Tim Sult and fellow Maryland rockers in Clutch have been writing and touring for over 25 years. With a slew of albums to their name, the band is known for their catchy, thunderous riffs and impressive live shows.
PRS: What inspired you to pick up the guitar, and at what age?
TS: I started playing guitar at age 14 when my family moved to Maryland from Minnesota. As far as inspiration goes, I was always into music, but once I heard hard rock and metal around the age of 12, I knew I wanted to play guitar.
PRS: Clutch formed in 1991 right here in Maryland, correct? How did you guys get started?
TS: Yes. We formed Clutch in Maryland in 1991. The rest of the guys were playing with another guitarist, Brian, and it was he who, in 1989, originally brought me over to play with them.
PRS: When did you realize that you could do this for a living? Was there ‘a big break’ for Clutch?
TS: I guess our "big break" came when Earache Records wanted to use 2 of our songs for a compilation album, which got our name out on an international level. Over the years, we have been on a few different major and independent labels but we've been doing it on our own label, Weathermaker Music, since 2008.
PRS: Who are your three biggest influences?
TS: Jimmy Page, Richie Blackmore, & Tony Iommi
PRS: If you had to name one song (or record) that changed your life, what would it be?
TS: “Out of Step” by Minor Threat
PRS: What advice would you give to all the young and emerging guitarists out there?
TS: Don't quit. Don't stop practicing.
PRS: When you aren’t writing music or touring, what do you like to do during your free time?
TS: In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and try out as many new guitars, amps, and pedals as possible.
PRS: What drew you to PRS, and do you have a favorite model?
TS: The durability, playability, and tone drew me to PRS. My current favorite model is the SC 245.
Clutch's latest album, Psychic Warfare is available here!
*photo courtesy of Misael Ruiz / Tarantulaman Photography