Seinfeld: Music for me was never about money, it was always about inspiration and expression. I’m sitting at my house at the beach, with my wife, and I have this skill-set that I have. I’m not the greatest at what I do, but I’ve working on my singing. My wife asked me what I wanted to do, and I told her I could put my name out there, I could sing for this band, or play bass for that band, or guitar for this band. Maybe Disturbed needs a bass player, or Godsmack needs a rhythm guitarist or so-and-so needs a lead singer. Maybe I could go on tour and just tour, and not have everything fall on me.
When Metallica was looking for a bass player, I was talking to James for a long time about trying out because I was such a huge Metallica fan. That’s the only gig I considered. Early in my career, I was asked to play with Megadeth and Overkill, and I respectfully declined because Biohazard was my baby and still growing. Anyway, 24 hours after I make my decision, I got a call from Rusty. He says, “I’ve been trying to get this Attika 7 off the ground. I have Tony Campos playing bass. I have Dustin [Schoenhofer] playing drums.” He told me he just fired his singer, and I said, I’d love to come down. He caught me at a good time, so he sent me some music just to be busy. He sent me the music and the lyrics. I’ve known about his band and dug it, but I didn’t think the delivery could be as good as it could be. He sends me the demo and I thought, “Wow, this is really fucking good.” I read the lyrics and was fucking floored; Rusty wrote these. From the darkest places, desperation can be inspiration. Up from the depths…Rusty was facing a double-life sentence, He was writing songs in prison, not knowing if he was ever going to get out. Those lyrics and inspiration is what we crafted into Blood of My Enemies.
Blistering.com: How did you manage to get [new bassist] Scott Reeder [Kyuss] involved?
Seinfeld: I was talking to Rusty about bass players and I thought of Scott, but didn’t know what he was up to. I had his number, so I called him up, asked him what he was doing, told him I was sending 45 minutes of music. He calls me back in 47 minutes [laughs], and goes, “Dude, what the fuck was that? And who was singing?” I said that was me singing and that’s your new band if want in. He said that sounds like a platinum metal band and I’m like, “Dude, I don’t even know what constitutes a platinum metal band in 2012.” Scott is an iconic guy, has an incredible sound, and is just the nicest dude.
Blistering.com: Is he still playing barefoot live?
Seinfeld: Me and Rusty ride our Harleys onstage, so we told him barefoot-optional [laughs]. I’m not going to apologize if I break your toenail. He could have jammed with Black Sabbath, so his feet are on the ground so he can feel the vibrations. We want everyone to be themselves [laughs].
The way I hear Attika is a modern day, hard rock, metal, anthemic group that personifies the lifestyle I live today. Rusty and I both ride; there’s a lot of the “Ride to be free, and fuck what everyone else says.” A lot of people say, “I don’t give a fuck.” Well, yes you do. It sounds cool to say you don’t care. I read a quote from my own from some interview in Metal Hammer and it’s funny – when you do an interview when somebody puts it in print and they bold or italicize it out of everything. But it could be cheesy or taken out of context, but it said, “I have tattoos on my face and I do porn. It’s really obvious I don’t give a fuck what you think.” In the middle of the article and it’s twice as big.
Blistering.com: You’re singing and singing a lot on Blood of My Enemies. Is it starting to feel comfortable for you?
Seinfeld: What I wanted to be doing is what I’m doing now. I was very frustrated with the Biohazard situation because it wasn’t conducive to me finding the melody and heavy. I started really focusing on my singing about two years ago. I’ve always taken lessons on and off. I’m not getting younger and if I want to get better, I need to reinvent myself. I feel like I’ve reinvented myself as a businessman and an actor, and as a father. The first memories I have as kid is singing is “Light my Fire” at my parents. I really started to find my voice. I know I can sing, I know I can scream, and I know I can rap. I did Biohazard for 20 years and it became really easy. I wasn’t pushing at what I could do. Not to be an exercise, I don’t want to be in a math rock band. I just wanted to have that feeling of when you hear your favorite song.
Blistering.com: Have you and Rusty started to think about the next album?
Seinfeld: It’s funny – we just found out one of the songs “All for Nothing” will be in Sons of Anarchy. One of my friends called me up and thought I was playing bass. He said “It’s really good you’re taking a step back and playing bass, because the singing is amazing.” I was like, “Yeah man, that guy is awesome.” I was totally fucking with him. But this is starting block, especially now that we have a full band. We do these jams that sound really Sabbath-y, and we wrote a song at practice last Friday and is probably as melodic as anything on the record.
When we play live, we can really play live. Some of these songs sound better in person. I feel like I can sing them better now since I’ve had the chance to sit with them. I love to sing “Devil’s Daughter” and “All for Nothing” and “Greed and Power” is one of the toughest songs I’ve ever done. We lock in on out…it’s fucking awesome. It’s a great feeling. It was a big change for me to start over.
Blistering.com: Is building something from the ground-up again exciting or daunting?
Seinfeld: It’s exciting. It’s not easy to start over, there’s no gimmie. Rex Brown was in Pantera and now he’s in Kill Devil Hill. There’s no gimmie, there’s some interest, though. For me, reinventing myself as a melodic singer was like when Tiger Woods dropped out of golf because his coach said something was wrong with his swing. He missed a whole year of the tour. Taking a step back and re-tooling myself as a singer and starting touring again is going to be an adjustment. I feel like I have a secret weapon, but you’re right – we have a lot of work to do.