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2012.01.11 - MamasFallenAngels - Interview with DJ

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Post by Soulmonster Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:39 pm



I haven't had time to listen to it but apparently he claims he has written 12 songs for the new GN'R record and that the new record is their main focus.

Transcript:

Big Robbo: Hello Mama's Fallen Angels, this is Big Robbo and I am here with DJ Ashba of Guns N' Roses and of course SIXX:A.M.. Got a lot to talk about with DJ as you know he's a guy that's got a lot of irons in the fire, always very busy creating and recording music. But first I want to start off DJ with, your moving out of LA after 20 years that's going to be kind of weird?

DJ: Yeah man, it's time, I'm excited about it.

BR: Yeah I think that with the way that people share things now, of course, SIXX:A.M. is really on the cutting edge of getting things out digitally and making sure that the social networks are updated. With the way things are shared now with the writing and even recording of music it's not, you know, you don't have to be in LA and be in a room with the guys to be creative.

DJ: Absolutely I think that's the beautiful part about, you know, the internet and all that, you know, you literally have the world, you know, in your living room on your laptop, you know, and that's so... that's what's so powerful about the internet, you literally can pretty much live wherever and run multiple companies without much, if any, overhead and it's really cool because it's giving a lot of new young bands an opportunity to be heard by large audiences by building up their fan base on Facebook's and Twitter's and all that and it's allowing, you know, just entrepreneurs to kind of pursue their dreams, you know.

BR: Yeah, it makes it, like you said with the new bands, it makes it pretty cost-effective if you don't have a... if you don't have a lot of bank backing you up and you can't break into the Whisky and the Rainbow like, you know, bands did it back in the day traditionally. Facebook's a great way to do stuff like that.

DJ: Absolutely

BR: I wanted to talk about the not-so-new album now, but the newest SIXX:A.M. album This Is Going To Hurt. Seeing it, you know, and doing research for the interview today, DJ have seen you vehemently call it not a soundtrack but definitely a concept album based on some of the art that Nikki had. When I listened to the album when it came out for first few times I thought, "Wow, this is really really dark," as I continue to listen to it I said you

know it's gone from dark to me to

inspiring is that something that it

takes place in the writing

did that have a lot more to do with the

artwork or how exactly did that come

about you know I mean first of all that

means a lot to me and I know it went to

the other guys too because you know 6am

we always try to go against the grain

and we try to write about subjects and

topics that a lot of people turn a blind

eye to or just you know are maybe kind

of scared to touch upon we'd like to

kind of make people think and hopefully

inspire and hopefully help people and

really you know kind of screwed up

situations in life and and you know I

6am is definitely you know it's one of

those bands where you know we've never

looked at it and I think you know the

photography that Nikki does is so

inspiring it you know we got inspired by

some of the photos he shot he got

inspired by some of the songs we were

writing so he would set up different

photo shoots you know just off the basis

of him being inspired by say a lyric

that we came up with or what whatever

the case may be so it it definitely is a

they go hand in hand for sure but I just

don't see it as a soundtrack I see the

heroin diaries was definitely a

soundtrack because the storyline

followed the book and the narration kind

of it took me on a musical journey and

if you let the book and you listen to

the album days they very much are you

know it's it's they go destiny hand in

hand but I think you know the

photography definitely inspired the

music and the music inspired the

photography and I think you know the end

result was something super positive that

we're all proud of ya and it's something

that's still you know on that positive

note DJ which is obviously they're like

it said it took a few listens but I

finally got it that's what rock and roll

is you know it's the music of rebellion

you know it speaks to the you know the

outside of the outcasts and I think that

that's something that that 6am captures

really really well yeah I mean I think

the the probably the most magical thing

about what we are doing maybe without

even knowing it is we didn't set out to

cram a new band down anybody's throat

this

is literally a side project from motley

Crue guns and roses all the things we do

in our daily lives and this is kind of

an escape from all that like all the

songwriting I do for different bands i

have to kind of write you know in the

vein of that band you know so this is

something that we have an open canvas as

artists and we can be true artist and

paint outside lines we have every color

and the rainbow to paint with and it's

just a project where we just go for it

you know right or wrong because we we

don't care we never did care if radio

played the song thing and I think that

is the key to anything in life whether

it's a you know if you're an artist or

if you're a musician or if you're an

actor and actress or well you know you

work at McDonald's i think i think if

you did you're true to your heart and

you do what you do because you love to

do it if you love what you do you'll

never have to work a day in your life I

think that is the key just writing for

yourself and not trying to follow what

other people are doing or try to you

know I think if you're just true to

yourself other people since that and

they get that you know and i think

that's when you're at your lowest form

that's when you're you're a true true

artist and you're being true to your

craft that thing yeah i had to become a

DJ Ashba expert before the interview

today because you know kind of nervous

haven't haven't talked anybody of your

caliber before and that's one thing that

he says all the young people out there

that are going to hear this interview

we're going to read it in print and all

our outlets that's one thing the DJ

really says is you know you never ever

give up you know it's just this

it's all the first thing you can

possibly do DJ absolutely and I mean on

you know I never thought it was that

hard to succeed at anything in life like

I never looked at things as dreams I

always looked at things as realities and

if somebody else is out there doing it

in my eyes I was like well world human

we're all equal there's no reason that I

can't do it to it just it just

solidified the fact that it can be done

in my eyes so

we made it very touchable no matter what

though it was and whether it's a brand

new shiny car that some guy drives by in

well he bought it it can be done so

there's no reason I can't have it so

that's always been my mentality and

going after things and you know you've

got to believe in yourself you know if

you don't truly believe in yourself you

can't expect somebody else do so I think

it's a lot of the key to success is just

being true to who you really are yeah

and it's it means a lot coming from you

I think DJ to the people little like I

said here and read this because you're

somebody that's played the stadiums and

been adored by millions of people and

you're also the same guy that was

dropped by a record label probably

dropped by more than one so no I think

that ma'am I'm like you yep absolutely

and I think you have to fall to to to

learn you know you you definitely I

don't know one person that successful

that hasn't taken a hit or two you know

and it scraped his knees along the way

you know but you learn every time you

fall and you don't make the same

mistakes twice and and you know

eventually you stop I actually should

say that I don't think you ever stopped

falling you know I mean I try things

every day and not everything turns into

gold you know and but it's fun you know

it's you have to fall to enjoy the

success you know you I think if

everything just fell in your lap nothing

would really mean that much so rom you

know so i love the fact that the

hardship I've been through and for

somebody who doesn't maybe know a lot

about me they may be like wow he just

had life and it's home but they don't

realize I've been playing since I'm nine

years old you know and I actually you

know you know I've taken a lot of bumps

and bruises and eating a lot of ramen

noodles for many years to get to where I

am but I never lost sight of my dream

you know right and for the folks listen

you know if you're in that bar band and

you're you're the guy that's getting

booed remember there's somebody in the

back of the arena saying man DJ really

didn't nail that solo Diddy so that

gives a night before exactly yeah I

DJ I know you just got back home and

you're busy with the move and everything

else so I hate to even broach this

subject but you just returned with guns

roses for a great tour tour the year by

the way congratulations yeah thank you

and all kind of publications I know that

Motley Crue's got the game obviously

Nikki's going to be busy in February in

Las Vegas and it's been said several

times before even though you kind of

broken out of that mold with 6am that

it's not a touring band it's not that

kind of entity and we've already talked

about how you can share and grow your

music now online but are there any

tourists plan for 6am is there any kind

of like mini thing I know that we have

an EP we need to talk about to but is

there anything lineup yeah I you know we

definitely have a lot of big things up

our sleeves and and but until things are

etched in stone we we don't want to give

anybody in any sort of fall so when at

times right absolutely everybody's going

to know what we're up to and doing and

and you can be rest assured we're always

up to something you know and but yeah I

mean as far as februari I believe we

have some guns dates booked I know

Molly's plan a whole month in Vegas so

definitely if you're in Vegas go check

out Motley Crue it's it's a mind-blowing

show and it's just awesome you know to

see these guys up there you know after

what 30 years of being together as a

band that itself they should win a medal

for but um yeah everybody who hasn't

seen him in if you have seen them

definitely go check out this tour

because they got a lot of new tricks up

her sleeve for the biggest stuff so I'm

excited I can't wait to go out check it

out yeah yeah me jen and 6am we do have

some stuff I can't you know just just be

it out for her march and we've been

talking about some certain things but

nothing's in stone yet but you know

everybody will be first to know once we

have it locked down right right wanted

to talk about the item mentioned it

earlier there is an acoustic EP that was

kind of really I almost think of it

almost kind of like a like a like a

Christmas gift or around that time of

year it's got an unreleased song and you

can get that stuff like I said we'll put

the links to all these things up but

that's a yeah was that something that

was planned DJ or were you guys just

sitting around with acoustics and

decided to strip those songs down how

did that come about you know it's

something we just kind of got on the

phones and we're like man we it would be

great because we had a couple to stick

versions of like life is beautiful and

you know I think I believe pray for me

in accidents and certain different

things and uh you know I I don't know

really I believe you know it's kind of

Nikki's idea like he kind of brought it

up and they'd be like well that'd be

great to do a couple of cue sticks up a

new record and let's let's package it

and you know give it away for Christmas

I think you know that we've had such

amazing fan we have amazing fans and

we've had such an amazing support from

the fans you know and we know we haven't

been touring everybody wants us to tour

and it was just kind of our way to say

thank you for you know hanging in there

and and you know and supporting the span

so we can continue to make music for you

guys you know so it was just one of

those things we put it together and once

it started coming together we realized

wow this thing is really cool because

they're completely different versions of

these songs and it just gave people a

different perspective on that song which

is kind of neat to listen to right right

I'm pride myself on not being a

journalist I told Michelle and Constance

many times that I wasn't but here is my

here's my fringe journalists question DJ

and I'm just going to throw it out there

and you can respond anyway you here sure

three words new guns record take it away

um yeah I mean that I can't give anybody

a definite date or anything because

again I'm not going to give anybody

false hope but what I can say is

absolutely is our main priority and you

know I cannot wait to get to get and I

mean axle has tons and tons of stuff

reported as it is I mean he sits there

in his hotel room and they'll play any

hours of stuff you know and and I've

written you know over ten songs

for you know I think 12 songs now for

him that he really likes and I think you

know once we all now that we're off to

we're going to you know kind of you know

start talking about hey let's let's

start piecing together what we feel

would be the next best guns roses

records so you know it's absolutely

everybody's goal to get out an album get

it you know get out and help them you

know within a reasonable amount of time

so that is everybody's focused you know

right DJ I like I said I told the girls

I wasn't going to keep you long and i'm

going to keep to that I like to keep my

word I know you're a very busy guy I

just want to say first real big pleasure

and honor for us or we've been fans of

your music and all its forms for a long

long time we really do appreciate you

taking the


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Post by Soulmonster Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:52 am

Here's the interesting part:

Interviewer: I am just gonna throw it out there and you can respond any way you like. Three words: New Guns record?

Dj: Hehehe, I can't give anyone a definite date or anything because, again, I can't give anyone false hope, but I can say it absolutely is our main priority. And I cannot wait to get...I mean, Axl has tons and tons of stuff recorded as it is, I mean, he sits there in his hotel room and play me hours of stuff. And I've written, you know, over 10 songs, for -- I think 12 songs now -- for him that he really likes and I think that once we all, now that we are off tour, we're gonna kinda start talking about, hey, let's piece together what we feel would be the next best Guns N' Roses record. You know, it's absolutely everybody's goal to get out an album, you know, within a reasonable amount of time. That is everybody's focus.
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