Growing up and going to festivals as a child and being named after a prog rock band, did he ever really stand a chance?
Stretching back much further than his first visit to a night club, Emerson Todd’s musical heritage comes from a very, very early age. With a family-owned record shop thrown into the mix, he was soon collecting music before he even knew about DJing.. He first learnt the art of music selection when the tapes or 12″s ran their course at family parties. It was a young Mr Todd that would change the music and with that came his first experience of learning how to keep a party going.
Since then his musical journey has followed a geographical one, while moving from New Zealand to Australia, London and now Berlin. Emerson has graced such labels as Saved Records, Upon You, One Records, Cocoon, Get Physical, Apparel Music, Souvenir Music and My Favourite Robot; a diverse selection of labels for an artists whose inspirations and sets come from an equally diverse background.
After several years of building his reputation as a professional DJ in New Zealand, it wasn’t long before he had established himself as one of the country’s top DJ’s, balancing national tours with monthly gigs in Australia. Then in 1998 he met Christiaan Ercolano and formed House of Downtown. This quickly gathered an impressive following with the success of their weekly radio show and their debut single ‘Up For the One’, which was supported by the likes of Derrick May.
The pair were soon snapped up by Universal Music, who offered them their own label to run and release on. Subsequently, they produced two full-length albums. During this time, they also produced the complete movie score for UK Company Film Four (of ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ fame) for the movie ‘Stickmen’.
Emerson moved from New Zealand to Sydney Australia where he began working fulltime as an audio engineer. His skills were duly sort after(what does duly mean??), and he went on to engineer some of the country’s most well-known acts including The Sleepy Jackson, Teenager, Pnau, and festival headliners, The Presets.
Not only were his talents behind the desk gaining recognition, but also behind the decks. Becoming a regular fixture at Sydney’s leading techno nights led to an increase of Emerson’s bookings around Australia. But it was with the release of the bass-heavy Rumplestiltskin that really put Emerson back in the spotlight. Big, tight and bouncy; it was instantly picked up by Claude VonStroke for Dirtybird.
As the gigs and productions followed, it was not long before it was time for Emerson to make the leave from the antipodes and throw himself into the thick of the action. 2009 saw him make the move to London. This almost instantly paid off, as just a couple of months after, his first EP for Get Physical was signed.
Now based in Berlin, Emerson has found his grounding and established himself as a forward thinking producer and DJ. EP’s and remixes are forthcoming on labels such as Apparel Music, This And That, Natural Rhythm, Freude am Tanzen, Fupa, Noice, and Noir. Emerson’s wide-ranging and innovative style, both in the studio and his DJ sets, see him continue to play at clubs and events all over the world.