Editor’s Note: It was a great time chatting with the legendary vocalist Jeff Scott Soto of Sons Of Apollo. Sons Of Apollo has been igniting the world of progressive rock/metal music of late with their thunderous grooves, sleek guitar playing, and dynamics in the progression of the music. “Psychotic Symphony” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. As of press time, they have finished up their North American run in Joliet, Illinois and they will be slated to play several European festivals this summer! Check out Sons Of Apollo at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: What has been your reaction when “Psychotic Symphony” hit number one on Billboard Heatseekers?
Jeff Scott Soto: My reaction was that I was amazed by it, it really showed that people are craving some great progressive rock music, and it is always an honor to be number one on any chart much less this chart, and my vision was that although I’ve been in Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force to Journey to Trans-Siberian Orchestra to this, that was to finally break into the United States and be able to tour and to play in America on a regular basis, that I was finally seeing the success as an artist.
Madness To Creation: I’ve heard your music throughout your career, what are some techniques you use to train yourself as a vocalist?
Jeff: Well, a vocalist needs lots of rest and lots of hydration, and we need to make sure that we rest our vocals and get plenty of sleep. A lot of vocalists forget to do that simply because of the lifestyles they might get involved in or excessive talking or laughing. The vocal cords are probably the most fragile muscle in our body because they are incredibly thin and they are easy to tear, that’s why some singers don’t last as long. To help with this, I also chew sugarless gum because it has glycerin in there and it provides lots of coating for the vocal cords and I also drink hot tea and honey to help with the voice.
Madness To Creation: The crowds have been singing along to the crowds with Sons of Apollo? What is your reaction when audiences have been singing along to these songs?
Jeff: It is certainly something that you can’t put a price tag on. It is something that I live for as an artist to see the audience groove to the same things that I groove to and it builds that special connection between us and the fans. There isn’t enough boats or houses in the world that I would want to have in exchange for that feeling. It’s what we live for as artists. I’m really thankful that people have connected to our music like that. It reminds me of that day as a kid that I would go and see my favorite bands in concert, I don’t ever want to lose that feeling.
Madness To Creation: What were some of your favorite concerts that you went to growing up?
Jeff: Two bands immediately come to mind. Journey and Van Halen. They both had two of my favorite frontmen of all time in Steve Perry and David Lee Roth. There was no feeling like it when I saw them. They both had amazing voices and they both were the dudes that the girls wanted to be with and the guys wanted to be like.
Madness To Creation: What have you learned from your days with Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force to Journey to Trans Siberian Orchestra to now with Sons Of Apollo?
Jeff: I’ve learned that I’ve wanted to cover any genre of music and that I have the capability to do that. With those bands that you have mentioned, it doesn’t get much more extreme in terms of tastes of music than that. I mean I’ve gone from metal, to pop rock to a classical type of singing with those bands. One of the singers I wanted to be like was Freddie Mercury of Queen. He had the ability to sing any style of music that he wanted to and I wanted to do the same thing, whether it was disco, funk, to rock, to a classical sound to metal, it has really prepared for the vocals that I do today.
Madness To Creation: How has the chemistry been like with the legendary musicians that are in Sons Of Apollo?
Jeff: It has been unlike any other experience I have had previously. We have known each other individually and collectively previously, and it is such a strong chemistry we have. We like to joke around and clown around while we are in the studio or during rehearsal, but when it’s time to get down to serious business, we do just that and get down to serious business. We are all a serious band.
Madness To Creation: What’s been the craziest moment while out on this tour?
Jeff: Well, unfortunately we haven’t had any crazy moments really, we are so focused on playing great shows that we haven’t really gone autopilot, and not that going autopilot is a bad thing, it’s that point where it comes naturally for you and you don’t have to always think about the parts to play or sing, or think about the transitions and progressions and then think about where your part is coming in. We do like to jam out, that’s for sure.
Madness To Creation: I love the videos to “Lost In Oblivion” and “Coming Home”, take us into those songs and videos
Jeff: Well, the songs and videos came out about five and three months ago, and people have responded to them really well. We really wanted to be innovative and progressive with the sounds of those two songs, and they’ve done really well for us. We also have a third single and video coming out really soon, but I don’t know if it’s common knowledge yet, so I can’t discuss it right now.
Madness To Creation: If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change?
Jeff: While I respect people’s rights to bear arms, in light of the recent events, we have to change the conversation in that. There are too many people doing horrible things to each other because of the easy access they have to some of these weapons. I remember growing up and when something bad would happen, my parents would be sad and talk about it, and I’m like, “yeah, that’s sad”, and go about my day, but as my life has gone on and I’ve gotten older, I tend to reflect more on those things. People are unnecessarily hurting and killing each other and it’s time that we look into that.
Madness To Creation: What else would you like to add?
Jeff: Well this tour wraps up in Joliet, Illinois this weekend and we are planning on playing all over the world. I really want to stress that this is a serious band and not just some side project or supergroup. We plan on having this be a full time thing, we are touring all over the world for the rest of the year!
Check out Sons Of Apollo at the tour dates below:
Friday, June 22nd- Hellfest in Clisson, France
Saturday, June 23rd- Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
Sunday, June 24th- Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milano, Italy
Saturday, June 30th- Be Prog! My Friend in Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, July 1st- Ramblin’ Man in Maidstone, United Kingdom
Saturday, July 14th- Dynamo Metal Fest in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Friday, August 3rd- Wacken in Wacken, Germany
Saturday, August 18th- Prog In Park II in Warsaw, Poland
Saturday, September 22nd- A Very Special Evening with Sons Of Apollo & the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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