Christian Hejnal

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Christian Hejnal
Also known asChristian Hejnal Addams
Born (1969-06-03) June 3, 1969 (age 49)
Berwyn, Illinois, United States
GenresIndie rock
experimental rock
Alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
Years active1989–present
LabelsSympathy for the Record Industry
Associated actsCandy Hateful
The Drummed

Christian Hejnal – Addams (born June 3, 1969) is an American visual effects producer and the guitarist and occasional vocalist of the Los Angeles-based rock band Scarling.

Musical career[edit]

In the early 1990s, he played in bands such as Candyhateful (previously known as the Brats) and The Drummed. Candyhateful's song "Stay Down" was featured in the 2000 film adaptation of Anne Rice's "Queen of the Damned",[1] In 2001 Hejnal began work on a solo album. He invited singer Jessicka, whom he had met some months before at a Los Angeles club through mutual friend Lisa Leveridge,[2] to perform vocals on a track he had written; they began recording and rehearsing together and eventually recruited the musicians who would form Scarling. in 2002.[3]

In the autumn of 2004, after releasing their first album Sweet Heart Dealer, Scarling. was invited to join the lineup of the Robert Smith-curated Curiosa Festival, performing on select West Coast dates alongside Interpol, The Rapture, Mogwai, and he and Jessicka's long-time favorite, The Cure.[4][5][6] Smith described the band's music as "dark, desperate, chaotic, gorgeous pop music, the sound of the end of the world" and "Sweet Heart Dealer" was nominated for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize.[7][8] [9]

After a series of 7" singles on Sympathy, Scarling. announced in early 2005 that their second album, So Long, Scarecrow, would appear later that year; it was preceded by the single "We Are The Music Makers" and was released on August 23, 2005. Scarecrow was co-produced by Rob Campanella and received several favorable reviews.[10] [11][12] Alternative Press gave the album a 5 out of 5 rating[13] and described Hejnal as a, "guitar physicist who holds court over these atmospheric rockers' second album, approximating everything from space-station climates to sperm whales rollin' on E, all while delivering solid songs."[14] In 2006 Hejnal continued to tour in the US and Europe with Scarling. Along the way, touring with such bands as UK shoegaze outfit Amusement Parks on Fire[15] and opening for The Wedding Present[16] and Depeche Mode. Scarling. are currently working on their new album.[17]

Film career[edit]

In addition to his work with Scarling, since 1999, Hejnal has worked for Sony Pictures Imageworks, starting out as a production assistant on The Ninth Gate and Hollow Man. In 2000 he became a visual effects coordinator on the film Charlie's Angels, and completed work as the visual effects plate coordinator on Spider-Man, and as a Digital Production Manager for the films Spider-Man 2, Darkness Falls and The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio which stars Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson. Currently, he is working as a digital effects film producer and is credited as such on the films Grandma's Boy, the Adam Sandler film Click, Spider-Man 3, Hancock.[18] Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland',[19] 2011's The Green Hornet, Here Comes the Boom, Oz the Great and Powerful, 22 Jump Street, Pixels (2015 film) and Ghostbusters (2016 film).

Personal life[edit]

On February 14, 2006, (Valentine's Day) while on a break from touring, he and Jessicka were engaged. Their wedding took place on October 13, 2007 at the Oviatt Penthouse in Los Angeles and was attended by numerous celebrities. The couple took Addams as their new surname.[20]



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Scarling., Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole (7", Sympathy for the Record Industry 2003)— writer, vocals
  • Scarling., Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole (CD, Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2003) — guitar, vocals
  • Scarling., Crispin Glover (7", Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2004) — guitar, vocals
  • Scarling., Crispin Glover (7", Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2004) — guitar, vocals
  • Scarling., Scarling. / The Willowz' (split 7", Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2005) — guitar, vocals
  • Scarling., "Staring to the Sun" (CD, Sympathy for the Record Industry 2006 – guitar, vocals, producer


  1. ^ IMDB Queen of the Damned Soundtrack Songs
  2. ^ Chicago Music Guide Scarling. Interview -Noreen Sobczyk Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Vernon, Rebecca. Slug Magazine, February 2, 2005
  4. ^ Curiosa Festival 2004 July 9, 2004
  5. ^ MTV news July 7, 2004
  6. ^ Deming, Mark.Scarling. biography @ All Music.
  7. ^ Finalists For The Shortlist Music Prize 08.24.2004
  8. ^ Shortlist Listmakers Longlists Listed August 5, 2004
  9. ^ MTV news August 28, 2004
  10. ^ Seaver, Morley.Scarling – So Long Scarecrow Review
  11. ^ Tucker, Carrie Filter Magazine So Long, Scarecrow review
  12. ^ Scene Point Blank Review
  13. ^ Pettigrew, Jason."Less screamy, more dreamy." Alternative Press Magazine January 31, 2006
  14. ^ Pettigrew, Jason (September 2005), "SCARLING. So Long, Scarecrow", Alternative Press, Cleveland, Ohio, p. 11
  15. ^ BBC Norfolk review Amusement Parks On Fire/Scarling.December 5, 2006
  16. ^ Gig List
  17. ^ Official Scarling. Site
  18. ^ Christian Hejnal on IMDb
  19. ^ Alice in Wonderland 2010 Cast & Credits Archived June 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "This bride definitely wears black" Los Angeles Times October 28, 2007

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