Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx Shares His Only Regret About His Music Career
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx recently joined an interview with Guitar World and talked about how he gained many achievements in the music scene. Sixx also revealed one regret about his music career, dating back to his youth.
Nikki Sixx founded Mötley Crüe with the drummer Tommy Lee in 1981. After Mick Mars and Vince Neil joined the band, they released the self-recorded debut album ‘Too Fast For Love.’ The song ‘Live Wire’ from the album brought the group an early achievement.
With the second album ‘Shout at the Devil,’ they gained international recognition in 1983. It became a breakthrough album as it made the band one of the best-selling heavy metal acts in the ’80s. ‘Too Young to Fall in Love’ and ‘Looks That Kill’ were the group’s hit singles. Nikki was credited as writer and co-writer in the band’s 2008 record ‘Saints of Los Angeles.’
Along with his works with Mötley Crüe, Sixx collaborated with other significant musicians. In 2000, the bassist founded the side project named 58, where he worked with producer Dave Darling and former Black Label Society guitarist Steve Gibb, and they released a debut album ‘Diet for a New America.’
In 2004, Sixx formed Brides of Destruction with Tracii Guns and released ‘Here Come the Brides.’ The bassist later founded his band, Sixx: A.M., in 2006 and released albums including ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ and ‘Modern Vintage.’ The rocker also appeared in the records of Alice Cooper, Steve Jones, and Rob Zombie.
The successful bassist recently opened up about his regret about his music career despite these countless achievements. Sixx stated that he was regretful as he did not take lessons to support his musical knowledge. As the bassist mentioned, if he had had a music education, it would have been one of the best things for him. Nikki noted that he suggested young musicians take lessons early in their careers. According to him, education has been essential in a music career.
Nikki Sixx revealed his regret about his youth:
“I feel if I could have done anything differently, I wish I had gotten lessons when I was younger. It would have been one of the best things for me. I wish I could have had that kind of support musically, which I don’t mean in a negative way.
People always ask me if they’re starting bass and what they should do, and my answer is always the same. Play to a metronome and take lessons. As a musician, you need to be in a position where you can go into any kind of session and fit in. When you take lessons, all the information is right there.”
Nikki Sixx has had a successful career since the beginning of his appearance on the music scene. He proved his talent to the entire world, especially with his contributions to Mötley Crüe. However, when the bassist looked back at his younger ages, he considered that he would have been in a much better place now if he had taken music lessons.