Hatebreed Frontman Sleeps Four Hours a Night
“I have a couple different phones and a lot of emails,” Hatebreed cherub-cheeked singer Jamey Jasta told Noisecreep about how he manages to be a singer in two bands (Kingdom of Sorrow is his other jaunt, in case you didn’t know), juggle a myriad of guest appearances on other band’s albums, father to a 10-year-old, serve as label owner and operate as a clothing entrepreneur of sorts. “I try to sleep six hours a night. I was down to like four, but it doesn’t work, for me at least. As for my guest vocals, I have been doing more guest spots now. I let it breathe and felt I was overexposed and did too many records as of late. I did sing on Skarhead and Straight Line Stitch songs. My clothing line is for fun. I plug it everywhere I go, but I like to hook my friends up with gear. I am not trying to be a clothing mogul. Why wear someone else’s brand when I can wear my own?”
Jasta was also a key fixture and figure when the doors blew open for metal in the early-to-mid ’00s, as host of the exhumed ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ series on MTV2. He is proud of his role in that movement, saying, “I always want to see other bands succeed. I believe in abundance, nothing should be squandered. When I was on ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ and seeing that was the way for a lot of these bands to get exposure beyond the touring, magazines and radio shows we had at the time — and even the tour that Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage, which was the first ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ Tour — I was proud to be a part of that as the host!”
The show was so essential since it was able to reunite the audio and the visual element for a whole new generation of metal, and to some degree, music fans, a fact which is not lost on Jasta. “That medium was good because it put the visual back with the bands and made it easy to relate to the bands as part of the community, and it really unified the community of metal, hardcore and crossover bands. A lot of bands sustained careers because of the exposure, and it was great for metal, hardcore, punk, grind and every genre benefited from gateway bands.”
Hatebreed’s ‘Hatebreed’ is out now, and the band will spend the fall on tour with Cannibal Corpse and Unearth.