Daily-Rock.ca recently conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES and SIXX: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Daily-Rock.ca: 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.
Daily-Rock.ca: 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.
Daily-Rock.ca: 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.
Daily-Rock.ca: 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.
Daily-Rock.ca: 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 Daily-Rock.ca.