Evan Seinfeldís transition from hardcore metal heavyweight in Biohazard to actor/entrepreneur and newly-minted rock singer is indicative of the manís restless nature. Not willing to ride out the rest of his career on the Biohazard name, Seinfeld bolted from the band in mid-2011, a few months prior to the proposed domestic release of the bandís Reborn in Defiance comeback album. As it would turn out, Reborn in Defiance will never receive a proper release in North America, a direct result of not having Seinfeldís name in the bandís ranks.
His subsequent departure from the band he founded and guided for over 20 years led him to join Attika 7, an outfit created by his best friend and Sons of Anarchy actor Rusty Coones. Contrary to his work in Biohazard, Seinfeld is singing Ė and doing a damn good job at it, emerging as the type of singer with enough balls and melody to his voice to make any vocal hook believable. The bandís Blood of My Enemies debut is gradually picking up steam, with a quick run on this yearís Uproar Festival in the books, with a gaggle of additional tour dates lined up.
Youíll be hard-pressed to find a more gregarious, outgoing, and upfront personality as Seinfeld, who spent a full hour of his own time on the phone with Blistering. Onward we goÖ
Blistering.com: Itís a tough thing to start a new band, especially in this climate, so, after you left Biohazard, what led you to join Attika 7?
Evan Seinfeld: It was really Rusty, to tell you the truth. I decided I needed to do something different and I think a lot of artists struggle with that. Iíve actually been contacted by some friends in other bands who have been in their bands for too long who have given me encouragement like ďHave faith in yourself. You built Biohazard. You named the band, came up with the logo, found the guys.Ē I know myself. I produce, I do projects. I work really hard and am really focused and it was really good to have support of other musicians.
I didnít know what I was going to do. I did a Biohazard record that obviously, is never going to come out in the U.S. It was a good Biohazard record. It was better than the last two, but nowhere near our best. Musically, I thought it was really solid, but lyrically I thought it was a little reaching. You canít always know what something is when youíre in it, but looking back, it was very uninspired. Everyone wanted to make an album so bad, but it wasnít like there were burning messages in the album.
Blistering.com: Youíre coming from a much different place than when you did Urban Discipline or State of the World Address.
Seinfeld: Especially fans, they donít realize that. People grow, change, and evolve. Iíll say this until Iím blue in the face: If I donít feel like Iím building or evolving with somethingÖI donít do well with maintenance. There are guys who like to be on auto-pilot: ďWe can survive in this band, with these songs. We can put out a record every few years.Ē But thatís not me. A lot of bands are like thatÖtheyíre not at fault. You start a band when youíre 16 or 17 years old, then youíre 30-something.
When I started Biohazard, I was addicted to drugs, I lived in a bad neighborhood in Brooklyn, I was poor, and you sell millions of albums, you go around the whole world, you meet all sorts of people, and you shit togetherÖI went from being a boy to a man. Some of my beliefs are in line with how I felt back then, some things have changed since then. I live on a different coast; I live in a completely different tax bracket. My life is completely different. I didnít know what I wanted to do, but I knew I needed a change, but I knew I had to be honest with myself and the fans.
I donít have any personal problems with the guys; we never hung outside of the bands, it was a business. And thatís fine Ė people grow apart. I was on that Metal Show last week with the guys from Aerosmith, and those guys hate each other. But those guys make millions of dollars every time they get onstage. But you suck it up, and get onstage, especially when you have songs that are bigger than you [laughs]. When ďDream OnĒ is played, nobody gives a fuck who hates each other in the band; it gives you chills down your spine. Biohazard was the single biggest part of my life and career for 20 years, but the one thing that was missing was the sing-a-long, melodic songs that I always wanted to write. It never came together, it never materialized. The concept of Biohazard was a lot bigger than the band. A lot bigger than the sales, and a lot of people donít realize this, but Biohazard hasnít toured the United States in over 10 years.
Blistering.com: You had the spare show here and there, which was the extent of it.
Seinfeld: Yeah. The band would play a couple of shows around the New York area, and one time in ten years, the band played in L.A.
Blistering.com: So you had to do all of your work in Europe.
Seinfeld: Even that had really shrunk. It wasnít the kind of thing that was inspiring. It wasnít making money and it wasnít that much fun. It was trying to resurrect something that already exists. Whatís the definition of insanity? Repeating the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome. You can play in fucking Dortmund, Germany with the same exact songs and lineup, and you expect more people will show up? It was the law of diminishing return, and a little bit depressing.
Blistering.com: You were ahead of the game in the 90ís when not many bands were combining metal with hardcore and rap. Now, thereís tons of bands doing that.
Seinfeld: I know bands that did it better, if not more commercially. Bands like Linkin Park and Korn would mention Biohazard as an influence. Itís great to be respected and looked as a pioneer, but that only lasts so long. Other people may be happy to live off the fame of 20 years ago, but not for Evan Seinfeld. Evan Seinfeld for me, Iím always trying to live on what Iím doing right now.