Motley Crue frontman Nikki Sixx often grabs the headlines with his controversial comments. He has commented on the current state of rock and went on to argue that a lot of it is “extremely overproduced” and “ProTooled” to death nowadays.
Nikki Sixx opens up on the matter
The landscape of the music industry has been evolving and Motley Crue has been one of the pioneers of the hair metal genre. Just as rock music itself underwent several transformations over the past 40 years or so, the way that music itself is being made has also gone a long way – and with the abundance of technological tools at our disposal, making “perfect” records has never been easier.
However, the highly polished music, has caused debate. Some fans and artists seem to miss the imperfections that gave older records that little added a bit of character. Nikki Sixx is seemingly agreeing about missing some of the “slop” that came from the way that records used to be made.
When asked to comment on the current state of rock in a recent interview with Classic Rock, Nikki replied:
“My criticism is that it’s extremely overproduced in a lot of cases. It’s ProTooled to death, it’s chopped to death, and I miss some of the slop. I miss some of the flat notes. I miss when a guitar player doesn’t exactly come down perfect. I kinda miss some of the nuts and bolts of just being in a raw rock’n’roll band.
“With that being said, there are some cool bands that are coming out and just going to the studio and cutting it pretty much live off the floor, and it’s real – you can feel it, that they mean it.”
Describing his usual reaction to watching Mötley Crüe footage on YouTube, Nikki said:
“It’s funny, the only time I ever really dig down and listen to Mötley Crüe is as we’re putting together a show; you kind of go through the albums and stuff like that. I dug into YouTube and was looking at some of the old videos, and I guess it could all be considered embarrassig, because rock’n’roll is embarrassing – as it should be. We should be ridiculous, we should be outrageous, we should be pushing envelopes and we should be rebelling against each other. We’re supposed to be loud and rude and in-your-face.”
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