DJ Ashba

Daren Jay Ashba

Daren Jay"DJ"Ashba(born November 10, 1972) is an American musician, producer, and songwriter. He is currently the lead guitarist in Sixx:A.M. . He is also known for his work with hard rock bands BulletBoys and Beautiful Creatures . He has worked with various artists including Mötley Crüe , Guns N' Roses , Drowning Pool , Marion Raven , Aimee Allen and Neil Diamond . He is the CEO of Ashba Media.

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Early life[edit]

Ashba was born in Monticello , Indiana. He was raised in Fairbury , Illinois. His mother was a classically trained pianist who began teaching him about music as a toddler. Ashba performed in his first piano recital at the age of five, where he played Beethoven's " Ode to Joy ". His next ambition was to learn the drums. He built kits out of garbage cans and pots and pans, until he finally acquired a real set at the age of six. When he was eight, he took a job picking corn in the fields to earn enough money to buy his first guitar out of the Sears catalog . He would ride to his job in the corn fields on the bus with a guitarist from a local band, who would teach him a new chord each day on a fret that they had carved into the back of a bus seat with a pocket knife. For his 16th birthday, his father took him to his first concert: Mötley Crüe 's Girls, Girls, Girls Tour. He later said, "The crowd, the music, the lights! It was the night I realized that no matter what it takes, I was gonna be on that stage one day." At the age of 18, he packed up his possessions and moved to Hollywood to begin his career.

Solo, BulletBoys (1991-2002)[edit]

It was during his time with the band that he met Joe Lesté of Bang Tango .In 1999, he departed the group to start a new band with Lesté.

Beautiful Creatures (1999-2002)[edit]

Main article: Beautiful Creatures (band)

The band then signed with Warner Bros. and released their self-titled debutBeautiful Creatures, produced by Marilyn Manson cohort Sean Beavan , on August 14, 2001.Album track1 A.M.was featured in the soundtrack for the 2001 horror film Valentine and TV series Smallville .Ridewas featured on the soundtrack to the 2002 remake of Rollerball .Despite appearing at Ozzfest , theRolling Rock Tourthe band was dropped from their label due to poor album sales. On February 13, 2002, the band announced that Ashba had left the group and the band found a replacement and continued on.

Solo (2002-2007)[edit]

Ashba with Guns N' Roses during a concert in Bangalore

Also in 2003, Ashba was invited to participate in the group Brides of Destruction with Nikki Sixx and Tracii Guns but turned it down to focus on his solo project.In 2005, a small controversy was caused when it was suggested that neither Tommy Lee nor Mick Mars played on the new tracks for Mötley Crüe 's compilation album Red, White & Crüe (duties were supposedly handled by Vandals' drummer Josh Freese and Ashba as well as Mick being replaced by Ashba on their reunion tour. Ashba hit back at the rumors:

A VH1 documentary of the band reuniting would later show that Lee did indeed play on some of the tracks.

and albumSet Me Free. James Michael also is credited on the albums.In March 2007, Sixx penned "Reason I'm Alive" for Drowning Pool 's new albumFull Circlewith both Sixx and Ashba co-producing the track.

Sixx:A.M. (2007-present)[edit]

Main article: Sixx:A.M.

After constant support for the band and interest in a tour, they held a nationwide vote for tour dates. The tour was scheduled to start in spring 2008, but had been postponed to the summer due to unforeseeable circumstances.On April 15, 2008, Sixx:A.M. announced they would be touring as part of Mötley Crüe 's Crüe Fest , along with Buckcherry , Papa Roach and Trapt . The tour began on July 1, 2008, in West Palm Beach, Florida .During Crüe Fest, Papa Roach drummer Tony Palermo served as a touring drummer for the band. A deluxe tour edition ofThe Heroin Diaries Soundtrackwas released on November 25, 2008, which included a bonus live EP entitledLive Is Beautifulwhich features recorded performances from the band's summer tour. In April 2009, both James Michael and Nikki Sixx confirmed that the band was in the studio, recording new material. Sixx added that the new material is "inspiring. it feels like we may have topped ourselves on this album coming up, and can't wait for you to hear what it sounds like."On May 3, 2011 the Sixx:A.M. albumThis Is Gonna Hurtwas released.

Guns N' Roses (2009-2015)[edit]

Ashba performing with Guns N' Roses in 2013
Main article: Guns N' Roses

video release. On July 27, 2015, DJ Ashba announced he was leaving the band, citing his commitment to his family and his other band Sixx:A.M. .Ashba released a statement saying "I have reached a point in my life where I feel it's time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me."

Other work[edit]

Saints of Los Angelespenning all tracks with the exception of "This Ain't a Love Song".The title track " Saints of Los Angeles " was nominated for a Grammy the same year.

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 DJ Ashba's Equipment

Guitars: assortment of Gibson Les Paul guitars, Ernie Ball Music Man Axis guitars Amps: Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier 100W heads, Four straight-front Line 6 4x12 cabinets loaded with celestion vintage 30s, Line 6 Spider Valve 412Vs 240W 4X12 Guitar Speaker Cabinet Straight, Two modified Line 6 POD pro amp modules, Line 6 Vetta HD and Vetta HD II Heads Pedals: Morley Mark Tremonti Wah Pedal, Digitech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal, GCX Ground Control PRO Midi Controller, Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal

As of 2016, now uses his very own Schecter DJ Ashba signature model from the Schecter USA Custom Shop.

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 DJ Ashba's Discography

Solo[]

  • Addiction To The Friction(1996)
  • Eli Roth's Goretorium - Songs For The Demented Mind(2012)

With Beautiful Creatures[]

With Guns N' Roses[]

With Sixx:A.M.[]

Production, songwriting and guest credits[]

YearAlbum titleBandRecord labelCredits
2002 I'd Start a Revolution If I Could Get Up in the Morning Aimee Allen ElektraUnreleased Guitars on "Revolution"
2003 Welcome To Blue Island Enuff Z'Nuff Perris Records Guitars on "87 Days"
2003 Outlaw Volleyball Original Soundtrack Sumthing Distribution Composer, Primary Artist on "Feel This" and "Who Am I"
2005 Heads Will Roll EP Marion Raven Eleven Seven Co-writer "Spit You Out"
2007 Set Me Free Marion Raven Eleven Seven/Warner Bros. Co-writer "Set Me Free" and "Thank You For Loving Me"
2007 Full Circle Drowning Pool Eleven Seven Co-producer on "Reason I'm Alive"
2007 The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack Sixx:A.M. Eleven Seven Co-writer and producer
2007 Saints of Los Angeles Mötley Crüe Eleven Seven/Universal Music Group Co-writer on all tracks except "This Ain't a Love Song"
2009 A Cherry Cherry Christmas Neil Diamond American,Columbia
2009 Whatever Gets You Off The Last Vegas Eleven Seven Co-producer
2011 This Is Gonna Hurt Sixx:A.M. Eleven Seven Co-writer and producer
2011 Memories of a Beautiful Disaster James Durbin Wind-Up Records Co-writer "Crawling Home"

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 DJ Ashba's References

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  11. "Former BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Duo Join Forces In ASHBA - May 17, 2003". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  12. "Interview with D.J. Ashba ~ Brian Rademacher: When you first met Nikki Sixx what was your impression? Date: October 2007". Rockeyez.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  13. "Guitarist DJ ASHBA Rejects MÖTLEY CRÜE Rumors - January 9, 2005". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  14. "NIKKI SIXX, DJ ASHBA Team Up To Launch FUNNY FARM Studios - July 14, 2006". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  15. "MÖTLEY CRÜE's SIXX Completes 'Eight New Tracks With No Destination In Mind' - September 22, 2006". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
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  17. "MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist, Ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Guitarist Guest On New MARION RAVEN Single - December 19, 2006". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  18. "MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist, Ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Guitarist Write, Produce Songs For DROWNING POOL - March 2, 2007". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  19. "NIKKI SIXX's 'The Heroin Diaries': Book, Album Release Dates Announced - May 8, 2007". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  20. "Metal News - Nikki Sixx Denies Sixx:A.M. Tour". Metalunderground.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
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  24. GUNS N' ROSES NAMES DJ ASHBA AS BAND'S NEWEST AXEMAN March 21, 2009 Archived September 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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  26. "GUNS N' ROSES Plays Longest Concert Ever In Tokyo - December 19, 2009". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
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