From hard rock, to heavy metal, punk, progressive rock and AOR, Jeff Scott Soto has done it all. The singer, who has more than 85 albums under his belt along with numerous collaborations and recordings, has established himself as a consummate professional who manages to expertly deliver with his vocal performances across multiple musical genres. Soto’s career spans nearly thirty years, beginning as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen before coming the front-man for bands such as Talisman, Soul SirkUS, Sons of Apollo (featuring Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Bumblefoot), as well as an ongoing membership in Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a stint as the lead singer for the legendary classic rock band Journey.
Jeff‘s new solo album “(Wide Awake) In My Dreamland” hits the selves this Friday, and for this record Jeff incorporated many of his past influences, blending melodic rock/AOR with hard rock influences throughout. The album was recorded and written together with Frontiers Music‘s Swiss army knife producer and multi-instrumentalist Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Jorn, Revolution Saints, etc).
Soto extraordinary abilities as a performer and vocalist shine throughout “(Wide Awake) In My Dreamland”, with him delivering on hard rocking tracks with incredible energy and easily transitions to powerful performances on epic ballads like the album first single “Without You”, paired with Del Vecchio‘s inhuman playing on multiple instruments, the phenomenal guitar solos by unknown Italian guitar player Fabrizio Sgattoni, and the pounding drumming of Edu Cominato.
Here at Sonic Perspectives we have followed Jeff‘s career for decades and we have interview him several times before, hence this time around we decided to do something different. Three of our contributors (Rodrigo Altaf, Robert Cavuoto and Joel Barrios) engaged in a dynamic, extra-informative and hilarious conversation with Soto, surprising him with the appearance of Alessandro Del Vecchio half way through the call. For over 90 minutes we laughed, and discussed the album at length, also touching on several other topics like Soto‘s restless work during the lockdown, the chemistry between him and Alessandro during the creation of the record, the past careers of both, what band Soto was almost fired from and managed to get back to, how Alessandro‘s decision to stay living in Europe worked on his favor to propel his career as musician an producer, what Jeff has in store for the upcoming ProgPower Festival XXI set and much more. Grab a cold beer or a glass of wine and get ready to listen!
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