James Michael Recalls Nikki Sixx’s Offer To Write Songs For Mötley Crüe


Sixx: A.M. lead singer James Michael recently joined an interview with Chuck Shute and shared significant moments from his music career. He revealed that Nikki Sixx once brought him an offer to write tracks for Mötley Crüe in the past.

As a record producer and songwriter, James Michael has collaborated with many musicians from the rock scene, like Scorpions, Sammy Hagar, and The Rasmus. He released his first solo album entitled ‘Inhale’ in 2000 and co-founded the band Sixx: A.M. along with Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba in 2007. They debuted with the album named ‘The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack,’ and Michael contributed to the album as a lead vocalist and producer.

In the second album, ‘This Is Gonna Hurt,’ he co-wrote the lyrics with Sixx and delivered the vocals along with its production. Later, he focused on other projects with names like Papa Roach and Halestorm before releasing Sixx: A.M.’s ‘Modern Vintage’ in 2014. This band was not the first project Michael and Sixx worked on, as the pair initially met in the early 2000s.

Recently, Michael revealed that he and Sixx were on the same record label, and Sixx had a sub-label at that company. The label was where he initially met Sixx, and they became friends by seeing each other in the halls. The singer recalled that Nikki once wanted to talk to him while they were passing each other and praised his songwriting skills. Later, he made an incredible offer and asked if he wanted to write some tracks for Mötley Crüe, and Michael eagerly accepted this offer.

James Michael said the following about how he met with Nikki Sixx:

“I happened to be on the same label with Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe, who had a sub-label at this record label that I was at called ‘Beyond Music,’ and they had Mötley records which were kind of attached to Beyond. That’s really where my first introduction to Nikki happened. We became friends just because we’d pass each other in the halls of the record label.

One day, he pulled me aside and said, ‘Hey, I heard your solo record. I really like your writing. Would you be interested in doing some writing for Mötley Crüe?’ I said, ‘Of course. Absolutely.’ That was one of my first introductions into legitimately writing for a legitimately signed and successful band.”

Michael contributed to Mötley Crüe’s 2000 album ‘New Tattoo’ by writing some songs. In 2008, the singer became a part of the band’s ninth studio album ‘Saints of Los Angeles.’ He produced the album with Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba. Michael furthermore shared the songwriting duties with the others in this record.

You can check out the interview below.