Many know Share Ross for her involvement in the band, Vixen. But the multi-talented bassist, songwriter and motivational speaker has been involved in a plethora of other projects over the course of her career, including the 90’s super-group, Contraband, Bubble and her recent involvement with Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) in Down ‘n’ Outz.
Now Ross, along with husband, Bam (Bubble, Jo Dog & The Desperados) are involved in a brand new project. The harmonically-infused, hook-laden, Twin Flames Radio. Drawing from their 1970s musical influences and built on lush production and inspired songwriting, Twin Flames Radio is unlike anything the duo has done before.
Ross has recently started a Pledge Music campaign where fans can personally get involved with the new project. AXS recently spoke with her about Twin Flames Radio and also got an update on Vixen in this new interview.
AXS: Most fans know you from your time in Vixen or with Bubble and Down ‘n’ Outz. How would you describe Twin Flames Radio and how it relates to some of those other projects?
Share Ross: It’s a little more of a seventies influence with a lot of lush harmonies and production, but we didn’t want it to be defined by a band sound. We have different guitar players on a few of the songs but the concept is that it’s just me and my husband, Bam. It’s allowed us to take our time and do layer upon layer of cool harmonies, string and horn arrangements. I also play piano, so there’s a lot of keyboards on this album.
AXS: What was the songwriting process like?
SR: It’s really dependent upon the song. Sometimes one of us will just pick up an instrument and see what flows. Other times, it’s pieced together by a lyrical idea. Sometimes you feel as if a song just writes itself and you’re just a vehicle for it. Bam and I have written a lot of songs together over the years and a lot of times when we’re jamming we’ll just leave the record button on. The most inspiring moments make us glad that we were "rolling tape".
AXS: Let’s discuss a few tracks from the new project, beginning with “Peace & Love & Rock & Roll”.
SR: That was a song inspired by Mott The Hoople, T-Rex and [David] Bowie and was something Bam had been kicking around for a while. The phrase is something we always say. Lyrically, it’s about trying to make it in the music business. Even if you don’t achieve true success, at the end of the day the main thing that matters is peace and love and rock and roll. Musically, we wanted to explore playing around with different ideas, and one of the main things on this record is the harmonies.
AXS: What can you tell me about the song, “Got That Thing”?
SR: That came about from a jam session we had with Dano Ceritelli. We recorded the session and then later, Bam took some of his guitar parts and wrote a new song out of it. Recording is another tool in the creative process.
AXS: What made you decide to start a Pledge Music campaign?
SR: Since Twin Flames Radio is a new project, we thought it would be a cool way to get the word out and have those that pledge share the project with others. Pledge Music has been a great company to work with.
AXS: What are some of the perks supporters can receive?
SR: We have everything from standard, signed bundles of the new album as well as our back catalog of Bubble. We also have bass and drum lessons via Skype, hand-written lyric sheets, photographs and even a personalized greeting. We’re working on a few other perks as well. We’re hoping to release the album in early Spring.
AXS: Can you give me an update on what Vixen has planned for 2018?
SR: We recorded a live CD from a show we did in Chicago in 2017 along with a kick ass studio track we did with Michael Wagener [whose resume includes work with Metallica & Alice Cooper]. We also recorded a version of one of our hits with a totally different approach. It sounds amazing and magical and will be coming out in February. Touring wise, we’ve got the Monsters of Rock Cruise in February and a few other shows with Skid Row all over America. Then we’ve got Sweden Rock in June along with the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium.
AXS: Next year will be the 30th anniversary of Vixen’s debut album. What thoughts come to mind when you think of that milestone?
SR: My first thought is, has it really been that long? [laughs]. It still feels right whenever we go up onstage and I look at Roxy [Petrucci] and Janet [Gardner]. They’re my long time, lifetime rock and roll sisters. There’s a bond there that’s irreplaceable. I also feel Jan Kuehnemund [Vixen founder who passed away in 2013] there with us every night as well.
AXS: What excites you the most about this next phase of your career? What are you most looking forward to about 2018?
SR: I’m looking forward to all of it. I’m really happy just to wake up every day and don’t believe in multi-tasking other than breathing and walking. You’ve got to work on whatever’s at hand and ignore everything else. Whatever’s in front of me is what I’m most excited about.