Todd Grubbs: KISS! I know this is a cliché, but it's the truth. First it was tennis rackets, then I moved on to guitar. After Ace Frehley some of my early guitar heroes were Uli Jon Roth, Jeff Beck, Steve Morse, and Michael Schenker.
Todd Grubbs: I use PRS Guitars mainly because they are well made, sound great, and feel very good. I also use Fenders; I have a Strat and a Tele -- you just can't get those sounds anywhere else. I've got a 30th anniversary Marshall 3-channel head. It's very flexible and has that Marshall sound.
Todd Grubbs: I'm trying to grow as a musician and create a body of work that I'm proud of. I always try to please myself first, and hopefully others will enjoy what I do. I will always write and record music whether I have ten or ten million fans because I love to play and create something from nothing.
Todd Grubbs: My most recent CD is "Combination" and I'm in the middle of an all new instrumental CD that will be out in early 1997. I plan to also record some kind of vocal project before long.
Todd Grubbs: At this point I write everything myself but I would like to collaborate with another writer. It would be nice to let someone else bring ideas to a project. I write music anywhere it hits me, even if I don't have a guitar. Mainly I write in my rehearsal space.
Todd Grubbs: Both. I always record drums and mix in a big studio, but I'm doing a lot of the tracking at home on my Alesis ADAT digital 8-track recorder.
Todd Grubbs: I was offered a couple of small record deals, but the contracts were ridiculous so I invested my own money, and it's starting to pay off. At least this way you own your product.
Todd Grubbs: Distribution is a big disadvantage, but you do have total creative freedom, and that, to me, is very important.
Todd Grubbs: Look into as many avenues for promoting yourself as possible, and don't be afraid to send a lot of promo CDs out. Look at it as a challenge; it truly is amazing what you can accomplish if you work hard!