Mia Doi Todd

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Mia Doi Todd
Mia Doi Todd at the Echoplex, August 2008.jpg
Mia Doi Todd performing live at the Echoplex on August 22, 2008
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Indie folk[1]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1997–present
Labels Xmas Records, Communion, Columbia/SME Records, Plug Research, City Zen Records
Associated acts Dntel, José González, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Beachwood Sparks, Nobody, Folk Implosion, Saul Williams, Flying Lotus, Carlos Niño
Website miadoitodd.com

Mia Doi Todd (born June 30, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter.[2] She was described by Dusted Magazine as "one of those artists that seem to function not just as creators in their own right, but as connecting links between other musicians."[3]

Early life[edit]

Mia Doi Todd was born June 30, 1975 in Los Angeles, California.[2] Her father is sculptor Michael Todd and her mother is California Second District Court of Appeal Associate Justice Kathryn Doi Todd, who holds the distinction of being the first female Asian American judge in the United States.[4][5]


Todd started City Zen Records and released Zeroone, the follow-up album to Come Out of Your Mine, on the label in 2001.[6]

She signed a contract with Columbia/SME Records and recorded The Golden State, culling songs from her previous albums. Mitchell Froom helped her produce it, and the album came out in 2002.[7]

She released the fifth album, Manzanita, on Plug Research in 2005.[8][9] Her debut album, The Ewe and the Eye, originally released in 1997, was reissued later that year.[10]

Her 2006 compilation album, La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita, included remixes from Dntel and Flying Lotus.[11] It was followed by her studio album, Gea, in 2008.[12]

In 2009, she released her first instrumental album, Morning Music, in collaboration with Andres Renteria.[13]

She returned with the solo album, Cosmic Ocean Ship, in 2011.[14]


Studio albums[edit]


  • "Digging & Planting", Xmas Records (1996)
  • "Dublab Presents: Freeways", Emperor Norton (2001)
  • "Dublab Remixes", Plug Research (2003)
  • "Sleepless Nights", Kindred Spirits (2008)

Remix collections[edit]

  • Pink Sun EP, Plug Research (2006)
  • La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita, Plug Research (2006)

Compilations and soundtracks[edit]

  • The Unaccompanied Voice: An A Capella Compilation, Secretly Canadian (2000)
  • Dublab Presents: Freeways, Emperor Norton (2001)
  • From The Heart - A Collection of Songs About Love, SYN Songs (2002)
  • Loving Takes This Course - A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom, Chapter Music (2009)
  • Transmissions from Sinai, Arthur (2009)
  • Red Hot + Rio 2 (2011)
  • Red Hot + Bach (2014)[15]
  • Mood Indigo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Milan Records (2014)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • The Folk Implosion - "Chained to the Moon" from One Part Lullaby, Interscope (1999)
  • Mission - "Home" (2001)
  • Dntel - "Anywhere Anyone" from Life Is Full of Possibilities, Plug Research (2001)
  • Beachwood Sparks - "Ponce de Leon Blues" from Make the Cowboy Robots Cry, Sub Pop (2002)
  • David J - "Good to Be Loved" from Mess Up, Heyday (2002)
  • Adventure Time - "Sent from Sandy Shores" from Dreams of Water Themes, Plug Research (2003)
  • Saul Williams - "Seaweed" from Saul Williams, Fader (2004)
  • Nobody - "You Can Know Her" from And Everything Else..., Plug Research (2005)
  • Thavius Beck - "Down" from Thru, Mush Records (2006)
  • Ammoncontact - "Earth's Children" from With Voices, Ninja Tune (2006)
  • Savath & Savalas - "Intro" from Golden Pollen, Anti- (2007)
  • Life on Earth - Look!! There Is Life on Earth!, Subliminal Sounds (2007)
  • Dntel - "Rock My Boat" from Dumb Luck, Sub Pop (2007)
  • Kraig Grady - Beyond the Windows Perhaps Among the Podcorn, Transparency (2007)
  • Build an Ark - Love, Pt. 1, Kindred Spirits (2009)
  • Build an Ark - "Say Yes!" from Love, Pt. 2, Kindred Spirits (2010)
  • Build an Ark - "The Yes Song" from The Stars Are Singing Too, Disques Corde (2011)
  • Turn on the Sunlight - New Day, Disques Corde (2013)[16]


  1. ^ Zeiss, John (March 4, 2008). "Mia Doi Todd - GEA". Prefix. 
  2. ^ a b Zeiss, John (February 26, 2008). "Mia Doi Todd: Interview". Prefix. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Jennifer (April 30, 2006). "Mia Doi Todd - La Ninja". Dusted Magazine. 
  4. ^ Steve Hochman (September 1, 2002). "In a Foreign Land". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ "Division Two: Justice Kathryn Doi Todd". Judicial Council of California. 
  6. ^ Nickey, Jason (November 11, 2001). "Mia Doi Todd: Zeroone". Pitchfork Media. 
  7. ^ Nickey, Jason (September 24, 2002). "Mia Doi Todd: The Golden State". Pitchfork Media. 
  8. ^ Raposa, David (March 8, 2005). "Mia Doi Todd: Manzanita". Pitchfork Media. 
  9. ^ Whibbs, Chris (March 2005). "Mia Doi Todd - Manzanita". Exclaim!. 
  10. ^ Nishimoto, Dan (February 24, 2006). "Mia Doi Todd - The Ewe and the Eye". Prefix. 
  11. ^ Whibbs, Chris (May 2006). "Mia Doi Todd - La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita". Exclaim!. 
  12. ^ Whibbs, Chris (April 2008). "Mia Doi Todd - Gea". Exclaim!. 
  13. ^ Ranta, Alan (May 26, 2009). "Mia Doi Todd - Morning Music (with Andres Renteria)". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  14. ^ Murray, Noel (May 17, 2011). "Mia Doi Todd: Cosmic Ocean Ship". The A.V. Club. 
  15. ^ "Red Hot + Bach Releases June 17th". Red Hot. 
  16. ^ "Turn on the Sunlight featuring Mia Doi Todd". dublab. 

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