Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx recently spoke with Guitar World about his many accomplishments in the music industry. Sixx also admitted to having a childhood regret about his music career. Mötley Crüe was formed in 1981 by Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee. When Mick Mars and Vince Neil joined the band, they self-released their debut album, ‘Too Fast For Love.’ The album’s song ‘Live Wire’ gave the group an early success.
In 1983, they achieved international acclaim with their second album, ‘Shout at the Devil.’ It was a breakthrough album that helped the band become one of the best-selling heavy metal acts of the 1980s. The group’s hit singles included ‘Too Young to Fall in Love’ and ‘Looks That Kill.’ Nikki was listed as a writer and co-writer on the band’s 2008 album ‘Saints of Los Angeles.’
Sixx collaborated with other notable musicians in addition to his work with Mötley Crüe. In 2000, the bassist formed 58, a side project with producer Dave Darling and former Black Label Society guitarist Steve Gibb, and they released their debut album ‘Diet for a New America.’ Sixx formed Brides of Destruction with Tracii Guns in 2004 and released ‘Here Come the Brides’ that year. Sixx: A.M., the bassist’s later band, was formed in 2006 and released albums such as ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ and ‘Modern Vintage.’ The rocker also appeared on Alice Cooper, Steve Jones, and Rob Zombie’s albums.
Despite his numerous accomplishments, the successful bassist recently expressed regret about his music career. Sixx expressed regret for not taking lessons to supplement his musical knowledge. As the bassist stated, a music education would have been one of the best things for him. Nikki mentioned that he advised young musicians to begin taking lessons early in their careers. Education, he believes, is essential in a music career.
Nikki Sixx expressed regret about his youth: “If I could do anything differently, I would have taken lessons when I was younger.” It would have been one of the best things that could have happened to me. I wish I could have had that kind of musical support, and I don’t mean that negatively.
People always ask me if they should start playing bass and what they should do, and I always give the same answer. Take lessons and practice with a metronome. As a musician, you must be able to fit into any type of session and contribute. When you take lessons, you have access to all of the information.”
Nikki Sixx has had a successful career since he first appeared on the music scene. He demonstrated his talent to the entire world, particularly through his contributions to Mötley Crüe. When the bassist reflected on his younger years, he realized that he would have been in a much better place now if he had taken music lessons.