Tell me a bit about yourself.
I'm 5'10" and I'm 140 lbs. I like long walks on the beach and Blockbuster nights. I'm an Aries.
Pina Coladas and getting wet in the rain. So what sparked your interest in music?
I got interested in music through a friend who played guitar when I was 16. He told me to come over to his house. I just plugged in a microphone into a guitar amp and started screaming. That's really how it started and the rest is history. I always liked music. I was a California kid. Grew up skateboarding, surfing, and listening to Orange county punk rock music. I love the writing aspect of music. It's really a release for me and that's why I became a musician.
I was also checking out your tattoos. How did you get interested in that?
I like tattoos. You like tattoos?
Yeah, I think tattoos are kind of nice. I don't know if I'm into people tattooing their entire bodies.
Have you ever been with a guy with a lot of tattoos?
I've been with guys who have one or two tattoos. I've never been with someone who was tattooed all over.
You haven't really gone for it. You haven't taken the big leap.
That would be a big leap. What got you into doing the all over body tattooing?
I just wanted it at a very early age. Trying to be really tattooed. I always liked the way the Indians looked. I like the way bikers look and shit. I just thought it was a cool look. I was determined to be there that way and I was basically being part of a tribe in my opinion. Everybody I know, all of my close friends, are pretty heavily tattooed so I don't really think about it that much.
What happened with Buckcherry? You guys were on your way to fame and fortune.
Just a lot of things. It wasn't just one thing. It was a breakdown at the record label. Management. Internally everybody stopped respecting one another. You can't have success when all those things aren't working. It just all fell apart.
Do you feel that with this band you have right now, there's a lot more respect between the members than when you were in Buckcherry?
Do you think that this will have more of a future than Buckcherry did?
I saw you guys once in Dallas. It was a cool show. You also worked with the Guns N' Roses guys.
It was fun while it lasted but it just didn't work out.
One of these days they might get around to releasing Chinese Democracy.
Yeah, but does anyone really want to listen to it at this point?
True. Tell me about your current band and how you guys met up.
I just called about an ad in a music magazine. I just had this feeling. I was sitting in a news stand and I just thought it would be a good idea. I did it. I didn't tell them who I was. I really wasn't even going to show up to tell you the truth because I thought it was silly. A friend of mine, the guy who actually produced this record, kept talking me into going down there. I'm glad I did because we have a great chemistry.
Tell me about the CD.
The CD is great. It's called You Made Me. You can get it online right now at www.joshtodd.com. You can get it at the shows and it comes out in stores March 9th on XSRecords. It's a great record.
Tell me about some of the songs.
I was a part in creating all the songs so I like them all but there are certain songs I dig a lot like "The Walls", "Blast", and "Lovely Bones". I like those songs a lot.
What inspires you when you write?
It's usually the music that inspires me. I'll get a piece of music and it'll take me to a place emotionally and then I'll write from my personal experiences. I'm always reading and sometimes I'll incorporate something I'm involved in at the time into it. I went through a big war phase at one time last year. That's how "Flowers And Cages" came about. I was reading a book called The Lovely Bones and that's how "Lovely Bones" came about. Then "The Walls" are more of my personal life. I just take from everything. I take from the lives around me as well and I try to make it so that if you're the listener, you can relate to it in a lot of different ways so that it becomes fun for everybody.
You've always been the youngest guy in your previous bands and now you're the oldest guy. How does that make you feel?
I love it. It's different and I'm always up for a challenge. I always want to remain teachable so these guys teach me a lot and I teach them a lot. It's a good harmony.
You've been in a few movies like The Salton Sea, XXX, The Banger Sisters, and The New Guy. What attracted you to acting?
It just fell into my lap. The Salton Sea is my first movie and it was just different from what I was doing and I've done music for so long. I really enjoyed it. It was challenging and I seem to have a little bit of a knack for it. I would just pursue it when I had time at home to do some fun stuff. And to get out there.
Are there any upcoming movie roles or are you primarily focusing on the new band?
I did a real small film called Lightning Bug last year which will be screening at a Philadelphia film festival and hopefully they're working on distribution for that film. It's a really small independent film but the movie turned out to be really great. I'm glad I was part of that but that was the last thing I could be involved in because I had to come out and do this.
You also did a Vanity Fair breast cancer benefit.
Yeah, I just played with an all-star band called Camp Freddy for Vanity Fair and breast cancer was the cause.
You also appeared in New York at a Rock The Vote event. Are you politically active?
No, Public Enemy was playing and that's why I showed up. I really don't get into politics. Very boring to me. It's all fixed. It's all nonsense. It's all bullshit. It's all smoke and mirrors. I can't get into it.
Too much lying. You guys have a video out called "Shine".
Yeah, we did it last year in December at The Whisky A-Go-Go on Sunset Strip. The guy who directed the Lightning Bug movie I was in directed that video.
Is it being shown on MTV?
They won't take it until we get large amounts of radio play. It's number two on all the regional cable channels right now. Hoping eventually they're going to have to play it. We're gaining on the radio. MTV doesn't play that many videos anyway.
I stopped watching that channel when they stopped airing Headbangers Ball and I haven't had a chance to watch the new version yet.
Yeah, it's super, super heavy stuff.
Are you touring and how is that going?
We were in Atlanta last night and we're in Fort Walton tonight. We've been all over the Florida region. We're going to be out touring until the end of March. You can check out all the new dates on the web site. The tour's been great. We're going to try to cover every area but the States are a big place. A lot of ground to cover. We're focusing on the East Coast right now because we get to a lot more places in a short amount of time.
Any other thoughts or comments?
I think we covered it all. Thanks.