Beats4Life caught up with Legendary, Grammy Nominated DJ/Producer Todd Terry (“Todd The God”) one of the most influential artists in the last 25years.
You will know him from releases such as: Keep On Jumpin, Something Going On, Can You Feel It (Can You Party), Get Down (Todd Terry All Stars feat.Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak, Terry Hunter & Tara McDonald)
Having Remixed for Annie Lennox, Björk, Kylie Minogue, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Everything But The Girl, 10.000 Maniacs & many more.
His Releases have appeared on labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Strictly Rhythm, Toolrooms Records, Spinnin’ Records, Nervous Tracks, EMI, InHouse records & many more.Todd Terry launched InHouse Records in back 1999. Which has been the medium through which Todd is able to release tracks to his fans without a filter. InHouse has over 500 commercially available tracks in the catalog including release by House of Gypsies, Roland Clark, Shawnee Taylor, Kelly Sajda, Gypsymen, Black Riot, Leon Cormack, and Todd Terry All Stars.
In 2000 Todd Terry launched SoundDesign Records, the home to some of the harder tracks and artists he is working with and on, including releases from Danny Genius, Space Kadets, and Friscia & Lamboy
In the recent year Todd Terry has been focusing more on his DJ gigs, touring around the world: USA, South America, Asia, South Africa & Europe.
Q1. Let me start of by, thanking you for taking the time out for doing this interview with Beats4lLife
Q2. Tell us a bit about you’re background where did you first come across House Music?
>> At Street parties in Brooklyn growing up, but I actually listened to mostly Hip Hop back then
Q3. What makes Todd Terry stand out from other artists in the scene?
>> Longevity and Versatility
Q4. What was you’re inspiration behind you’re incredible release “Can You Party”
>> Paying my rent
Q5. When working in the studio, do you have a preferred piece of equipment to work with, to get the unique sound of Todd Terry?
>> The dirt of the SP1200 is my sound, but I work in Logic Audio these days
Q6. With an impressive collection of productions under you’re belt, what would be one of you’re favourite records, that you have worked on?
>> #1 is Black Riot "A Day In The Life"
Q7. When producing a record, or adding a track to you’re DJ sets, what are you’re thoughts concerning the longevity of the track ?
>> Don't think just feel it!
Q8. Tell us a bit about “Todd Terry 100” on InHouse Records
>> It was my initial digital release, all my biggest tracks A-Z, that took off and then everything in my vault has been coming out ever since. The DUBS 1-5, Rare Grooves Vol 1-10, Vocal Sessions 1 & 2, all my Unreleased stuff, my custom edits and mixes from my DJ sets.
Q9. Back in 2010 you where looking to collaborate with Roger Sanchez & Armand Van Helden, on InHouse Records, are you looking to collaborate with any other artists for 2012?
>> The Todd Terry Allstars is a constant thing, I'm always collaborating, I was with Armand this week, Louie Vega last week, going to Junior Sanchez studio tonight
Q10. When playing DJ sets out in events, what is it that you strive for most?
>> Work The Crowd, and getting a flow with the previous DJ
Q11. Is their any particular DJ/producer that you feel is rocking the House scene?
>> Prok&Fitch, DJ E-Clyps
Q12. What is you’re insight on the evolution of House music over the years, with all the sub-genre’s created?
>> Always evolving, changing for the better
Q13. Recently you had an event “Aquarius” in Le Poisson Rouge (New York), how are you finding the crowed now, in New York?
>> It was a great crowd, a mix of difference types people, you can only get that in NYC, models, suits, old, young, everything happens in NYC
Q14. When it comes to playing you DJ sets, do you have any tricks up your sleeve, setting the mark of Todd Terry?
>> Lot's of tracks with percussion
Q15. Any tips for aspiring DJ/Producer’s, approaching the scene?
>> Strike a balance between songs and tracks
Q16. What new projects do you have planed for 2012?
>> Todd Terry vs Hip Hop, House Of Gypsies "Samba" 20th Anniversary Remixes
Thank's Todd Terry all the best for the future