Crossings between rock and electronic music are commonplace these days, although they are not always predictable.
Enter former Guns N ‘Roses and current SIXX guitarist: AM DJ Ashba, who has announced an upcoming electronic remix of the Italian folk classic “Bella Ciao”.
Ashba was first inspired to remix the song after hearing it on Netflix’s international hit Money theft. He described it as “epic and dramatic”, combining rock and electronic elements to create what he called “guitar dance music”, or GDM for short. The track, which will be released on October 29, aims to offer a powerful ode to the original.
“After becoming completely obsessed with Money theft, I became so inspired by ‘Bella Ciao’ and the story of the song. âI couldn’t wait to get into the studio and create my own GDM version,â Ashba said in a statement. âI wanted it to be epic and dramatic, with big bass, overwhelming guitar and an infectious beat that I know fans are going to go crazy for. When it was done, I would tell my friend, famous Disney artist Craig Fraser, to about my new take on that classic song, and he also being a fan of the series, got inspired and created for me this unique painting of the iconic mask of Money theft. I was so blown away; I thought it would make the perfect cover for this single. “
“I would go to a lot of EDM concerts, and their shows are so over the top and, you know, all these young kids are going crazy, right?” Ashba told the Las Vegas Review Last year. “And the only thing I noticed wasâ¦ the guitar is missing, you know, and I saw an opportunity, like five years ago, to say ‘If I could take what I’m doing. and somehow inject it into this world. ‘ A lot of kids aren’t exposed to a lot of guitar in this world. “