Review Fix Exclusive: Threatpoint’s CJ Krukowski Talks RIP And More

Review Fix chats with Threatpoint drummer CJ Krukowski, who discusses the band’s last record, “RIP,” as well as their creative process and goals for 2017.

Review Fix: How did the band get together?

CJ Krukowski: The band formed in early 2012. Me and Alex Olivetti(guitar) were in a band that had just broken up and Chris James’ (vocals) band at the time had just broken up as well. We knew each other for a few years since our old bands used to play together. Our bassist Matt Van Fleet is actually the one that told Chris we were looking for a singer, that’s where the initial seed for the band was planted. We’ve had many line-up changes through the years and now Matt is officially a part of the band. It’s very fitting since he’s the one that pretty much put the band together and we all knew each other prior.

Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?

Krukowski: We don’t really have a set formula, songs can spark from anyone’s ideas. We’ve had songs start off from guitar riffs, bass lines, drum patterns and even lyrics and a vocal melody. We all bring our ideas to the practice space and work from there. The fact that everyone in the band contributes to the writing process makes it easier to come up with multiple ideas for songs. We put all of our styles and influences in a blender; that’s where the Threatpoint sound comes from.

Review Fix: What’s your standout song? How was it written?

Krukowski: Probably the title track from our latest record “RIP.” It’s the first song we wrote together with our current lineup and has everyone’s individual styles and all of the elements that make us excited to write and perform our music.

Review Fix: What are your goals for 2017?

Krukowski: Reach out to new audiences, play in some new areas as well hit some areas where we have good followings already. We don’t have a timeline yet but we will probably enter the studio sometime around the summer to start recording our new album.

Review Fix: How do you want your music to affect people?

Krukowski: We write our songs with the live show in mind, we like to be energetic on stage and have the audience get into it as well, it creates a great vibe. We like to see people headbanging, moshing, dancing and singing along. It’s also great to hear back from fans and friends that our songs helped them through a difficult time; we focus more on the positive aspect rather than the negative with the lyrical content.

Review Fix: What’s next?

Krukowski: We are currently working on new material for our forthcoming album. We’re also coming off of a hiatus and are about to start playing live again.

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