Why Do People Still Like Glam? Interview With 18 Year Old Female Singer Nicki Trigger MusicThatJumpedTheShark.com
We were surprised you being 18 actually like 80s American hair metal – usually its only people that were 18 in the 80s that have the excuse for liking it that it was soo heavily advertised at the time, shoved down everyone’s throat, on every radio station & you could never get away from it back then. Why do you like it & how did you get into it?
I actually just turned 19 – BUT I get that exact reaction from a lot of people, and I think especially it’s because I don’t even live in or close to a bigger city environment, and it seems that I wouldn’t even have had the slightest chance to stumble across rock music from the 1970s and 80s. Because not only was I born in the 90s, I was also living far away from all kinds of cultural diversity. But in some way – I just got into it. When I was a kid – I actually still consider myself that, but… You know what I mean, haha – I listened to a lot of the same stuff as other kids did. I wasn’t that much into playing music at that point, even though I did sing! There are a couple of “incidents” that kinda indicated what direction I was being pulled in. For example I did my first head banging at age two, listening to Queen‘s “I Want to Break Free”. Some might argue that Queen isn’t exactly “head banger- music, but I loved them, and I still do. I also quite vividly remember seeing some of an AC/DC concert, which was broadcasted on TV when I was younger. When they played “For Those About to Rock” I looked at my mom and went: “That is SO good, can’t you hear it?!!” And I quite frankly couldn’t comprehend that she didn’t like it! So it started out with AC/CD and Queen, but also stuff like Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams – And ZZ Top, actually. I’m not sure how I even got to know them at that point…Then I heard Bon Jovi – And I knew I wanted to form a band. I think I ended up starting a rock band, because I wanted to BE Jon Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi was really my favourite band throughout those first teenage years. I just couldn’t get enough of their music. It rocked, but also had all these great melodic features. Basically – Is just fitted me perfectly! At age 16 I finally got around to form a serious band, which was going to make all original material, even though I had been writing songs for a couple of years. It was Stacey Roxx, the drummer who got in the band, who introduced me to Mötley Crüe, Cinderella and Poison. The rest is history – It’s been going fast since then. I’ve gotten to know so many bands over the last three years, it’s just absolutely insane. And I still learn every day. Now it’s like I can’t even believe that for example Poison could be new to me – Even though it’s only been three years.
How did you get your band together? Is it ‘your band’ meaning did you found it?
I had been singing a bit with some guys from my school. We played many different types of covers – right from “Proud Mary” to “Enter Sandman”. We never really took it out of the rehearsing room, since it was mostly for fun, and it was impossible to find a bass player. I guess I can call myself one of the founding members of Britny Lace. I had posted on a music website that I was looking to start/be in a rock band, and was shortly after contacted by a guitarist who I started working with. He had some songs lying around – far from the style the band is doing today, which is also why we eventually ended up parting ways with him when we found our current guitarist Razzle Pixie Valentine. We’ve worked our way through several different line-ups even though the band has only excited since 2008. We live in a place where it can be tough to find good and passionate musicians – especially someone who wants to play our style of rock.
Do you write any material for your band? Do you do any covers?
Since we found Razzle V. in the summer 2009 the band has written a lot of new material that we’ve worked on all together. That’s often how the best songs have been written. Of course it all starts with one of the guys or myself bringing in “the good idea” – the cool riff, the catchy chorus, etc. So I’ve got my hands on most of the stuff, just as the guys do. We’re very critical to ourselves and each other. Of course I’m not working as much with the music as the guys do. With my guitar skills – that wouldn’t bring in any remotely good rock songs. But I write a lot of the lyrics and melodies. Again – Mostly with all band members as a part of the process – just as I’m around when the music is written. Jamming over some basic idea is the most effective – and it’s a lot of fun! We have often discussed the possibility of doing a cover or two. And we’ve said to each other a million times: “If we were to do a cover, we should do…” But it stays with that. We have stuck to our own material from the beginning, because we believe that it’s strong enough to stand on its own. And it can be a shame to throw in a great rock classic in a set and make people miss the point that there are potential new rock classics to be heard.
Do you like playing live? Been in the studio yet?
I don’t just like playing live – I live for it. Missing a snow for some ridiculous reason, like when a Britny Lace gig was cancelled because of snow the other night, effects my mood like crazy, and it’s often the people around me who must suffer for that. Not playing live for too long makes me really moody. About studio work, I can tell you that Britny Lace has just finished recording a new EP with four tracks, one of them being brand new and only played to an audience once. The EP is containing and reflecting the band’s best work to date, and we really hope that people will enjoy listening to the music as much as we did making the songs. It’s going to be out early March and people will be able to purchase it through our Myspace.
How do you plan on releasing your band’s material?
Dream scenario is always label interest and lots of people caring to promote your band. That is still stuff of the future though. The plan for this EP will be uploading it to Myspace – We will of course be selling it, but it’s much more meant for promotional use. So it will end up in the hands of any interested venue, music website and record company, etc.
What did you think of alternative music going mainstream in the 90s?
The same as I think about being surrounded by people who all care awfully much about being alternative and “unique” just for the sake of it; it’s bull. They end up all being the same, through wishing not to be. So I guess what I’m saying is that this “situation” still exists, at least among many people I know. Based on the terms; what’s “alternative” can’t ever be “mainstream”, right? When that is said I also have to say that times change – and music changes with it. And thank God for that, because this natural development was what gave us hard rock, heavy metal and of course the glam rock as well as it “killed it off” again. That doesn’t mean that what’s old school can’t be great. I should be living proof of someone who does not think so – And I think it’s time to look back again to bring back to what makes a great rock hit, because we lacked those in the 90s. Maybe it was around – It must have drowned in the noise of the “alternative”.
Have you heard any alternative music or like any of it?
I have had a Nirvana phase, and it stopped about as fast as it began. Grunge defiantly never cut it in my case. I’ve got a sister who’s been playing me stuff like P.J. Harvey and The White Stripes just to name a couple. I respect it, don’t hate it, but I just don’t love it either. I would so much rather listen to a classic rock anthem, because it’s grander to me – simply because that’s exactly what it’s meant to be. So yeah, I’ve got a couple of CDs lying around, but it’s not “it”.
Back to Glam – do you think Hanoi Rocks would have become huge in America instead of Guns N Roses if Razzle never died?
No, I don’t think so. Guns ‘n Roses had a much more distinct sound than Hanoi Rocks – They were for glam fans AND for those heavy fans that had become sick of glam too. Guns ‘n Roses was formed later than Hanoi Rocks, and even though you shouldn’t underestimate Hanoi Rocks’ importance for hair metal I don’t think they would have pushed out Guns ‘n Roses, because Guns ‘n Roses brought something different to the table. I don’t really think you can compare them like that – Just two great bands co-existing.
Did you think Vince Neil should have got some kind of punishment for driving the car drunk that killed Razzle? Did you think that it was gross that keeping that in mind that Motley Crue released a best of set called “Music To Crash Your Car To”?
I can’t claim to have given that point much thought what so ever. In any given criminal case it’s up to the “system”, for better and worse, to give the punishment they see fit, as it’s up to them to decide when not to give a punishment. If I wake up one day realizing that I want to change that – I’ll get into politics. About the compilation CD I think it is gross, but we’ve seen many examples of how far anyone making business out of anything will go to sell their product.
Do you like any Motley Crue?
I absolutely do. I think that the “Dr. Feelgood” album is Mötley Crüe’s best work to date. In my opinion “Time for Change” is the only song on that album which doesn’t quite keep up with the standard of the rest. I have listened to that album an awful lot, and it will always mean a lot to me. I like Mötley’s newest album “Saints of Los Angeles” too. It’s different from what Mötley Crüe used to be, yes. But I can defiantly be in the mood to hear it.
Why did WASP never get huge?
I might not be the right person to tell that W.A.S.P. never got huge, as they are a big deal in my little universe. With an album like “The Last Command” as one of their early ones – How can one not love W.A.S.P.? I’ve always considered W.A.S.P. one of the bigger bands, but maybe some of the lyrical themes were a bit too obscure for the broad audience to get into it. It was a bit “darker” than just women and booze.
Is Enuff Z Nuff good?
I never listened to Enuff Z’Nuff that much. Just what I’ve had – but I’ve liked that; I’ve only got a couple of their albums – so I can’t claim to own any number of albums even remotely close to their entire discography. Saw them live recently, and enjoyed it a lot. So there is more than just one Enuff Z’Nuff song that’s worth listening to – That’s for sure. Which I also think can be proven with the only two albums I own with them so far. Plus – Don’t we all just loooove corny?!
Once again, no! Am I a weird glam fan? Do I like too much stuff? I discussed taste in music with a guy from another band backstage recently. At one point he said to me: “Wow, you just like everything, huh?” – I defiantly don’t. But I guess I do like a lot of different stuff within the rock genre, which is just about the broadest spectra of music ever known to mankind. Anyway, back to Poison. I think there have been weaker albums, and their best will in my opinion always be the three first albums, but Poison is so much more than just one album. They’re sweet rock ‘n roll, and CC Deville might not be the most technical guitarist around, but I think he is very underestimated, and his feel is what makes Poison what it is.
I think that in many cases the bands that are going to stay “bigger” are the band’s that keep their line-up as close to the original as possible. Mainly because it’s this beginning and growing recognition of a band and its members that will eventually make them idols. Because you feel like you get to know them, and therefore can relate to them. I remember reading a quote in Steven Blush’s book “American Hairmetal”, where a member of Britny Fox says that Britny Fox wanted to become as big a band as Cinderella was at that given time. You can’t say they ever did. Saw them live like 1½ year ago, and it’s only Billy Childs, who’s left from the original line-up. Loved seeing them, because I can’t go back in time and see all the shows I missed. All the bands I would have loved to see live. But it’s not as big as seeing a band with the members you’ve known since the beginning. I don’t know if it would have made a big difference back then. There were so many bands around. Maybe it would have made a difference – maybe it would have changed nothing.
Is The Darkness serious?
When I read this question; I was about to just write: “Yes.”, and then move along. But let me deepen: “I like The Darkness.” People can think they’re serious or not. Would a band come that far if they weren’t serious?
White Lion – when did they jump the shark?
I’m not sure. Maybe it was when Mike Tramp “reformed” White Lion with all new musicians. But then again, he’s not the only 80s glam rocker who has done so with his band. And it gives a chance for the new audience to experience what they missed because they weren’t around in the 80s.
Would the original line up of the David Lee Roth solo album become massively huger then Van Halen if they stuck together?
Roth did get some pretty awesome musicians in his line-up, but… No, not really. Then again, throwing out the original front man of a huge, successful band is in my opinion never a good idea. Back to my philosophy; when a band starts really breaking through and being heard – the musicians who made that happen will more likely become bigger idols and their bands keep on top if they keep their line-up. Before parting ways they must all have though: “Who knows who the Van Halen fans will turn to?”
Is every hair metal band just a crap version of The New York Dolls?
No! That’s a crap statement! Who says so?! I’ve always considered The New York Dolls ancestors of hair/glam metal. But it’s punk. I like it, but “hair metal band” does not equal “The New York Dolls”. If you ask a person who’s more into punk than I am they’d probably bitch about me calling The New York Dolls ancestors of glam. I’ve had that happening actually. Haha.
I’ve become a music treasure hunter – that’s how I see it. As I’ve mentioned before, I learn something new every day. Simply by trying to. There are people who can tell me about so many things that I don’t know of, and I wanna listen to them. I do different things; surf Youtube like crazy, go to all the second hand music stores I know of if I’m close to them, and sometimes I’ve picked up something just because I looked at the cover and the production year and thought: “Hmm, I should check this out! This gotta be good”. That’s how I learned about The Georgia Satellites and the Quireboys, among others. Sometimes I “miss the mark” as well, but that’s okay. I don’t think one second of getting to know music that is new to me is wasted.
The answer to that question would defiantly be no. We don’t aim to or wanna be a punk band, even though I listen to some bands that are punk or “glamour-punk”, as you put it. We’ve had songs that had some punk qualities to them, but I’d always put something sounding like it was inspired by Whitesnake over something that sounds like Hanoi Rocks – as a random example. It’s bands like Whitesnake and Def Leppard, to name a few, that I wanna sound like the most, even though my look might be a bit more “glamour-punk”. Wanna be more polished and well playing.
What do you think a another Faster Pussycat album would have sounded like?
As far as I know there IS a 4th Faster Pussycat album, or am I wrong? That kinda industrial sounding one was the fourth. Of course that one’s very different than the old albums, which are the ones I prefer – surprise, surprise!
Krokus, sure I’m serious! It was funny to start with, I mean – They are from Switzerland! Have you ever heard about other things from Switzerland than watches and chocolate? First came across “Long Stick Goes Boom”, once again, because Stacey linked me to it. You gotta admit that it works. Got the album “Metal Rendezvous” right here next to me on vinyl. I think it rocks. About Black N Blue and the likes… I don’t really know. Don’t think I know them well enough to tell. I’ve heard a few songs, nothing that really hit “spot on”.
Quireboys – could have been the next Faces?
Oh, YES! Ask me about Quireboys. I’m seeing them live for the first time in March. Is there anything more rock ‘n roll than Quireboys?! I don’t know why they “stopped” getting big. Like them better than Faces – but my taste, again, has rarely reflected the taste of the masses.
Wasn’t Slaughter like the watered down version of the over the top Vinnie Vincent Invasion?
Slaughter is one of my favorite glam bands. And, yes, I do enjoy Vinnie Vincent Invasion as over the top as it is, because “too much” is not something I say often, but I wouldn’t say that Slaughter is a watered down version of them. Slaughter just hasn’t got a guitarist as “the man in the front”.
If LA Guns put out another album like their first instead of trying to go grunge?
I’ve got a couple of their latest albums – not really for me. Guess they even “jumped the shark” to me. I still think they’re kinda “cult” in glam though, at least with their first album. But as it is today, talking about LA Guns – You could say: “Wait, hey?! Which LA Guns are we talking about?” Doesn’t that say it all? A band split in two – a shame.
Are the best Alice Cooper records his ’78-’83 period?
Alice Cooper has both when his band was called it, and as a solo artist, released so many records. It’s just crazy. And I will give you that they haven’t all been equally good. Some of my personal favorites are actually the ones from the mid- and late 80s and the early 90s. They define Alice Cooper, as I like him the most.
Isn’ it time the Velvet Revolver get a Izzy & a crazy punk singer so they can put out albums like Appetite For Destruction?
They need a punk singer to put out an album like Appetite for Destruction? Hmm… Not sure I get that question! They might could use some “Izzy-factor” though! I don’t think I even need to say it, but Appetite for Destruction is a killer album with great rock classics. I don’t see Velvet Revolver putting out that great an album. At least not as I think a great album should sound. I know rock musicians my own age who’d disagree though, I’m sure.
T.Rex‘s last tour had The Damned opening for them, surprised you don’t have The Damned listed in the smattering of punk bands you like, why?
First of all – Not all the bands I like are listed on my Myspace profile, if that’s where you’ve been checking me out. However, I until recently didn’t know a lot about The Damned, but you’re right, if I had “stumbled” across them – they might have been as significant to me as for example The Clash and The Sex Pistols. But I’m not a punker. I do enjoy some punk, but it doesn’t start to compete with my passion for hard rock.
Didn’t The Donna’s jump the shark?
Wow, The Donna’s – didn’t expect to get asked about them. Now I’m just playing “Take it Off” in the back of my mind. Haha. Once saw like a really old video with them on Youtube, that Stacey showed me, because I had only ever really heard “Spend the Night”. It was fun, and a lot more punkish. Guess I never got that into The Donnas though. So I don’t really know.
We have heard several stories from several different sources that Poison’s live show was ripped off directly from what Kix was doing for years before in the clubs – have you heard this also?
Nope. That is new to me… Hmm. I like Kix. Kix didn’t write as many good songs as Poison though. Not that that would give Poison the right to rip ‘em off. I just think that if you look into it – everyone was ripping off everyone else back then.
Ratt, should they change their name back to ‘Micky Ratt”?
I like Dancing Undercover. I’m just wondering if it’s out there in a re-mastered version, ‘cause I kinda really hate the production and the sound quality of it. Anyway, I don’t think you can just forget about the first two Ratt albums. Ratt is Ratt!
Did Megadeth jump the shark?
Oh. Dave found God, right. Don’t know if that thing made a big difference. I wanna ask Razzle from my band his opinion about this – I think I remember his favorite band being Megadeth. I know it’s one of his favorites at least. Anyway, the Megadeth album I’ve been listening to the most is probably “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” Which of course was prior to Hanger 18, so…
Metallica jumped the shark?
Metallica did so not jump the shark with The Black Album. I know all of your hardcore and thrasher friends are gonna tell you so. It’s what they do! I like the early Metallica albums, especially Ride the Lightning actually, but I don’t think Metallica sold out. They were just good when they made that album.
Isn’t it weak that that guy from Shotgun Messiah dumped his hair metal past and tried to ‘go industrial’ after glam metal stopped selling?
Not if he liked it. People grow, and I think that musicians in particular grow and change a lot in different directions throughout their lives. Any artist can look around and find new inspiration. It doesn’t help being ingrained in anything. You need to open your ears. And THEN you decide whether you like something or not.
What do you think of living in Denmark?
Living in Denmark making the music I do does most certainly not kick major ass. Sure it’s nice and secure here, but it’s also very homogeneous, because it’s so very small. And I think that for example Americans who haven’t actually seen it with their own eyes just wouldn’t be able to even begin imagining the size of it here. I’d like to go see the world, because I haven’t seen much of it yet. Maybe I’ll find somewhere I’d rather be, maybe not. For now – I can only guess. The fact that I’m currently living in the middle of nowhere doesn’t seem to help me feeling like I belong here.
Why Do People Still Like Glam? Interview With 18 Year Old Female Singer Nicki Trigger MusicThatJumpedTheShark.com