Seether is a very well established alternative metal band from Pretoria, South Africa. As of January 9, 2015, the band is touring across the US on a co-headlining tour with Papa Roach! Throughout their career, they have released some incredible works of art, and have played for hundreds of thousands of people world wide. They never cease to amaze, and it just so happens that their wonderful drummer, John Humphrey took the time to sit down and answer some questions for Immortal Music. He had a lot to say regarding current releases, musical interests, aspirations and more. Read on to learn what all he had to say!
1. Out of all your songs, which are your favorites and least favorites?
JOHN: Don't really have any least favs. There are songs we have been playing for over 10 years but, if a fan has been waiting 2 years to see you, live... you can't go through the motions, when performing. That’s not really fair to them. But, my favs, right now, would have to be some of the new ones... "My Disaster", "Save Today", or 'Crash".
3. Speaking of, what inspired the video for "Same Damn Life"? It looked like you had a lot of fun filming that video.
JOHN: Oh Yeah. We spent 3 1/2 to 4 hours in make-up for that video. REAL Hollywood style make-up. It was a blast! I think the original idea was to have the band perform, as ourselves, in a nursing home.. But, we thought it would be hilarious to make us look like we were also IN the nursing home. Also, we aren't making fun of old folks. Getting older is part of life... and it should be a celebration!!
4. From Jack Toresen; What sort of plans do you have for the future?
JOHN: Well, for this year... more touring. Australia, Japan (hopefully) and South America. This will be our first time to play in South America.
5. Name something you listen to that nobody would expect you to?
JOHN: Oh man, I have several guilty pleasures. I enjoy some old school blues, such as: Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson. That music is part of American History. I enjoy some old school pop, as well. I've been known to listen to some "Hall and Oates" and "Journey" from time to time.
6. How do you deal with pre-stage nerves? (If you even still get them at this point.)
JOHN: Oh yeah, even after all these years... I still get the "butterflies"! As a drummer, performing can be quite physical. So I try to warm up and bit and that helps shake some of the nerves.
7. What would be your dream concert lineup to be a part of?
JOHN: Love to play with the Foo Fighters. I think we'd be a good fit.
8. From Aaron Wolfe III; Who has been inspiration to you for each of your albums?
JOHN: I generally, don't listen to "ROCK" music while recording an album. For inspiration, I, sometimes, listen to a lot of Beatles, around the time we are making an album... The way they crafted songs was just amazing. Not that we are anything like the Beatles... But, they schooled bands for years to come.
9. Where would you like to tour but have yet to?
JOHN: I'm looking forward to South America. I also hope to do a proper tour of Japan. We did some USO shows there in 2010. They were on the US bases. We didn't actually play to a Japanese audience. Hope to go back there, one day, and do that.
10. From Donald Whitten; What are the best and worst places you've ever played?
JOHN: We did an amazing Euro tour in 04 (w/ Evanescence). Performed in Rome and Greece. Played "Rock in Rio" in Lisbon. Also, performed at Madison Square Garden w/ Audioslave and Nickelback. Played some MASSIVE festivals in South Africa w/ Metallica. Great memories. You tend to forget the shit gigs :)
11. Which one of your songs describes you as a person and Seether as a band?
JOHN: We, recently, covered our "namesake" song for SEETHER 2002-2013. Veruca Salt's "Can't Fight the (SEETHER)" I think that's what our band's attitude is about... in a sense. When we are a band, hitting on all cylinders...kicking it on stage... you can't fight us. No one can touch us! A little cheesy but, that's how I feel sometimes. No one does Seether better than Seether.
12. What is the weirdest, funniest thing that has happened on the road?
JOHN: Recently, our bus was literally mobbed, in front of the venue, in Paris. It was like the Beatles or something. Pretty surreal.
13. What sort of advice would you give to aspiring artists?
JOHN: Well, to be original. I think that's missing from a lot of "rock music" today. Everything is starting to sound similar, in a lot of ways. The ones that stand out, are the ones that are truly original. Find your style. Don't follow trends.
14. On a final note; can you sum up your entire musical career in just one word?
The song John picked that perfectly describes them as a band could not have been more perfect. While the song might be totally unrelated to the band, any time it has been heard, Seether comes to mind. They definitely have had an interesting career, and its surely just going to get more interesting from here.
Huge thanks to John for taking the time to answer our questions, and to their wonderful press person for all her assistance, patience and honesty. This has been a treat, and we hope to do another interview in the future!
To keep up on Seether be sure to check out their official website, along with all their social media. That includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. If you haven't done so already, go watch their hilarious video for "Same Damn Life", and get their latest record, Isolate & Medicate now wherever music is sold.
These are interview that I myself have done. They have not been found anywhere, they have not been done for me. They are my work.