Instruments: Guitar & Fractal Audio Axe-Fx
Raised in a musical household where guitars were not only played but built, a career as a musician seemed inevitable for Perth’s Leon Todd. However it took a childhood of shifting passions (AFL, cricket and skateboarding to name but a few) before Leon finally found his calling in the familiar embrace of the guitar and the classic rock music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush and Thin Lizzy. Within 18 months Leon was not only performing on occasion but also had a steady roster of guitar students, some nearly three times his age.
As a founding member and principal songwriter for hard rock trio Ragdoll, Leon has toured extensively at home and abroad, including over 80 shows in the USA and Europe over a 5 year stretch, and shared the stage with rock heavyweights such as Guns’n’Roses, KORN, Seether and many, many more. Leon has also does double duty as the band’s primary booking agent.
Ragdoll have released three EP’s and two full length albums, yielding two nominations in the prestigious WAM song of the year awards. Ragdoll have been featured in international publications such as Rock Hard (France) and Classic Rock (UK), while Leon’s tutorial material was featured in the online edition of Guitar World Magazine (USA).
Leon runs a Youtube channel focusing on guitar gear and tutorials, and has produced demo content for companies such as Anarchy Audio (Australia), Mercuriall (EU ) and Headway (Japan).
Leon currently splits his time between writing and performing with Ragdoll, teaching and spending time with his wife and their very fat and furry cat.
Fractal Audio's Axe-Fx
Fractal Audio's Axe-Fx is the industry leader in amp modelling and effects processing, as favoured by artists such as Metallica, Steve Vai and U2. The Axe-Fx replaces entire racks of high end equipment as well as being an inspirational creative tool for guitarists, bassists and other instruments.
In addition to forming the core of Leon's live performance and recording setup, Leon has produced a wealth of tutorial content covering all the applications of the Axe-Fx in a variety of musical styles. Leon recently travelled to the USA to perform and present a clinic detailing his knowledge of the Axe-Fx, and has acted as a "tone consultant" for several touring and recording artists.
Leon's Musiconn library dedicated to the Axe-Fx details everything a working guitarist needs in order to get the most out of the unit, from the basic setup and rig creation to advanced tweaking and performance techniques.