Todd Terry

Todd Terry Bio

Grammy Award nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry.

Todd 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 he “went for the difference. I never got a break in New York, but England happened right away so I catered to them.” In any event, the Todd Terry sound was born.

By 1988, Todd Terry hit big in Europe and his notoriety was making its way back to 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. That then led the way to a deal with Mercury Records, allowing him to set up a context in which to work with his favourite singers and performers. 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 a worldwide smash. Todd followed with the anthem Somethin Going On, a top 5 UK crossover pop hit.

All the while, Todd continued to break new ground as a producer/remixer. From Snap to Annie Lennox to 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 (Love Fool), Everything But The Girl (Wrong), 10,000 Maniacs (More Than This), Jamiroquai (Alright), The Cardigans (Been It) and The Lightning Seeds (You Showed Me) among others. He also produced a Robin S track titled Givin’ You All That I’ve Got for the multi-platinum Space Jam soundtrack.

INK/Distinctive Records 2005 release of The Todd Terry Trilogy: Past, Present & Future on 3xCD & 10 x 12” vinyl has inspired Todd’s fans both old and new with over thirty Todd classics and ten new Todd songs. Todd is also releasing a barrage of new singles on Blanco y Negro, Elementary Group and Manifesto/Mercury (who also re-released the Keep On Jumpin and Somethin Going On in 2006). Ministry of Sound licensed Philippe B Vs Todd Terry’s Can You Feel It (Can You Party) in 2006.

Todd Terry & All Stars featuring Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak, Terry Hunter, & Tara McDonald’s Get Down was released in 2007 on Strictly Rhythm. This red hot single is the first proper original release on the re-launched legendary label.

Strictly Todd Terry compilation mixed by Todd Terry was released in 2007 on Strictly Rhythm. Todd’s mix follows instalments by Masters at Work and Tiefschwarz in this newly launched series.

Todd is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music. With almost two decades of dance floor domination under his belt, the quality of his productions goes from strength to strength. Welcome to the church of house music presided over by Todd the God. Are you a believer?

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