Velvet: Who are you and what are your talents and weaknesses?
Dj Ashba: Dj Ashba. I'm a singer/song writer/lead guitarist/entertainer...
Weakness... junk food.
How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be in a band?
Dj: I started playing music at three. I was in my first touring band
How hard was it to find the members of your band?
Dj: Very hard. I wanted to create a monster band with no weak links
and that's just what I did.
What were you looking for in prospective bandmembers?
Dj: Dedication, talent, determination, three others like a family who
were willing to work hard as fuck with me to get us all to the same
goal, and that's to put out one great album after another.
Can you describe each bandmember?
Dj: I first got a drummer from Texas. His name is Bones Elias, fuckin'
one of the best drummers out there. Then John Younger who also came
from Texas on bass guitar; he just knows how to lock in the shit with
Bones. Last was rhythm guitarist Michael Thomas. When he plugged in
it was magic. I knew I finally found the last piece to the puzzle.
A lot of people discovered you when you were a member of Beautiful Creatures.
What do you remember most from that period of your life?
Dj: God, you work your whole life for that. I was able to experience
things others only dream about. I do remember always thinking 'everyone
was wrong, dreams do come true'.
What were the highs and lows of your time in Beautiful Creatures?
Dj: Signing a deal with Warner Brothers... touring with Kiss and Ozzfest...
Lows... losing the deal.
What's been your most rock n' roll moment to date?
What plans do you have for Ashba?
Dj: My only goal for Ashba is to put out the most amazing debut album
that I possibly can. I wrote all the music for Beautiful Creatures...
and that I'm very proud of, but I can honestly say that this is my best
work by far... so check it out.
How was your show at the Whisky the other night?
Dj: It was great. It was more of a private show that we did for our
management company, 10th Street.
What's an Ashba live show like?
How did you get to be on the X-Box Outlaw volleyball game and soundtrack
'Spike Or Die'?
Dj: Producer Nile Rogers got a hold of a demo I did in Chrome Bone Studios
and contacted me. It was that simple. Nile Rogers fuckin' rocks!
Who played on the tracks 'Feel This' and 'Who I Am'?
Dj: Me, myself and I. But my band will be playing all their parts for
What else can you tell us about those two tracks?
Dj: 'Feel This' is just a California feeling, how great it feels to
be alive, whereas 'Who I Am' is about being proud of yourself and what
God gave ya.
How do they make you feel?
Dj: They inspire me.
When can we expect a full-length album?
Dj: We are in pre-production as we speak with an amazing producer, so
it won't be too much longer. Ashba... check it out!!!
Visit www.ashbaland.com for more info.