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Top Ten Things To Get For Your Rock Star On Black Friday 

Top Ten Things To Get For Your Rock Star On Black Friday

10) A Single Serve Coffeemaker. Not just any coffeemaker but a single serve coffeemaker! They can make coffee, expresso even hot chocolate after an all day studio session or better yet to keep the Drummer awake after a late night banging session. Keurig is a popular choice but there are all different brands for about $100.

9) LED flashlight kit. What Rock star doesnt need a cool set of small, medium and large LED flashlights to use? From walking through dark hallways behind stages to needing a small flashlight to check out the Marshall amp before the big show, a flashlight is a must!

8) Manicure Set. Did you read this right? A manicure set? Yes! Unless your Rock star is part of new wave of the early 90s grunge movement with long finger nails, he or she is going to need some polished, clean tips to not only look right but play right. When did you ever see Kurt Cobain with ugly-looking fingernails? Exactly

7) Car Polish.Well we all know that a lot of Rock starcould use a little extra cash and waxing cars can be a lucrative endeavor, right? Just kidding From your Drummers drum set to the Bass Guitar, Car polish is the just the right thing to clean and protect their instrument from Beer, Sweat and occasional tear from an ecstatic fan.

6) Lingerie. Well unless your Male Rock star is in New York Dolls or is going for some type of new stage look, this wouldnt be particularly good for them to wear themselves if you catch my drift. What makes a male Rock star feel more like a Rock star then to have their number one groupie dress up extra nice after a great show? The holidays are all about giving.

7) Thin Winter Gloves. Giggingduring the winter months is brutal on your body, mind and HANDS. Every Rock star, from holding the stage mic to strumming the next chord need strong healthy hands to get the job done. Keeping those hands free from the elements can help your Rock star have a long and lustrous career. Pick gloves that are extra thin that have grips on them. Eastern Mountain Sports is a popular choice but any ski/sporting goods store should have them in stock.

6) Man Purse aka Road bag. Lyrics, pens, contracts, throat lozenges all need a home when on the road. Having a bag that can hold all the extras needed for the show makes your Rockstars life a little easier. One with a shoulder strap is a must for freeing those hands to sign autographs when exiting a show.

5) Iphone/IPad/Labtop.In todays high tech social media world every musician needs a dedicated computer system for writing emails and Facebook posts to writing lyrics for the next big hit. Not having a dedicated portable unit limits your days at the top of rock charts.

4) iTunes Gift Card.What Rockstar doesnt want more music to listen too? How about a new movie or new app? This is great gift especially forsomething last-minute because just about every store sells these and they come in all different monetary values. Fatgrip anyone?

3) Bluetooth Mini Radio.With everyone having smartphones that can do just about everything, having a loading dock with speakers for the musician is perfect for recharging your phone and for listening to some last-minute songs before rehearsal. These are great for day job Rock starwho need to cram in some extra listening time for the new material.

2) Big Screen TV.Well you cant have a Black Friday sale and not want a Big Screen 60 TV for $175 right? Your Rock star wont be upset with this especially if they are still rocking the 27 Zenith that they got freshman year. Smart TV is actually a great choice for Rock stars because they can check out all their favorite bands on You Tube up close and personal on the big screen. Can you pass the remote?

1) Guitar Center Giftcard.Im sure you saw this one coming especially if youve had that Rock star in your life for a while. Sunday visits to GC on your anniversary? Sales flyers clogging up your mailbox? Just think theyll be ready with some extra cash when that next big gear purchase happens (next week) and they will think youre the coolest ever! Rock on!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

-Jimmy Sixx


The Making of “You Really Want it All”- Studio Part 1 

The Studio…

The place where dreams are made or dreams fall to despair. It can be a wonderful place if your homework’s done or be a stressful unproductive place that will cost you money. Lot’s of it. The entire album for us was a very efficient and a positive experience and “You Really Want it All” was no different. We did our homework. Thank god.

“Your Really Want it All” like the other songs for the album were all recorded March 23rd, 2013 at Sonic Environments in the hills of Bloomfield, CT. As fans ourselves of great studio albums that capture the energy of a band performing live in the studio, the goal for record was to capture the best performances of the songs “live” as a three piece-Drums, Bass, Guitar, and Vocals. In order to accomplish that, we all needed to be in essentially in the same room but have our instruments in separate areas to avoid “bleeding” from other instruments into the microphones. To accomplish this, the drums were recorded in Sonic Environments large “live” room with has pristine wood floors and very high ceilings. (Below is a picture of Fatgrip “Wake Up!” Producer/Engineer Jeff Weed tuning the Gretch kick drum the night before the recording session)

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Bass guitar was recorded in a “live” room in the basement specifically designed for recording a “live” miked bass sound as well as a direct bass sound. (Below is Fatgrip Bassist Matty Whitepants testing the Ampeg bass rig with his 2012 American Standard P-Bass)

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Electric guitar’s were recorded in a room on the upper level of the studio designed to accommodate high volume electric guitar amps during the studio session. Photos were not allowed in this secret area. Actually, I forgot to take a picture. My bad

My home during the session was a vocal booth situated adjacent to the large “live” drum tracking room where I could see Andy (Fatgrip’s Drummer/Childhood actor) and Matt during the recording session. What was great about the room was I could comfortably sing and play guitar while my guitar amp (first year Marshall JCM2000 and my favorite Marshall) was being recorded “live” upstairs in the guitar amp tracking room. Having a personalized headphone mixer was great because I could pick just how much of each instrument (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, drums) I wanted during the session. (Below is the Vocal Booth and the kick ass Neumann Tube U47 microphone I used for the day)

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(Below is the vocal booth with my guitars for the session. Facing is “Genie” my 93 Fender Strat Plus, side profile of my main guitar for “You Really Want it All” and majority of “Wake Up!” “Blackie” a first year Wolfgang and “Cherry” my stop-tail Wolfgang)

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The setting up of the instruments and mikes for the drums, bass, and guitars was all done the night before the session (March 22nd) in an effort to avoid any setbacks the day of the session. It took a little bit of time and some fine tuning to make sure each instrument was coming across the right way but Jeff made the process very seem less and fun. We even had time to let loose a little and cut a few funny videos from that night (check out Fatgrip’s Vine page for the hijinks).

Next up the tracking of the song (s)…

Rock on,

Jimmy Sixx

Below are the lyrics for “You Really Want it All”

You say

You really want it all?

(O ah ah O O)

You say you want it all

(O ah a O O)

Say you want it all—————–

You put your mind into anything that pushes you ahead

(O ah a O O)

Might take until your dead

(O ah a O O)

That second wife will love that big old bed

It’s hard growing up, they told us it’d be rough

(O ah a O O)

Lovers come and so does lust

(O ah a O O)

Cherished moments impassioned within all of us

Pre-Chorus

Now your minds racing, and your out chasing

A long-lost American Dream

It’s Friday night

Time to party

Just the time to blow off steam

It’s just the time to blow off steam and…

Chorus 2x

Come alive got work ahead of you

She looks the other way

(O ah a O O)

Tight shirts can make girls stray

(O ah a O O)

Not that there’s anything wrong with that

Conversation comes so hard for you

So hard to understand

(O ah a O O)

Stick to the topic on hand

(O ah a O O)

Sometimes the mindful can win in the end

Pre-Chorus

Now your minds racing, and your out chasing

A long-lost American Dream

It’s Friday night

She’s ready to Party

She’s ready to go to extremes

But she as pretty as it seems? , well

Chorus 2x

You say you really want it all

(O ah ah O)

You say you want it all

(O ah a O)

Say you want it ah all—————–

You Say

Your really want it all

(O ah ah O O)

You say you want it all

(O ah ah O O )

Say you want it all———–

You say

You really want it all

Say you want it

All

You say

You really want it all

Say you want it

All

You Say

Your really want it all

(O ah ah O O)

You say you want it all

(O ah ah O O )

Say you want it all———–

You say

You really want it all

Say you want it

All

You say

You really want it all

Say you want it

All


The Making of “You Really Want it All”- The Single 

Choosing our first single from our new album “Wake Up!” has been probably one of the most difficult choices we have had to make with the new album. When a new album is being put together often times certain tracks, that you didn’t expect come out as new favorites or previous favorites drop down on the list. You try to pick the best song with the best production and the song that best represents the new album that will intrigue the interest of fans and new fans. “You Really Want it All” has always been from the get go, on the top of the list.

A couple of weeks before the Nov 2nd, 2013 release date we did a little poll with people close to us and got their feedback about which song we should choose as the first example of the new album. What we learned from everyone was 1) Everyone liked different songs 2) They liked them all (good problem) 3) We were more confused.

By a very small margin “You Really Want it All” took the honors as the first choice. People who picked it said “It sticks in my head” and “I love the chorus”. Our live shows have also been a good indicator that fans enjoyed the song, in particular our female fans. Time will tell if we picked the right single for the album.

So far radio has also picked “You Really Want it All” as a cut from the album so hopefully it will “stick” in new fans minds to check out the entire album.

Rock on,

Jimmy Sixx

Below are the lyrics for “You Really Want it All”

You say

You really want it all?

(O ah ah O O)

You say you want it all

(O ah a O O)

Say you want it all—————–

You put your mind into anything that pushes you ahead

(O ah a O O)

Might take until your dead

(O ah a O O)

That second wife will love that big old bed

It’s hard growing up, they told us it’d be rough

(O ah a O O)

Lovers come and so does lust

(O ah a O O)

Cherished moments impassioned within all of us

Pre-Chorus

Now your minds racing, and your out chasing

A long-lost American Dream

It’s Friday night

Time to party

Just the time to blow off steam

It’s just the time to blow off steam and…

Chorus 2x

Come alive got work ahead of you

She looks the other way

(O ah a O O)

Tight shirts can make girls stray

(O ah a O O)

Not that there’s anything wrong with that

Conversation comes so hard for you

So hard to understand

(O ah a O O)

Stick to the topic on hand

(O ah a O O)

Sometimes the mindful can win in the end

Pre-Chorus

Now your minds racing, and your out chasing

A long-lost American Dream

It’s Friday night

She’s ready to Party

She’s ready to go to extremes

But she as pretty as it seems? , well

Chorus 2x

You say you really want it all

(O ah ah O)

You say you want it all

(O ah ah O)

Say you want it ah all—————–

You Say

Your really want it all

(O ah ah O O)

You say you want it all

(O ah ah O O )

Say you want it all———–

You say

You really want it all

Say you want it

All

You say

You really want it all

Say you want it

All

You Say

Your really want it all

(O ah ah O O)

You say you want it all

(O ah ah O O )

Say you want it all———–

You say

You really want it all

Say you want it

All

You say

You really want it all

Say you want it

All


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