Birmingham has a rich musical heritage with some of the best musicians coming from there. It has been referred to as the home of metal and the list including people like Led Zeppelin and Ozzy Osbourne.
A band that you may not have heard of but are making a name for themselves is Conjurer. Their drummer, Jan Krause is an ex ACC student from 2010, so we wanted to find out what he’d been up to for the past nine years.
When and why did you decide to study at ACC?
I was on the first year of a Music Technology diploma at another college when I heard about the ‘Session Musician’ course, running at ACC Birmingham. I’d always been interested in different creative careers within music, beyond being in a band, and always became easily bored if restricted to playing and writing in one style for too long, so it sounded perfect for me.
Who are your influences?
My dad brought me up on all sorts of different bands from a very early age. I was particularly influenced by Gary Numan, The Beatles, Kraftwerk and the 2-Tone Ska scene in general, then got myself into metal through the likes of System Of A Down, Marilyn Manson and Slipknot, around the age of 11.
Since then, my range of influences broadened even further. I discovered Dubstep, and Jazz act Esbjorn Svensson Trio during my college years, and these days I probably listen to Cary Rae Jepsen more than anyone else, with Noisy-Mathy-Electronic Rock-band Three Trapped Tigers coming a close second.
What are you working on at the minute?
Conjurer are currently finishing up the Mire album cycle, which has included multiple tours of the UK, Europe and the USA, on top of slots at various festivals, including Download. This will end with a UK headline tour in October after which we will focus all of our efforts on writing the follow-up.
We have also just released a collaboration album called Curse These Metal Hands! with our friends, Pijn.
Anything exciting in the pipeline?
We have tours in the USA and Europe/UK over October before we properly begin work on our next album. We recently announced that this will be released jointly with Holy Roar (UK and Europe) and Nuclear Blast (USA and ‘Rest Of The World’) which is a massive deal for us. Both the labels are being very supportive and we will hopefully have this finished and released before the end of 2020.
Any advice for aspiring musicians?
DO NOT rely on whatever qualification you are currently working towards to get you work. You need to use college as a chance to learn and practice, because no one is going to hire you off the back of a piece of paper with ‘Merit’ written on it. You need to be competent, reliable and at-least slightly personable, and you become all of those things by practicing and gaining experience.
Find ConjurerUK on all the socials and HolyRoarRecords.com for all the details!