On May 12, RockMusicStar.com conducted an interview with SIXX: A.M. frontman James Michael. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
RockMusicStar.com: You just released [SIXX: A.M.‘s second album] “This Is Gonna Hurt” last week, and it debuted in Billboard‘s Top 10. Congratulations!
James Michael: Thanks, man! It’s just been a great week. I really had no idea how this was going to be received and we’ve all been just thrilled with the response so far. The single, “Lies of the Beautiful People”, really shot up the charts, and has done really well. People are really connecting with the message of this record, so we couldn’t be happier.
RockMusicStar.com: Being that [SIXX: A.M. bandmates] Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba have such demanding, high-profile gigs with MÖTLEY CRÜE and GUNS N’ ROSES, were you confident that a second SIXX: A.M. CD was even going to happen?
James Michael: No. In fact, I think that once we all got off of the road on Crüe Fest, there was some discussion right away, about the fact that the record had been successful, and that we should do another record. At that time, we weren’t sure if we even wanted to make another record. It really took us awhile to wrap our heads around why SIXX: A.M. should make another record. That was the first hurdle. It took us awhile to figure out what our purpose was going to be for this new record. Once we started talking about Nikki‘s photography, and just about the imagery, and the messages [they sent], it just became a mission for us. At that point, all expectations for the record, just went away. Our goal just became to make the most incredible record that we could. We knew that we had to do something special, to follow up the “Heroin Diaries Soundtrack”. To do a record without a purpose, just didn’t make any sense to any of us.
RockMusicStar.com: From what I’ve heard and read online from Nikki Sixx, the band doesn’t have any plans to tour, in support of the CD.
James Michael: At this point, we have no tour plans. That kind of plays into what SIXX: A.M. is all about. We’re an unconventional band. We’re kind of the band that isn’t a band. We’re not the type of band that’s going to get into the record cycle/tour cycle/record cycle/tour cycle. That’s just not what we’re all about. That’s not what motivates us. As you pointed out, both of my bandmates are in bands that do a lot of touring. This whole project is not based on that. That being said, we LOVED touring on the first record. To get out and play these songs live would be just an absolute thrill. And the response to the record so far has just been incredible. I know that all three of us have the desire to do it, to get out there and bring this record to life. I would never say never. We certainly have intentions on doing something unique around this record, I just don’t know what it is. And it won’t be just your typical tour.
RockMusicStar.com: Not everyone might be aware, but you and DJ have been an integral part of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s recording process, ever since “Red, White Crüe”. How does it feel to be a “ghost member” of MÖTLEY CRÜE, in the studio?
James Michael: It’s really cool. I’m very proud to part of MÖTLEY CRÜE history in whatever way I can be. But because their career is so vast, and spans such an amazing amount of time, even though I’ve been integrally involved in a few of their records, I still feel like a blip on their radar. One small part of a vast career, that I’m proud to be a part of. I think in moving forward, we’ve actually talked about doing some more writing for the next record. I would certainly be excited to be involved in any way that I can. The most exciting thing about it is that the MÖTLEY CRÜE fans are so devoted. They have been incredibly supportive of SIXX: A.M. They just stick with this band. Anything that you do with MÖTLEY CRÜE, people are going to be there to support it and get enthusiastic about it.
Read the entire interview from RockMusicStar.com.
“Lies Of The Beautiful People” video: