Hi Jeff, at first I'd like to ask you
about your new album, Can you describe how the new album was born
and how have you completed the project?
Well, 1st it signifies a full
circle of 3 albums, all different from each other that if you compiled
them into 1, it would be a carnival of music to satisfy all senses.
LITT is a heavier album than the last 2 which the fans really wanted
from me so I was happy to oblige. It also represents that there IS
interest out there for me to have a real solo career & not just
do these things at random for fun. This new album is 1 of the best
recordings I’ve ever done, I’m very proud of it. I wanted
to spend longer on it, but I met Neal Schon the same month I was still
writing. Once we decided the new band was ‘on’, I was
doing double duties in writing for the 2 albums. I love a challenge,
but this really put me through the wringer, especially since now I
insisted Frontiers put my CD out in Sept instead of Nov as we originally
planned. I wanted my album to have a fighting chance as I knew Soul
SirkUS would get a lot of attention & could overshadow it. As
well, if I were to tour for LITT, it would all have to happen exactly
the way it has. To do all of this, I rushed to turn in the masters,
but overall it came out superb.
do you manage the compositive process?
I looked over & made sure the keyboard switch was ‘OFF’…the
whole inspiration of the songs came from sitting with drum loops &
a guitar around my neck. After the structures were recorded, I gave
them to the other guys who would be involved to add their own touch
& then we recorded it all at top speed.
played with you in the album?
Howie Simon & Gary Schutt on guitars, I did mostly bass
& keyboards & Glen Sobel on drums.
you tell me about the lyrics?
I usually have to draw upon themes from movies, the news, friends,
etc., I’ve written so much from my own experiences that it would
just be repeating if I continued. As well, I like to think my lyrics
out as having double meanings…sometimes the lyrics can be heard
from 1 perspective but end being about something entirely different,
depending on where your mind is when reading them.
are the main differencies between the new album and "Prism"?
LITT is much heavier & sounds more like a band.
you come in Italy to do some promotion to the album?
Unfortunately not, it’s 1 of my regrets of this upcoming
tour. There was no interest from venues or promoters to have me this
time, everyone is so afraid of losing money which is understandable.
you have a favoured song in the new album, why?
I love the groove, sexy grind songs like On My Own or Doin’
Time, but the ballads have a lot of emotion too. I love them all.
have choose to work with Frontiers, an Italian label, why?
Simply, they are 1 of the only indy labels out there who
know what they’re doing! I have a great relationship with them,
we understand each other which is really important, but more so, they
treat me with respect as a priority artist so the whole plan works.
got a huge discography, thanks to many collaborations you did, but
there are some that you prefer, why?
Talisman is by far my favourite of all the collaborations,
but Soul SirkUS is becoming in 2nd now. I get something from everyone
I’ve worked with & for, it all goes hand in hand.
there are some that you haven't liked?
Yes, many….but I won’t talk negatively about
have collaborated with many artists, what is that it pushes you to
work with so many different musicians?
They ask me!
you like to play again with Malmsteen?
I would jam or record something with as an appearance, but
I’m so beyond his style or playing second to him, I would have
to say no to any permanent dealings with him.
speaking about you, you were remembered as the Malmsteen's singer,
do you like this?
It’s my history, it’s the reason I have done
so many things in my life, of course I’m not bothered by this.
If it were the ONLY thing I’ve done in my life, then I would
have reason to be bothered.
you play again with Talisman?
Yes, I’m sure we will incorporate more together in
the near future….Talisman for me & Marcel is what KISS is
for Gene & Paul!
came from the '80 heavy metal scene, which is the best decade for
this style: '80, '90 or 2000?
All decades, they’re all important, history & the
your opinion does the heavy metal live forever?
In many different stages & genres, yes, absolutely!
so many years, how has the music business changed?
In the same ways it changed from the 50’s to the 60’s,
the 60’s to 70’s, etc., it has to change, it has to evolve,
you don’t wear the same socks all your life! It’s a natural
evolvement, love it or hate it, it’s what it is & always
have a lot of experience in the music world, what has this taught
The 1 thing I’ve learned from this business is ‘don’t
take no for an answer’. What’s not right for some might
be right for others.
are the artists/singers that have inspired you most?
Freddie Mercury, Steve Perry, Terence Trent D’Arby
to name a few.
it was important the family in your musical career?
Very, 1st they were all very musical so it helped music was
always in my ears & heart. 2nd, the support was very strong because
my drive & ambition was so strong. My family knew I would do something
with music because it was something I thrived for everyday.
you weren't a singer what kind of job would have you done?
None, I’d be dead by now!
this point of your career which are the projects that you still want
I’m having a great time establishing this new solo
career, but overall, I want to become more of household name so I
can tour every year all over the world whenever & wherever I want
is still something that you'd like to say to end this interesting
Only that I’m at the happiest in my life & career
at the moment & hopefully things are looking so that I will be
able to visit Italy more often & frequent in the near future.
I miss you all, thank you for the years of loyalty.
Reviews (in italian): Live at the Gods 2002;
Live in Madrid; Damage