Carol Anne Szel of Powerline recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Powerline: How would you describe today’s MÖTLEY CRÜE?
Nikki Sixx: I think you’ll get a different answer from everybody in the band. That’s what I love about our band; it’s like four different personalities. But in my opinion, I feel MÖTLEY CRÜE is built to insult you. We’re here to assault you. I’m not interested in snuggling and a kiss. I just want to get right to fuckin’. And it’s, like, SIXX: A.M. is seductive, sexually charged, beautiful evening out under the moon that ends up making love. Fortunately in a graveyard. MÖTLEY CRÜE, it’s just like fucking a nasty stripper that’s probably gonna give you a disease. And I’m proud of that. I don’t want us to be tame; I don’t ever want us to be rightable. The things that we do and say. And our lyrics, it amazes me to this day that they will play “Shout At The Devil” on radio. It says, “I’ll be the love in your eyes; I’ll be the blood between your thighs.” I’m like, “Are you sure you’re listening to the lyrics?” We’re not BON JOVI. It’s a miracle; the whole thing’s a miracle.
Powerline: What keeps you creatively stimulated after all these years?
Nikki Sixx: Well, I have plateaus. You know, I push and push and push myself, and I a lot of times watch other people in shock and awe, and they take on the energy of MÖTLEY CRÜE or my radio show or clothing and they go, “Oh, we’re all about that.” When I work with pyrotechnic companies, they don’t ever come to me anymore and go , “Oh, this is our pyro.” They come to me and go, “We designed a new head that shoots fire 30 feet and it will end with an explosion that’s never been used before.” Any time I’m involved in anything, everyone is always trying to find something new and exciting because we sort of pull that out of people.
Powerline: I love your book, and I was particularly moved by chapter four; it really touched me. How would you compare your humility and success?
Nikki Sixx: Thank you. You know, that’s the greatest compliment I can get. You know, I struggle every day. And when I put it on paper, it helps me work out what it is I’m doing with my life. And you realize that you’re not alone. You know, when you write a book and people say, “Man, you know that touched me and I related to that.” I have so many young readers that are like, “Dude, I totally know where you’re coming from.” Or fathers that have said, “I totally understand your struggle.” And, you know, when you keep it to yourself you don’t realize. It’s kind of like these AA meetings. When you go to an AA meeting, you go, “Well, I’m not the only one that’s having a hard day.” And I think that’s part of the beauty of writing is that you can just write it out, even if it’s only for yourself. You sort of start to get it out. And that’s what photography is for me, too. I see something like “You Will Not Grow”. And I remember I felt like I was being told by small-minded people that I could not be successful, I could not achieve my dream. And they were my dreams, not their dreams. And they were telling me what I can dream. And when I was doing the “You Will Not Grow” sessions, I wanted to capture that by having a very small person in Selena and having a very large person in George The Giant capturing that. Now whether or not that relates to other people or not, but it like uncorks something in you. You know what I mean? I don’t think we really have an endzone in life. I think a lot of times people think, “I’m gonna work to get that car.” “I’m gonna really get myself in shape to get that girl.” And “I’m gonna work really hard to get that promotion.” But that isn’t, really, that’s never really enough. So I’m trying to figure all that out myself, just like everybody else is, but if you live in the moment, in the click of the camera, or in just the downbeat of the song, and if you can actually stay in that exact moment, in the moment that you can just smell her perfume, that moment, and don’t worry about what’s after that. If I can do that, put that on paper, or capture that in a song, or capture that on my radio show, I know so many people relate and I feel so good. Because I don’t feel alone.
Read the entire interview from Powerline.