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  • Writer's pictureJodie Brough

Interview with Cthulhu Dreamt



Cthulhu Dreamt is a concept project combining cinematic orchestral and synth hybrid music with various genres of metal, including djent, doom, death, and prog.


We caught up with founding member Reed for a chat:


Introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band?


Hey, what’s up. I’m Reed and I compose/sing/play guitar… all that stuff.


Tell us a little about your band, how you got together and the story behind the name if there is one.


Cthulhu Dreamt started as an homage to my late daughter, that I invited a few of my friends to be a part of because they’re so talented and steeped so deeply in the metal genre already. We landed on the name Cthulhu Dreamt because the concept is rooted in a world where Cthulhu exists as the embodiment of depression, grief, and all those emotions that are out of our control as humans.


The Precursor EP is traditional for us in that it has many flavors, and continues to build out the world of Cthulhu Dreamt as a concept. Anyone grabbing the physical copy or streaming it will see that we’ve invited some friends along for the ride to produce some remix/covers and we’re pretty stoked with mixing it up a bit.


Tell us a bit about your latest EP 'Precurser', what can we expect from it?


Our new EP Precursor sets up a few themes in the world in preparation for the next chapter in Cthulhu Dreamt: the tabletop role playing game. “TRACE Amounts of Death” which includes the musical theme representing eldritch creatures, and “Dreamcatcher” which has a musical texture used in the dreamworld are both examples of this, where you’ll hear these again in the soundtrack for the RPG.


What is your writing process like? Do you start with lyrics and then come up with a melody or is it the other way round?


Members of the band are located in different locations geographically, so we definitely have an odd composition style. We start with riffs. We take a riff, and build a song around that. Most often lyrics come last in the process.


What bands were you listening to when you were writing this release? Do you think it had an effect on the end sound?


We were listening to a lot of Igorrr, Mastodon, Fit For An Autopsy, and other stuff. I don’t think much of that spilled through on this recording, but as an overall vibe, those bands and others definitely influence us.


What would people be surprised to know about you?


My favorite genre of music is film and video game scores. John Williams, John Powell, Bear McCreary, Mark Mothersbaugh, Hans Zimmer… I can’t get enough.


Do you have any shows coming up that we should get ourselves along to?


The upcoming thing I’d love for people to check out is the TTRPG, which they can get information on at https://cthulhudreamt.com


Join us as we enter this next leg of the band’s journey!!!


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