amongst many others in addition to Baroque era music. We take certain elements from these bands that have inspired us and use them to create something new.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-We really like to incorporate various tempo changes in our songs to make our music more dynamic and create a musical journey. We arrange slower sections accordingly depending on what mood or musical feel we are trying to go for. When it comes to fast parts, we typically go with blast beats or fast double bass sections. The goal is to always arrange the instrumentation in a way that is appropriate for each section.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-Our music tends to translate really well in a live setting. We try to put as much emphasis on musicianship as we do on stage presence and showmanship because we feel like we owe it to anyone who makes their way to a show to recreate the songs as best as we can but also give them a bit of a spectacle. We want our performances to be entertaining which for us means a lot of hair flying around but at the same time minimize sloppy playing. We don’t want to compromise one or the other. We tend to get very good reactions from audience members including the occasional mosh pit and horns in the air which I consider to be signs of approval. Additionally, we use backing tracks live. Although we have a keyboardist, the backing tracks help recreate the full sound that we have on the album by playing the additional symphonic soundscapes that one person simply cannot play on one keyboard in a live setting. Our music is very layered on our album so we do our best to bring as much of that element to our live shows.
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-As of now, we really have only one official release. We are incredibly proud of our full-length debut. The recording process took four years for various reasons and as cliche as it may sound, we poured our hearts and souls into it. I especially did into some of the lyrics. The other release that you may have seen listed online is a demo/EP which contains crude and unrefined versions of 4 songs that are on our full-length debut. We just burnt some copies with these earlier mixes/unfinished versions so that we could have something to pass out after our shows and hopefully keep people from forgetting us.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-As I mentioned earlier, there are a ton of bands in the world. On one hand, that is great because it means metal is thriving on a global level. On the other hand, it makes it that much more difficult for us to reach the ears of people that might enjoy our music. A metal listener today has so many bands to go through which I think it can be a bit exhausting at times but ultimately rewarding. As of now, we have relied almost entirely on the internet and social media to try to broaden our audience and reach those people around the world. It has definitely been successful to some extent. Our album leaked a few days before it was officially released which turned out to be a very helpful mistake. It was on torrent sites all over the internet which reached a bunch of people that we may not have been able to reach on our own. We have gotten some great feedback from people in other parts of the world, some of them even asking when we’re going to play in their area. Obviously with a band as relatively unknown as ours, the possibility of playing in other countries seems like it is many years away but it means a lot to us that some people from Denmark and from Norway, for example, wants to see us play in their respective countries. On the local level, we have done our best to maintain a steady live presence by playing shows frequently but not so often that they lose their luster and become a “business as usual” type of thing where people feel like they can just see us the following week. We treat each gig as a special experience which I think helps maintain a steady draw at our shows and hopefully translates into promotion via word of mouth.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great front cover should have a powerful image that represents the album as a whole. Whether it’s an image that directly illustrates a song’s lyrics or album concept, or just something that is visually captivating, an album cover should be able to catch a potential listener’s attention. Although the old saying declares “don’t judge a book by its cover,” I think many of us are guilty of doing that at some level whether it comes to books, music, or just about anything really. An image that is visually captivating, whether it’s a painting, an illustration made on a computer, or a photograph, is less likely to be overlooked. The color scheme is also very important. The color scheme should reflect the mood of the album. I always picture an album’s cover in my head whenever I’m listening to music. I will forever make that association between the music and the image so it needs to be made and chosen very carefully. We were very fortunate to have our friend Michael Schmenk take charge of our album art. We gave him artistic freedom which resulted in some fantastic artwork that went perfectly with the music.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Unfortunately, I don’t exactly feel like we’re part of a “national scene” at this point in time. Our country is so big and has very different scenes within different regions. Metal is still very much an underground phenomenon here. It has grown drastically over the last few years with more people attending concerts and some metal bands charting higher with stronger record sales than many contemporary non-metal artists but we are very far from hearing bands like Amorphis or Dark Tranquillity, for example, on the radio or at bars (unless metalheads take over a jukebox and piss off the other patrons). Although I am in touch with metalheads in different parts of the country, I don’t quite feel like we’re part of a strong national scene. We also haven’t attempted to tour yet so perhaps that might change once we go on adventures and meet new people. I look forward to having a different answer for this question hopefully sometime within the next few years!
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-The best way to promote oneself in this era is by using the internet. The internet is a great tool and using social media wisely can yield great results. We try to post semi-regularly on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We are the type of band that likes to post quality content. We promote our gigs, post pictures of our supporters from around the world wearing our merch, and pictures of live gigs. We try to stray away from posting for the sake of posting because I personally don’t like when bands clutter my newsfeed with silly nonsense just to maintain some level of attention. That said, Facebook makes it difficult for all of our posts to be seen by people due to how their algorithm works. We have to pay if we want our posts to be seen by more people. I think all bands are trying to figure out how to best reach everyone without going broke. One thing we have done a bit but hope to do more is post more instrument playthroughs. This genre tends to be one that is by musicians for musicians. I love watching guitar playthroughs because I like seeing how guitarists play their parts. I know there are many other people out there like me who enjoy these videos so hopefully we can cater to that audience soon with quality videos.
What does the future hold?
-The future is looking bright. We are in the process of recording an acoustic version of our debut album “Draconian Winter”. We are also concurrently rehearsing the material for our second album which will be released separate from the former. We gave so many potential release dates for our first album and didn’t meet any of them so we don’t have any projected release dates for either of the next two releases. We would like to hopefully do a small tour next year to conquer new cities and towns and make more connections. We self released our first album and will do so for our acoustic album but we may look into working with a label and/or publicist for our second metal album so we can hopefully expand our ability to reach the people that might enjoy our music. Keep an eye out because we’re just getting started!