Todd is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music and with almost two decades of dance floor domination under his belt the quality of his productions goes from strength to strength.
The American DJ has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European dance music records while growing up in Brooklyn.
Already devoted to turntables, he heard something different in those tracks and later said: “I never got a break in New York but England happened right away so I catered to them.”
By 1988, Todd hit big in England and Europe and his notoriety was making its way back to the US.
In addition to DJ appearances, Todd was cutting his classic underground tracks A Day in the Life, Weekend and Can You Party, released under monikers such as The Todd Terry Project, House of Gypsies and Royal House, all considered essential and ground-breaking.
In the mid-90s, the Ministry of Sound’s eponymous UK label released A Day in the Life, a collection of Todd Terry tracks that had been causing dance floor panic; this led to a deal with Mercury Records and the first release, Keep On Jumpin’, featured a vocal workout from super-divas Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown, together for the first time ever.
The song became a top 10 UK crossover pop hit and worldwide smash which Todd followed with the anthem Somethin’ Going On, a top 5 UK crossover pop hit.
Meanwhile, Todd continued to break new ground as a producer and remixer; from SNAP to Annie Lennox, George Michael to Bjork, Todd’s mixes bridge the ground between club cool and commercial accessibility.
In 1995, his remix for Everything but the Girl’s Missing became a worldwide smash, giving the British duo their first ever hit.
He then rode the charts with mixes for Garbage (Stupid Girl), The Cardigans (Lovefool and Been It), 10,000 Maniacs (More Than This), Jamiroquai (Alright) and The Lightning Seeds (You Showed Me), among others.
He also produced a Robin S track (Givin’ U All That I’ve Got) for the multi-platinum Space Jam soundtrack.
Saturday 15 April 2017, 4pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £15
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