Grammy Award winning artist, prolific remixer and often credited as the godfather of UK Garage, Todd Edwards is a true pioneer of dance music. New Jersey raised and now residing in Los Angeles, Todd has had huge musical influence over the UK scene, and the American native quickly found success in the UK and European underground in his early career.
With his early music influenced by house heavy-weights like Todd Terry and MK, throughout the mid 90’s Todd began turning heads as he started to curate his own unique sound. With his intensive remixes and agile, complex sampling techniques that render the chopped-up effect associated with the garage sound, Todd can be credited as one of the founders of the genre. His influence on the scene is from its grassroots, with garage royalty DJ EZ naming him as a hero and inspiration.
Aside from his achievements in the UKG scene, he has also collaborated with Daft Punk on a number of projects. From providing the vocals to Billboard Club #1 ‘Face to Face’, to acting as a contributor on their ‘Random Access Memories’ album. One of the most prolific remixers in the game, he has taken on re-working everything from TLC and Craig David, from Disclosure and Infinity Ink. Each remix carefully handled to bring Todd's signature flare to the record.
His Defected debut 'You're Sorry' was released in early 2019, and soared to the #1 spot on the Billboard Dance Chart. The record was a real celebration of his trademark sound, "I had the chorus to this song in my head for over a decade. I would kinda randomly sing it to myself in the studio," Todd told us. "Everyone knows Defected. Defected is synonymous with great dance music, from the newest artists to the Legends. I'm thankful to be on that spectrum," he says, "I'm very happy to be part of the Defected family."
Now Todd returns to Defected with his next release 'Deeper', which sees him collaborate with LA based crate digger Sinden, 'Deeper' captures the spirit of the 90’s garage that has hugely influenced both producers’ careers, and illustrates the timeless quality of the duo’s styles. Deeper is out on 31st May, stream and pre-order here.
We're as happy as Todd to have him on board, so if you don't already know, here are 19 tracks so familiarise yourself with his work...
2019 will see more exciting projects with Todd on Defected, "It's going to be an inspired year," he says.