GUNS N' ROSES' ASHBA: 'I Pinch Myself Every Day That I'm In One Of The Greatest Bands In The World'

GUNS N' ROSES' ASHBA: 'I Pinch Myself Every Day That I'm In One Of The Greatest Bands In The World' recently conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES and SIXX: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. When you are creating new music or have some inspiration coming in, how do you decide for which band that inspiration goes to?

Ashba: You know, I'm a songwriter, also a producer, so I really study the style and I eat, sleep and breathe that style or that band while I am writing for that band. For me, SIXX: A.M. and GUNS N' ROSES [are] two completely separate worlds. It's easy for me to separate my brain; it's like painting black-and-white versus colors. There's no GUNS N' ROSES song that will ever sound like a SIXX: A.M. song and vice versa. How do you manage to make your brain work for both music and art?

Ashba: You know, it comes from my heart. I don't watch what other people are doing, there is no bullshit with me. Not everything I do succeeds, but the greatest thing about failure is that you can start over, with more intelligence. Since you are basically multitasking all the time, do you have some tips? How do you that?

Ashba: Well, I have a great group of people that surrounds me and works for me. We have a lot of projects going on; we have the clothing line, Ashba Media, Cirque du Soleil… I love to work, that's my passion. Every day, I'm a creator; I love to create, you know. Half of my brain is music, the other is art so when I get off tour, it's nice to do something creative that has nothing to do with music. Talking about creativity, how would you describe your projects? Do you put a lot of passion into them?

Ashba: I really do. You know, it doesn't matter if it gives you money… none of that matters! I don't need the money from the clothes, it's just about creating stuff that people enjoy wearing and that's something I'm very proud of it. When I see a fan wearing a t-shirt from the collection, that's winning. Knowing that this t-shirt has come from a little sparkle in my mind, that's awesome… There is no money that can buy that! Whatever I put my stamp on, I really do care about the quality, high quality that people enjoy. What is the best thing about being you, DJ Ashba?

Ashba: Honestly…when I lay down at night, I'm just proud. I made a lot of mistakes but always did things from my heart but I don't regret any of the mistakes I have made. I have a very blessed life and I pinch myself every day that I'm in one of the greatest bands in the world. I take a few steps forward and try to be a good person.

Read the entire interview at


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