Josh Todd , March 16, 2004

 

Written & Photos by: Jason Perlman

 

Jason: I’m actually glad I got to do this after the live show. Because it’s not that the CD wasn’t great too, but there was so much energy and so much just rawness to the live show. With this band how easy was it?
Josh: We’ve been together for about two years now and I got these guys in the groove, working really hard right from the beginning and there are certain things that you can do to get a band in shape and half of it is playing good click. The drummer playing good click and everybody getting really, really tight. That’s what we did early on so by the time, I mean we rehearsed a lot, five days a week for until we got back out on the road and made a record of course, so they were ready to go by the time we hit the stage. We did a little kind of a under the radar tour last year for like two months to kind of break them in and now everything’s great, we’re like killing every night.

 

Jason: You put this record out by yourself, there was no label coming down to you saying, “This is what we need.” How free to just go in and do what you want to do and really be...
Josh: It really was freeing. I think it’s because I went through the label experience that I can do it and feel confident about it. Some bands need a lot of direction when they start out but I’m at the point that I know exactly what I want and I know how to go about getting it and the label was good for us at the beginning but now it’s so much better having all creative control. Sometimes that can be a curse for some artists to be too wrapped up into themselves.

 

Jason: The one thing that was great about it is I think a lot of artists, when they go on their own, like you said, they almost can’t find themselves. It seemed you were able to find yourself without going overboard.
Josh: It’s definitely a band thing. Josh Todd is a band. It’s not just me, and that’s probably how it keeps cohesive. You know, we write everything together and we collaborate on each and every song so I think that’s what makes it real.

 

Jason: My favorite song, which is Mind Infection and you didn’t play it live..
Josh: Oh, I’m sorry (laughing) I’ll play it the next time. You should have screamed it out.

 

Jason: How hard was it to come up with a set list to have to take songs away. Obviously every artist wants to play everything they have and have to pick and choose.
Josh: Break it down to thirty minutes? It’s difficult but this is more of a heavier crowd so we just kind of picked the heavy songs and went for it.

 

Jason: The other cool thing was I didn’t hear anybody yell Buckcherry. People really got into what you were doing on there. It wasn’t about your past it was now...
Josh: It was all fresh and new at these shows. These kids have never seen me before, you know.

 

Jason: All experiences I think lead to who you are and how would you thinking back about the Buckcherry experience, would you be where you are today without that?
Josh: Buckcherry, I’m very passionate about. It was a very beautiful time in my life and prior to Buckcherry, I was in a band for five years called Slammed, and I made a record with them. But it never got out because of problems with the label. So, I’m just where I need to be you know? It’s unfortunate that Buckcherry didn’t have the success that we all thought the second record was going to have and a lot of things happened internally and externally with both the record label and the band. It’s too bad it didn’t work out but I’m over that now. I’m just where I need to be.

 

Jason: It’s kinda funny because I remember when the first Buckcherry record came out and on tour, all people would talk about was your back tattoo and it was like the new look. Now everybody’s got ink and there seems to be a new trend in music. You’ve been through a lot of those trends. How do you feel about the industry and music today?
Josh: It’s hard, you know? I have to run my business because I own it and there my artist side. Downloading is definitely taking a toll on the record business. It really has put the record business in chaos and I think that you reap what you sow and the record business has been really making a lot of money off the artists for a long time and now that their really having to reinvent themselves. And it’s good. I think it’s a healthy thing and as far as downloading is concerned, it’s so easy to do. When I was buying a lot of records when I was a kid, I would always go get compilation cassettes for my friends. So, I did that too. Everybody bootlegs. Shit, that’s just part of it. If your into music, your getting some music for free. But I think it’s great promotion if you get into a band that way. You’re going to start being loyal to that band and I think for more kids, the awareness is out. I don’t know if the way the music business is doing it, by kind of publicizing how they are going to prosecute people for downloading, is the right approach. I don’t think it’s a good idea, because it just encourages it. It just makes everybody want to do it more. The artists talking about it just makes people want to buy their records to support the artist. If people don’t buy records, it won’t encourage people to go out and do this for a living because it’s a huge sacrifice and pays a huge personal toll on artists. That’s why you get paid a lot of money to do it, because you’re away from home all the time, I mean literally, this is the accommodations (looking around his RV). You know what I mean?