Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Cru Jordan Jones: We play heavy, melodic music considered by some as “ Post metal”
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CJJ: I have been involved in music most of my life in some capacity, whether its producing or building gear.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CJJ: Musically, I love a wide variety of music, too much to list. But I am looking forward to the new BAPTISTS record due out in may. Non musically, I like to read when I have time. Gene Wolfe, and religious/philosophy books influence my lyrics quite a but at the moment. Nietzsche, Von Daniken, Strobel etc…
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CJJ: My only goal is to be a better person each day, and make music that inspires people to be better versions of themselves.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CJJ: We all contribute fairly equally. We all bring concepts to the table and finish as a whole. Very rarely does one person present a finished song. A lot of our songs are about hope, personal struggles, and fantasy. One coming up is about an ex roommate of mine that killed his fiancé and chopped her up and burned her in the fireplace. Kind of a journey of what could have made him do that. Also, it is a true story.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CJJ: Well, we do it all kinds of ways, from old school feet on the ground, to social media. Tobin Anthony of EndHipEndIt has taken over most of that though. He is amazing and knows his stuff.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CJJ: To me, as an artists, It doesn’t bother me much. I know what its like to not be able to afford things (if this is what you are asking). And though I enjoy the benefits of monetary support, I’d rather get music in the hands of someone that needs to hear it. Music can save lives. Note: this may only represent my point of view and not the whole band.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
CJJ: I have mixed emotions about this question. And it changes on a regular basis. Sometimes I feel it is oversaturated, and other times I feel like it’s the best time to be alive..
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CJJ: I never feel like this at all. I guess it is because I write from a place that is very personal and appreciate other peoples personal art.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CJJ: Bands that feel like the industry owes them something.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CJJ: Probably now, with this band. It has been far more easy than any other endeavor. Holding our first test pressing in my hand, I felt like we really made something special. Though I have earned accolades with other projects, this one was most special.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
CJJ: Our next show is our Split release party with Forming the Void, in May. It is at sigma Brewing and will have an incredible lineup. It’s a chance to hear all new material from us, as we are getting some live reps in on it before we hit the studio. And Sigma is by far one of the best and most supportive breweries in this city, of us and the music.
Band location – Houston Texas
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