ASHBA – “Nobody gave me anything and I came from nothing”

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Guitarist DJ Ashba (Sixx:AM, Guns N’ Roses, Beautiful Creatures) shared the following message via social media:

“As some of you may know, I was born in Monticello, Indiana and moved to a small country town in Illinois called Fairbury when I was 3 months old. As far back as I can remember , I’ve always had a passion and fascination with art & music. I was raised in a very strict religious home in a home with no TV. All I had was a piano 2 to keep me from becoming mad.

I started playing the piano at the age of 3 and played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” at my 1st piano recital at the age of 5 in front of a church audience. I started playing drums at the age of 6 by turning over metal trash cans to create a drum set.

I knew I had found my calling after hearing Eddie Van Halen play when I was eight years old. I shaved corn all summer to buy my first guitar from the Sears catalog for $180. It was a white Flying V, manufactured by the 10 series.

At 16, I remember lying on the hood of my maroon Cutlass Supreme, gazing up at the stars, with a huge dream of one day moving to Los Angeles to pursue my music. When I turned 20, I packed up my U-Haul, strapped it to my van, and headed west. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do to date, in fact at some point before I even got to Chicago, for fear of failing, I turned my van around tears in my eyes and I started to go home.

I remember feeling this incredible force surging through my body as I slammed on the brakes. I remember thinking to myself, I can always go home, but can I live with “what if” I would have continued. So I made the decision to continue. It’s been a hell of a ride since!

I’m only sharing the story because I’m no different than any of you with a dream. Nobody gave me anything and I started with nothing. I believed in myself and had the courage to go all the way. If I can do it, anyone can do it! Never be afraid to fail or to pursue something you believe in. In fact, the only time you really fail is when you give up.

To this day, I continue to set myself new goals and step out of my comfort zone because that’s where true creativity lives. Believe in yourself and don’t let anyone stand between you and your dreams. Lots of love and I’ll see you at the top! ~ASH”

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