Altsounds.com recently conducted an interview with SIXX: A.M. singer James Michael. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
Altsounds.com: Rumor has been going round and I believe you've confirmed that a second album will be under production sometime in the future. Coming from your initial concept album, do you already have ideas about the content of the second?
James Michael: Yes. After we finished recording "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack", the three of us knew that we would eventually find some excuse to get into a studio together and create some more music. However, none of us anticipated that the excuse would be the amazing response that we've gotten from our first record or the incredible success that "Life Is Beautiful" has achieved. As far as concept for another record, we've been exploring a lot of new ground musically and we're getting very excited about where this record is heading.
Altsounds.com: What with Nikki [Sixx] coming from over twenty five years in one of the biggest bands in the world [MÖTLEY CRÜE], it's not unfair to say that even though SIXX: A.M. has been successful standing on their own as a new band with different ideas, the strong link and similar fan-base between the two bands is there. Do you want to move away from this connection, or use it to your advantage with SIXX: A.M.?
James Michael: The MÖTLEY CRÜE connection will always be there and I don't think that any of us would ever want to turn our backs on that. When SIXX: A.M. went out on the road this summer with Crüe Fest, it was so clear to us that the MÖTLEY CRÜE fans treated us like family and welcomed us with such enthusiasm and support. Few bands are lucky enough to have a built in base like SIXX: A.M. has with the MÖTLEY CRÜE fans. But we were also quite surprised at how many young fans came out to see SIXX: A.M. that weren't really aware of the connection to the CRÜE. I think our goal from here on out is to increase that base and reach many more listeners on the merits of our music.
Altsounds.com: I understand the drums for "The Heroin Diaries" were programmed from samples. What was the reason for this? With your strong writing bond, would four have been a "crowd" in the writing sense, and do you have any plans to bring in any drummers for future studio work?
James Michael: The reason we didn't have a drummer during the making of the record is because we really wanted to approach this record as three writer/producers making a soundtrack as opposed to a "band" making an "album." In fact, we constantly reminded ourselves while we were recording "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" that we were NOT a band! That reminder is actually what allowed us the freedom to explore more unusual musical styles. As far as the future goes, we may very well work with a drummer in the studio on this next record...it just depends on what the song calls for.
Read the entire interview from Altsounds.com.