The original singer of Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Scott Soto, talked in a recent interview with a Youtube podcast called ‘The Metal Interview With James’ and recalled the time he worked with the iconic guitarist.
As you might know, Jeff Scott Soto was the main singer of Yngwie Malmsteen’s band for the two studio albums which are 1984’s ‘Rising Force’ and 1985’s ‘Marching Out.’
In the interview, Soto mentioned the difficulties of working with Yngwie and said that it was not working with him, but working for him. According to the statement of Soto, this was the main reason why he decided to quit the band.
“One thing I had to learn early on is you don’t really work with Yngwie; you work for Yngwie. And this is one of the reasons why I left early on.
I’m so used to working with people. We craft, we build, we formulate together, and I realized I was joining a situation where the main focus was the guitar player. It was his career, it was his band, it was his vision.
But I really thought his vision would start with getting the best people he can surround himself with and then we would grow together and we would build his vision together, and it would become our vision. That was my first mistake.”
He continued to mention about what he realized about Yngwie and said:
“As we went along, I realized you don’t work with Yngwie; you work for Yngwie. And when I realized I really don’t wanna work for somebody – even back then when we were getting very little credit when we were not even getting paid the really tiny salary that we were promised – all of my delusions of grandeur just went right out the window.
I just said, ‘This is not for me. I don’t have the respect…’ I’m not talking about just Yngwie – I’m talking about overall.
There was no focus, from the record company or management. There was no focus even from the fans – everything was Yngwie, Yngwie, Yngwie. And I’m like, ‘I’m putting the same effort as I put into any band that I would be in, and I am getting zero return from it.'”
How he decided to quit from the band, Soto said:
“I wanted something where I can get out of it what I’m putting into it, and that’s the main reason why I left him. It had nothing to do with I didn’t like the music or we had a fight.
It just basically came down to, I missed being in a band, I missed sharing everything – even in the fact that I was the only American in the band.
You get off stage and you normally get backstage, you’re sweaty and you’re laughing about what happened in the show, ‘Hey, did you see that girl when she lifted her top?’ – all that kind of stuff that you’re used to.”
You can watch the entire interview below. Click here to reach the source of the statement.