Todd Terry

 

Todd N. Terry (born April 18, 1967) is an American DJ, producer, and remixer. Terry's productions extensively used samples blending the sounds of classic disco, the Chicago sound, and elements of hip-hop.

Terry began in the 1980s by DJing at parties in New York, playing Italian disco and hip-hop - then later, house music, upon its mid-80s emergence. He débuted, as Masters at Work, with 12” “Alright Alright” (1987, Fourth Floor) and an edit from this was then included on 'Chicago house' vanguard compilation “Jackmaster 1” (1987, D.J. International). Much of Terry's early work, in the late 1980s, is considered a milestone in the development of both progressive and modern deep house. He was responsible for releasing two of the house era's most respected crossover remixes: "I'll House You" by the Jungle Brothers (late-1988) and "Missing" by Everything but the Girl (Aug 1994).

Todd's tracks "Something Goin' On" and "Keep on Jumpin'" were both UK Top 10 hits, with the vocals on the latter provided by Jocelyn Brown and Martha Wash. Freestyle diva Shannon was the featured vocalist on the UK top 20 hit "It's Over Love" in 1997, which also topped the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart in the US, as did "Just Wanna Dance"/"Weekend". In 1999, Todd Terry released Resolutions on Astralwerks Records, which successfully embraced the then still avant-garde drum 'n' bass aesthetic. He also mixes on the albums One Half of a Whole Decade and Live & Remastered.

Terry also used several aliases such as Hardhouse, Swan Lake, Orange Lemon, Royal House, and Black Riot. He has also recorded as CLS, Masters at Work (with Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez & "Little" Louie Vega), Dredd Stock, House of Gypsies, Limelife, Hard House, Tyme Forse, and the Gypsymen (where under that alias, scored a number-one Billboard Hot Dance/Club play hit in 1992 with "Hear the Music").