There no much you can say at this point about American rock singer Jeff Scott Soto that hasn’t been said before, time and time again. A declared Freddie Mercury fan, and best known for being the vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteen‘s first two albums and the lead vocalist for Journey on their 2006–2007 tours, Jeff also had a long tenure as the front-man of hard rock band Talisman and currently he works as solo artist, with his self-named band SOTO and as the vocalist of super-groups W.E.T., Sons of Apollo and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
After 35 years and more than 140 albums Soto feels as energized as ever: “I want to build a musical legacy that last more than a lifetime, when I have no control whatsoever over it”. And the vehicle for that sea of ideas flowing though him is his SOTO band, a collective that has been together for years now and that is firing on all cylinders. Their new record Origami includes 10 tracks of modern, melodic, and eclectic hard rock and metal with tons of memorable hooks and riffs. “BeLie” is driven by pounding drums and grinding guitars with Jeff’s powerful vocals delivering the track’s brilliant melodic hook, while the title track is an aggressive fast-paced straight forward dive into the metal side of the group set alongside dynamic vocal harmonies. The collection’s opening track “HyperMania” mixes some electronic and darker elements with a punchy and uplifting chorus (You can read our detailed review of the album here)
Talkative and very down to Earth, Jeff spoke for almost an hour with Sonic Perspectives authors Joel Barrios and Rodrigo Altaf, and they discussed the new record extensively, his views of the musical world and his personal career, the chemistry between his band-mates, the origin of the album title, what’s going on in the Sons Of Apollo‘s world and a vast spectrum of other topics. Listen to their conversation in the video below, or subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on daily basis.
Note: To avoid copyright infringements regarding unreleased music prior to the official album street date, the song at the end in the YouTube video was changed to “BeLie”