Under their belt, Warrant has eight million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hits, five #1 MTV videos…the list goes on and on. Now, six years after the release of “Rockaholic,” the album that relaunched the band as a force to be reckoned with in the 21st Century, Warrant returns with another slab of muscular hard rock, aptly titled “Louder Harder Faster”. Warrant bassist Jerry Dixon is one of the original members and recently took some time to talk with Zoran Theodorovic aka. Iron Serbian.
Zoran Theodorovic: This is the Iron Serbian from Capital Chaos TV and we have Jerry Dixon from Warrant on the line. Jerry, Warrant has a brand new album Louder, Faster and Harder is that right?
Jerry Dixon: Almost it’s Louder, Harder, Faster.
Z: OK its great album, I love it. How do you like your new album?
J: I think it’s awesome. I think it’s a fun full blown record that everybody should enjoy from beginning to end.
Z: And some of my favorite cuts on the album is New Rebellion, and I really like the ballad You In My Life.
Z: I want to thank you for doing ballads because ballads are great in my opinion. How do you feel about ballads?
J: You know it depends on the mood. I tend to like the heavier stuff but unless I’m in a sappy mood. I like them I got a stop my heart.
Z: So you were a key component to the Louder, Harder, Faster component.
J: Yes Sir
Z: How did you first get into Rock? And did you ever like Pop, Funk or Punk?
J: I just always wanted to rock. I was playing bass at 13. Got into Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. My three bands that I loved growing up, so I gravitated toward that and never really got into much else.
Z: How did you find those bands? Did somebody turn you onto them? Or your parents had some records laying around?
J: I had some cousins that were a little bit older than me and they were metal heads so I’d always hang out with them and they would turn me on to what music they had and it was about those 3 bands.
Z: Do you remember the first song you heard and had you going Whaooow?
J: Probably Judas Priest “Screaming For Vengeance” was my “Wow. That’s bad ass.” And I think that entire album of Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell to me was just perfect. I felt like “my god, this is so cool, I gotta do this”.
Z: It was all downhill from there. Just joking.
J: Yeah exactly, 34 years later here I am.
Z: My first instrument in school was a recorder. Not sure if you’re familiar with that instrument you have to blow into it.
Z: When you went to school, did you have to blow into one of those?
J: No, but I was in marching band because they allowed me to play my bass in the classroom if I would march with the band. So I said “alright.” It was pretty gay marching, but at least I got to play an hour, 5 days a week in band class.
Z: And so that must have given you a performance bug because clearly marching band is a performance art.
J: Yeah not really marching band is not my thing but like I said I got to play the bass in school. It was a tradeoff.
Z: So what was the local scene like in the beginning for you and was there a particular band you aspired to be like.
J: Not really. When we were being molded and starting out. You’re a little bit of everybody in the beginning but then after a while you just gotta start to be yourself and figure out who you are and what you want to do. Back in the day we were so busy doing our own thing and we didn’t follow a lot of trends and things like that. We would just focus on what we were doing.
Z: Were you writing original songs out the gate? Or like a lot of us learn cover songs and sort of morph.
J: No. I never did the cover songs route because I was in Lawrence when I turned 16 and we just played original music.
Z: So what would you say are the pros and cons of social media? The benefits and the negatives of say YouTube?
J: That’s a touchy subject. I enjoy and think there are a lot of benefits to having all your information in one spot. For promotion reasons its perfect. It’s great but the bad part is there are so many lies and things that are written constantly by people and people get off on that. They get off on talking shit, and bashing you, and telling you “you should die.” So I guess it’s the power of the pen and we call them keyboard cowboys those people that don’t necessarily go to rock shows or Warrant shows and live in 1989. They find it fun to throw rocks at you online all the time. So that’s the down side but I would say for the most part it’s a cool way to connect with fans and most the stuff on there is pretty cool but you have to deal with the idiots.
Z: Sometimes their hard to tune out.
J: Yeah, I find for me if I’m not on there my life is much better. I don’t have time for that shit. I don’t have all day. You can read the good stuff but sometime writing good stuff is not fun for them.
Z: I was recently on Blabbermouth. I went to Blabbermouth and made a comment a joking comment because it seems that everybody on there is sort of negative. And there were some people that were pretty upset about what I had to say. And now you can go through somebody’s Facebook and see their profile found a couple of them to just be fake profiles.
J: Yeah that’s the new thing. Fake profiles and shit like that.
Z: People set up a fake profile just so they can go be dicks anonymously.
J; Yeah we need to start a new club called dicks anonymous. Online social media dicks anonymous.
Z: And this is CD #10. It’s been a while since the prior CD you put out. You’re in no big hurry to put stuff out?
J; Yeah it just takes a long time to make a record. Most of the time is spent writing it and making sure you’re comfortable with all that’s written. Then actually recording and then putting it out is the easy part. I takes time and we all live in different states now. I live in Nevada, Robert’s in Arizona, the other guys are in California so that made it a little tricky this time.
Z: How hard is it to nail down one cover song to do, did you have a list of 100?
J: No. I think the singer Drake, was actually an Idea that was presented to us by the PBR (Professional Bull Riders). There very into rock and roll and wanted an RDA at them this year. And the CEO Shawn Gleason picked that song. I wish I could take credit for it but it was his idea. He said” what do you think about this song?” I was familiar with the song and said you know what that’s such a Warrant song. I don’t think that would be a stretch. So off we went and it turned out great.
Z: And you worked with Jeff Pilson, from Dokken on this album?
J: Yeah Jeff produced the record and we recorded it at his studio out in California. It was great he did a great job and we are super happy with the way things turned out.
Z: What did he bring to the process?
J: He’s one of us he’s a musician. He plays in Foreigner. He got us right away and he got what we were trying to do. And just reaffirmed what we thought was already cool. A good producer is kinda like a quarterback of producing records. Two or three guys have ideas and the quarterback says uhh lets deal with idea B and just helps you get to the point, helps to clean up the songs get through the courses and just kind of tidy the whole record up and he was really good at that. He did a great job and we got along with him really good.
Z: I would have to say that “In My Dreams” is my favorite Dokken song. Do you have a favorite Dokken song?
J: I love that song and I love ”Lightning Strikes Again” is great. Yeah it was cool cuz we’ve known Jeff a long time as well. It was really cool.
Z: Can we expect any tour like a Cherry Pie tour?
J: Yeah we’re out on tour now we’ve been on the road and we’re adding more dates as we go along. You could go to Warrantrocks.com frequently and look for new dates. We add dates like every day.
Z: How much have we heard about and read about the ‘80’s was just PR nonsense?
J: I think most of it was true it was a hell of a time.
Z: I’ve been to some funerals lately. I’m 51 and I’ve been to some funerals of people that survived it somewhat and then didn’t. Couldn’t step away.
J: Yeah I ask myself that quite often. I don’t know how any of us survived that time. I think that back then there was less pressure. There was no terrorism or social media, cameras, and texting and all the bullshit that we have now. It was a time where you could just go out and have a good time so if we were going to screw our bodies up that was the time to do it.
Z: I guess moderation is something you are familiar with.
J: Yeah now not back then. Nowadays yes. You don’t hold up as good as you did when you were 16.
Z: Depression, I think we all suffer from a little bit of depression how do you deal with depression?
J: I actually take medicine. Believe it or not, I have and some wonderful instructors that I have been around for a long time if you must know. I don’t think anyone knew that but now you do.
Z: For some of us it’s just too much to bear. I know I get into a little bit of depression, I’m not on medicine, and I think I just have to think about the finer things in life.
J: I think that a lot of us especially in this business, with me I have a lot of super high’s and a lot of super low’s. I think all of us are a work in progress you have to find a happy place in the medium or in the middle I mean and not try to get to high or too hopped on yourself when things are going good. And when shit collapses you got to learn not to beat yourself up.
Z: Have all the Warrant songs been played live? Are there any that have not been played live?
J: We’ve played everything we’ve ever done live at least once.
Z: Do you read reviews? Do you read metal sites or rock sites to find out the latest home purchase?
J: I don’t. I think I just overloaded on the internet. There’s just too much information. A lot of it is just people’s opinions on everything and I’ve got my opinion. I know that some of the other guys in the band are active in social media, read interviews and stuff like that. If I focus on just what I do and my part I don’t get too pissed off or too pumped up on myself is a good thing. That’s just me personally, I try to steer clear of that stuff.
Z: Cool and finally have you ever been arrested on a Warrant?
J: No. I’ve almost been arrested one time but no never been arrested. I’ve always slid out of it somehow.
Z: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Do you want to add anything?
J: Just go to warrantrocks.com for all the latest information on shows and records.