North Carolina Rock band, He Is Legend, is back with a brand new album, ‘few’, that reminds us of the band’s style and talent that is nonpareil and beyond the typical. The guys have recently signed with Spinefarm Records and fans expecting the unexpected are eager to catch a whiff of their wildly different and wholly unique sound. I caught up with lead singer, Schuylar Croom, to discuss what’s in store for 2017, He Is Legend’s unique sound, tattoos, and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your fifth studio album, ‘few’. Tell us about the creative and recording process this time around.
This album is not unlike the last two releases, other than the enormous support we received during our crowdfunding campaign. That gave us a new excitement and responsibility to our fans. Also, we were in a creepy ass cabin about 20 miles from any cell reception at our studio Warrior Sound. So that feeling of isolation we had was tremendously important this go round.
He Is Legend has always dipped and dived into multiple genres with a unique sound and style of music. Is this your intention when creating an album? Or does it come about more so organically in the studio?
Our sounds is a blend of a musical mind-machine created between the core of Legend and it is more organic and magic than the average would realize.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I like to get bangers on the road, but the majority of my work has come from Sarah Peacock, who owns Art Fuel Studios in Wilmington, NC. She just did a rendition of Ursula from The Little Mermaid as Baphomet on my leg. She’s been working on me since I turned 18
Congrats on recently signing with Spinefarm Records. Tell us about what you look forward to being a part of the Spinefarm family.
Spinefarm really stepped up to help us tie up loose ends from the campaign and offered a hand at the things we were unable to do as artists. Stepping in to make sure we had a worldwide release and a push that this album deserved. We’re stoked to be working with them.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearances plans that you can fill us in about?!
Michael Reynolds Photography
How do you perceive the music industry has changed and transformed from when you first started playing music full time?
When we first started playing or touring? I guess you really aren’t subjected to the “industry” until you get your feet wet and your hands dirty. We’ve always done pretty good at taking care of ourselves. We’ve seen a lot of bullshit that we would never agree with over our years of being on the road so we work under a strict “NO ASSHOLES” policy now. That business model seems to be working great.
Let’s journey back to the ‘I Am Hollywood’ days. I have “Eating A Book” coursing through my mind as I reflect upon your songwriting style that I perceive to be eccentric, bizarre and off the wall in the greatest way. How has He Is Legend’s incredibly unique style of songwriting come to life?
Well, I couldn’t tell you, particularly how the vibe of that song came to fruition. It’s been a long time now. But I think we have always used our power to evoke a response from the listeners, be it live or on record, is a gift that we were given long ago and have tried to use for good and not evil.
If you could take only three albums with you onto a deserted island for one month, which three albums would you choose and why?
– Jeff Buckley’s Grace
– Nirvana’s In Utero
– Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 Mixtape or a burned CD of a f**k load of my favorite songs shoved onto it so I would have to just have three albums that might not fit my mood at the moment. Music is f***ing important, dude. How dare you ask a question this tough!!!
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
We owe you the world. You did this. We love you and we can’t hug and kiss you enough. Xo