During a conversation with Alan Hunter, classic Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach remembered the advice Boj Jovi gave him back in the day while talking about how ’80s artists had to be original in order to stand out.
The musician said:
“People like to talk about the image of the ’80s, but you had to have your own style; you couldn’t just be like everybody else.
“When I joined the band Skid Row [in 1987], [Jon] Bon Jovi took us under his wing, and he’s, like, ‘Sebastian, sometimes you sing like Vince Neil. Sometimes you sing like [Ronnie James] Dio. Sometimes you sing like [Rob] Halford. You have to find your own sound right now.’
“And when somebody says that to you, it’s, like, ‘Oh my Lord.’ But that’s the way it was then.
“Like, Bon Jovi didn’t sound like Sebastian, didn’t sound like Tom Keifer. Bret Michaels… we all had our own identifiable sound. Every guitar player did, every drummer – everybody had their own personality, and I think that really is something different from now.”
During the rest of the interview, Bach discussed his appreciation for all musical styles, saying
“I like most music – I really do. When you talk about ’80s music or ’70s music, this was before we had Pro Tools and technology, and the fact of the matter is in the ’80s, and before, we had to learn how to make these sounds come out of our bodies.
“And the melodies of bands like ABC or Duran Duran, these melodies are incredible – like, really – and they last the test of time. Because you couldn’t just phone it in on your phone and tweak it up; it was a different time.
“This was back when ‘cut and paste’ meant ‘cut’ and ‘paste’ with the scissors and some glue. And that’s what we did. So I think that’s why the music lasts the test of time.”