DEAD ANGEL: Infidel Interview #8

First I just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. With this interview let's just start with a bit about yourself. What's your name, where are you from, and how old are you?

Hey! I go by my initials, CJ, or Dead Angel. I'm currently 17 years old and I'm from Florissant, Missouri.

How do you enjoy where you live? Is their a vibrant music community for you to indulge? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

I find where I live pretty decent. I haven't really looked into music in the area but I do know a few producers who live around here. A lot of the stuff that happens around me influenced the mood in my music rather it coming from good or bad events.

I've noticed in your imagery and themes there seems to be a persistent theme of mortality, betrayal, religion, and emotional introspection all shrouded in very dark cloak per say. Is there something, or a particular reason, that you might be drawn to the sound and imagery that you currently manifest?

I've been through a lot during my life, fake friends, depression, anxiety and other personal problems. A lot of it has influenced the way that construct my image on the internet. I grew up in a very religious family and that brings some of the "holy" aura into my image. I've always had kind of a dark or twisted mind and this really impacts how I picture myself in general.

You recently released the album WICKED, featuring a whole slew of collaborations, some of your best and heaviest performances. What are your feelings on the album now that it's been released? Has the album been performed in the live capacity yet? And now that you've released the album what are the next stages for you as a musician?

I honestly made the album to show everyone my full potential. I wanted to express multiple emotions throughout it and show everyone how much I've been evolving as a producer. I feel great to have finally released this project, I will never forget creating this piece. I don't think the album has been performed live yet, I've never really been into the live sets. Now that the album is out, I'm planning on just improving my sound even more and just release singles for a few months. I can say for everyone to expect another EP this summer as a sequel to my EP entitled "Solicitude", but this one will be 10x better.

Have you been making music for a long period of time? Did you have any previous musical background before working with Dead Angel?

I honestly have not been making music for long at all. I've been producing for about a year and a half now. My name wasn't always "Dead Angel" on SoundCloud though. I started as the name "Masher" which stemmed off of my Playstation name. Then about a month later I changed it to "Grave" to give myself a darker image, but I found the name to be too overrated so I changed it to Aerith. Aerith is probably my favorite character from a video game called "Final Fantasy" and that's why I used that but I got bored of that so I ended up changing it to Dead Angel a bit over a year ago to express my dark yet holy aesthetic. I'm not planning on changing it anymore, for now at least.

​​Are there any bands that you would say are your "core" or "prime" inspirations when making music? Are there any new bands, or styles of music, that you are currently exploring that may possibly be evolving your sound?

I've never really gotten into listening to bands much. As a kid, I grew up listening to people like Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, etc. They didn't really influence my music much but it always gave me that drive to try making music.