Miami Rockers, GEARS, have only just begun to light their musical flame and pave their way. Having just released ‘Kings’ and gearing up to hit the road for a few dates with Year of the Locust and Crashing Atlas, GEARS are within an exciting time and we’re here to celebrate. I caught up with Trip Sixx and Jimmy Wooten to discuss ‘King’, working with Corey Lowery, local venues in Miami, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the recent release of “KING”. Tell us about the creative and recording process this time around.
Jimmy: Thank you! With this being our third EP, we have found and developed a writing and recording process that we think works great for us. It’ll start with us going back and forth with ideas from our writing partner and producer, Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Eye Empire, Dark New Day). Once we have a good idea of how we want the songs to sound like overall, we head into his studio in Atlanta and just knock them out. Generally I’ll track drums and Corey will track Bass and Guitars. Once that’s done, Trip will come in and kill the vocals. This time around, for any lead guitar work and solos we were able to enlist Clint Lowery from Sevendust.
Are there any challenges that you encountered while recording that in hindsight turned into an opportunity for growth?
Trip: Every time I step into the studio with Corey Lowery has been an opportunity for growth. Corey is an exceptional producer who knows not only how to get the best out of me he also makes me feel like family sharing his vast knowledge in music as well as in this crazy music industry.
Jimmy: I’ll second that! Everytime we go into the studio to work on the next thing, it’s a challenge. We always want to be evolving and making strides forward while maintaining a certain level of artistic integrity and Corey definitely brings that out of us and helps us grow.
Tell us about some of your favorite and must-have gear that comes along with you on the road no matter what.
Trip: Pillow and a blanket are a must for me!
Jimmy: Monsters (sugar-free), my Avengers pillow and blanket! In addition to our ridiculous amount of gear that goes on stage with us every night, of course.
What are some of the greatest words of wisdom that you’ve received from a fellow musician that you carry along with you through your journey?
Trip: “Keep grinding, keep touring, stay humble and have fun.”- Corey Lowery
Jimmy: For me, it was the words from one of my early managers, Billy Stott, “5 or 5,000, doesn’t matter. You put the same amount of effort into every show. Make an impression.”
Photo Credit: Through The Eyes Of A Queen
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoo artists that you worked with to bring them to life.
Jimmy: I have this Las Vegas/Desert sleeve that is probably my favorite, other than my tattooed ring finger for my wife, of course. The sleeve has all kinds of symbolism ranging from my life experience to tributes to my Grandparents and family. Mike Oliver, Owner of Dead Sparrow Tattoo in Jersey, has been working on that one for quite a few years now. Someday we’ll get that finished!
Trip: Footprint of all my kids for obvious reasons. The Artist (Prince symbol) I’m a huge fan of his work. The tattoo artist that tattooed my work is Darian Lisker of High Spirits Tattoo Co. in Fort Lauderdale.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance dates that you can fill us in about?!
Jimmy: We’re gonna be doing some dates in April with our buds in Year of the Locust and Crashing Atlas. Those dates are going to be mainly in Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Indiana. Not really a tour, but just to get some dates under our belt with some new guys that will be touring with us! Looking to hit it hard this summer and fall as the agents are working diligently to get those done for us.
Photo Credit: Through The Eyes Of A Queen
What are some spots that aren’t in the spotlight throughout Miami that you frequent and recommended our readers to check out?
Trip: I love to go to Churchill’s and catch new and not so new local bands. Churchills is one of the very few real live ROCK music venues that have endured the EDM, Latin Music, Hip-Hop wave that is currently taking over this city. Another venue, O’Malley’s (North Lauderdale) is another great venue where you’ll find national acts and local talent playing everyday of the week and the drinks are easy on the pocketbook.
If you could exist as any cartoon character for a day, who would you choose and why?
Trip: I would be Boss Baby, my youngest son, Atlas Sixx, absolutely loves that movie.
It would be cool to surprise him as that character, to see his reaction that would be priceless!
Jimmy: I’m gonna change this question to “Comic Book Character” if that’s okay….THOR, he’s the God of Thunder!
What can fans of GEARS look forward to over the remainder of 2018?
Jimmy: Lots more tour dates and at least one more single/video release, maybe two!!!
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Trip: Thank you for your support and love throughout the years, we know that without our FAMZ we’re nothing! We owe most of our success to you so for that reason we’re grateful.
Jimmy: I couldn’t have said that better. Thanks to Jessica and Tattoo.com for taking the time to talk with us!
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