RATT’s BOBBY BLOTZER Discusses His New Wines, Sauces, and Ratt
Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer was interviewed by John Jeffrey over at RockMusicStar.com and you can check out a portion of that great interview below.
RockMusicStar: Congratulations on the release of your “Ratt-N-Roll: Out of the Cellar” wines. How did the series come about? Was it an idea you had, or did someone approach you to endorse their product?
Bobby Blotzer: A little of each actually. We (Ratt) were planning on taking a little leave of absence this year, and I knew if we were going to take some time off, I’d have time to focus on other projects. I love wine, and I’ve been a wine drinker for probably 38 years now. It’s something that I wanted to get into and brand out a little bit, and utilize my position in Ratt. I’m one of the owners of the trademark of the name. Warren DiMartini and I own that 50/50. But I wanted to create something that I had complete control over, so I wouldn’t have to bug him (Warren). I wanted to have something separate from the business enterprise I’m involved with Ratt, the band. I met up with the guys at Artist wine, who are one of my partners, and then our wine maker, Kristian Story, who are all really nice people, and it’s a pleasure to be in business with them. And what we did was, we just created the wine to my palate. I would meet with Kristian and tell him different wines I like to drink, and sample stuff he was making, and just pretty much dialed it in, on that level. I wanted my white wine to be a chardonnay, because whenever it seems that I’m out at a club, or a bar, or a restaurant, they primarily serve chardonnay. It’s usually pretty hard, and not the best tasting chard. I really wanted to lean towards a nice oak-y flavor. A chard that was light, and doesn’t give you the ‘sour puss’ face. We just tailored it to be appealing.
I also have a sauces blend coming out, which is a hot sauce. I’m going to do about 6 different blends. The first one is called, “Pi-Ratt,” and it’s a Caribbean rum hot sauce. The kicker line is, “If it’s too hot, you’re too old.”
RMS: I think it’s great that you’re branching out on these ventures, and helping Ratt evolve, from not just being known as a band name, but attempting to make a brand from it. As much as creating your own business and brand was a motivation, was the fact that you knew that Ratt wouldn’t have any product out for almost two years a motive, in keeping the “Ratt” name in the public’s eye, by releasing these products?
BB: I did a lot of research of what my rights were to the actual “Ratt” name. And the slogan, “Ratt-N-Roll” was not owned by us or anybody. So, I was able to go in and get the US patent and trademark on that. I’ve been in Ratt now for 30 years, and I want to correlate my lifetime work with that. And have something that I can control, and not have to argue about things, as far as which direction, ya know? I’m doing promotion like wine tasting shows, and the “Spooky Empire” festival, here in Florida, which is a three day convention, which will probably have about 15,000 people come through here. So I’m doing what I can to get the “Ratt-N-Roll” name out there.
RMS: Let’s switch gears a little, and talk about Ratt, the band. Is the same lineup still together, which recorded the last record, “Infestation?”
BB: Yes. And that record turned out amazing. It was critically acclaimed around the world. And on the charts here in America, it made it to #30. We also got a couple Grammy nods. So we were very excited and weren’t expecting that to happen. So right now, we’re in writing mode. And looking at a spring release and summer tour. That’s generally what everybody does. Hopefully we’ll wind up touring longer than last time, and at least do 6 months.
RMS: It’s good to hear there will be another new Ratt CD, as fans really loved “Infestation.” Unlike so many other bands who’ve done ‘comeback’ or ‘reunion records,’ “Infestation” delivered the goods, and really sounds like the band that people remember.
BB: We weren’t even writing that record, trying to cop that vibe. We were just individually writing and collectively taking each other’s songs, and then putting our own individuality into our own songs. And they just came out sounding like a record that would have fit in between “Out of the Cellar” and “Invasion of Your Privacy,” respectively. It was a trip to see how everyone gravitated towards that record.
To read the entire article, head over to RockMusicStar.com
For more on Bobby Blotzer, please go to www.bobbyblotzer.com
To order Ratt-N-Roll wine, go to www.artistwine.com