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Todd Watts

Vocals, Guitar, Lyrics

Todd Watts
  • Background
    Born 1967 in Middletown, KY
  • Hometown
    Paeonian Springs, VA
  • Gear List
    • Gibson, Norman and Guild guitars
    • Hughes & Kettner 20-Watt amp
    • Ibanez Tube Screamer
  • What are the last three songs you downloaded?

  • What was your weirdest fan encounter?

    A couple of years ago I was on a conference call with a new client.  I get introduced to the Chief Marketing Officer and he says "You aren’t Todd Watts from emmet swimming are you?"

  • What's the best live show you ever attended? Why?

    BoDeans circa 1986 at the Bayou in Georgetown.  Made me want to join a band and play the Bayou.

  • List the first ten songs that come up when you shuffle your iPod.

  • What was the worst job you ever had? Why?

    Worked for a company in DC that was run by a lunatic and had a 3.5 hour round trip daily commute.  If not for my office mate, I might have gone postal.

  • What's your take on where the music industry is headed?

    We sold over 150,000 albums.  Those records averaged 12 songs per album, or 1.8 million songs.  If we had made 80¢ per song, as artists do now, that would have been 1.4 million dollars to the band.  We never made money from our Epic albums.  If we had 1.4 million dollars to pay ourselves with, we might still be playing music full-time today.  The business has changed for the better.  You don’t need to go platinum anymore to be a successful band.  People ask me all of the time why we quit playing and traveling full time, and that is a rather complex question.  But at the heart of the answer is that we spent 7 or 8 years of our lives just flat broke.  People see you selling out shows and think that you must be doing well financially.  The reality of the situation is that for all of the hours that we put into it, we were paid well below what we could have made flipping burgers.  That wears on you after a while.  Until the advent of digital distribution, it was really hard to be a successful mid-level band.  Now you don’t have to be a household name to make a living.