What started as a collaboration of different musicians on June 6th, 2006 became a powerhouse band consisting of world class musicians. The SixxiS, initially the brainchild of the lead singer, Vladdy Iskhakov, went through all the bumps and turbulence of an original band trying break out into the mainstream.
After catching the attention of Grammy Award winning producer, Malcolm Springer , The SixxiS immediately hit the studio, and tracked a 5 song self-entitled EP that they released in 2013.
The SixxiS jumped back into the studio with multi Grammy Award Winning producer, David Bottrill (Tool, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Silverchair, Stone Sour, etc) and tracked their first full length album entitled “Hollow Shrine”.
The SixxiS now consist of Vladdy Iskhakov (lead vocals, violin, piano, and rhythm guitar), Mark Golden (bass guitar, synth), and Josh “JBake” Baker (drums, percussion, pads, vocals). They have also recently added multi-instrumentalists Paul Sorah and Cameron Allen to their lineup.
Vladdy-I think when we worked with Malcolm we were still a very young band and did not really know what to expect working with a producer. We always wrote our own songs, and did not rely on outside perspective. With David, we were a lot more mature going into the process and were a lot more prepared for the process. They do have completely different personalities. Malcolm has a very unique and fiery personality, and his approach was exactly that. He had an outward intensity about him and tried to fire us up all the time throughout the recoding process. David’s approach was completely different. He was a lot more laid back, and was very efficient, methodical and calculated with his approach. He had more of an internal intensity. We spent a lot more time together with David because we were tracking a full album as opposed to an EP.
Vladdy-A lot of the influences came from bands such as Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, System of a Down, and Muse.
Vladdy-Every song we play has something about it that really fun to do live. I would also say that Coke Can Steve is fun to play…I get to play the violin on that song.
Vladdy-I think we lucked out by playing together with several bands already that have amazing virtuoso players, and if there is one thing we learned, its that you have to bring 100% intensity of the performance every night, and it does not stop with just one good show. The important part was to perform on a high level consistently, and we definitely learned how to do that. Seeing guys like Mike, Billy and Richie doing their thing every night definitely raised the bar for us as far as performance level, and where we needed to be as a band every night.
Vladdy-“Rock and Roll aint noise pollution, Rock and Roll aint gonna die.” Trends are going to rise and fall very frequently with social media. Its evident that it takes one thing to go viral for it to become relevant amongst millions of people. You can never say that something is dead with social media being active the way it is, because you never know what the next big thing will be. There are still Rock bands that are successful…they are not the same rock bands that share the sound of Gene Simmons era, but they are still very successful. It all comes down to the evolution of Rock. I think there is a future, but the sound that is “Rock” will continue to evolve and be re-defined for every generation.
Vladdy-We are currently on tour with Spock’s Beard in Europe. After this tour we are definitely looking forward to coming back and touring Europe more.
Vladdy-I think it would be closer to 2016 before we release another album. It all depends on what our touring schedule will look like for the foreseeable future.