Todd Edwards

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This article is about Todd Edwards the musician. For the film writer, see Todd Edwards (film writer).
Todd Edwards
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Todd Edwards in Los Angeles, 2012
Background information
Birth name Todd Edwards
Also known as The Messenger, Todd Imperatrice, Todd the God
Born (1972-12-09) December 9, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Bloomfield, New Jersey
Genres House, garage house, UK garage
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ, singer
Instruments Digital Audio Workstation, Turntable, Midi Keyboard
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Daft Punk, Sunshine Brothers, Marc Kinchen, Masters at Work,
Website twitter.com/toddedwards3000

Todd Edwards (born December 9, 1972) is an American house and garage producer and Grammy winner. He currently resides in Los Angeles.[1] With remixes numbering in the hundreds, some of the artists Edwards has remixed include Wildchild, St. Germain, Benjamin Diamond, Justice, Klaxons and Dimitri From Paris. Edwards co-produced and performed vocals on the Daft Punk song "Face to Face" from the album Discovery. Edwards worked again with Daft Punk, co-writing, co-producing and contributing vocals to the song, "Fragments of Time" off of their 2013 album, Random Access Memories, for which he won a Grammy. Much like his solo albums, his remixes make use of a complex vocal sampling technique, which in some cases renders the original track almost unrecognizable.

History[edit]

Todd Edwards began his musical career around 1992. He employs vocal reconstruction techniques to his songs, creating a unique vocal collage set to a four-on-the-floor beat. Marc "MK" Kinchen, who is primarily responsible for pioneering this technique, is one of Edwards's influences.[2]

Edwards is a committed Christian. This is evident by recurring hidden messages found in his compositions, which often contain religious phrases.[3]

Beginnings[edit]

In his early records, Todd Edwards was influenced by house music and grew into the UK garage and 2-step garage scene. Inspired by Todd Terry, MK, and experiences from his own trials and errors, Todd Edwards developed a unique sound of vocal sampling in place of musical instrument sampling on his tracks.[4] In 1995, there was some talk developing about Edwards. His manager was approached by St. Germain, who asked Edwards to do a remix of his song, "Alabama Blues". Although Edwards has produced and remixed some great remixes in this time, he didn't begin to DJ until the early 2000s.[5] He went out gradually landing more gigs in the UK, hoping to land a bigger one than the next.[4] For an American native, Edwards quickly gained underground popularity in Europe.[6]

2001-present[edit]

Edwards co-produced and performed vocals on the Daft Punk song "Face to Face" from the album Discovery. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Club chart in 2004. In 2006, Edwards sang on each track of the LP Odyssey, but on the album he used multiple alias names.[7] In 2012, Edwards released the EP I Want You Back made in collaboration with French producer Surkin.[8] In April 2013, Edwards revealed that he had contributed to Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories; he expressed that it was difficult keeping his involvement a secret.[9] He provided vocals for "Fragments of Time", co-wrote the song and provided additional production.[1] At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Random Access Memories won awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album as well as Album of the Year; Edward's contributions to "Fragments of Time" thus earned him his first Grammy.[10][11]

Red Bull Music Academy teamed up with director Ralf Schmerberg to produce What Difference Does It Make: A Film About Making Music for its fifteenth anniversary. The film features Edwards sharing his thoughts and beliefs on the music industry.[12] Edwards continues to produce and remix tracks today, and has many tours planned for the future. His upcoming project is a vocal album featuring his own singing and co-produced by engineer Peter Franco. Edwards noted that Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk convinced him to pursue such a project, and may oversee it.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Prima Edizione (1999)
  • Nervous Innovator Series Vol 4/5 (2000)
  • Full On (Volume 1) (2001)
  • Full On (Volume 2) (2003)
  • New Trend Sounds (2004)
  • New Trend Sounds (Classics, Remixes & Beyond) (2004)
  • Odyssey (2006)
  • Full On (Volume 3) (2007)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "F.O.T." (1994)
  • "Underground People" (collab. DJ Shorty) (1995)
  • "Dancing for Heaven" (1995)
  • "Stronger" (1995)
  • "New Trends Sound" (1995)
  • "Saved My Life" (1995)
  • "Saved My Life" (Remixes) (1995)
  • "Fly Away (One)" (1996)
  • "Push the Love" (1997)
  • "Never Far From You" (1998)
  • "41:13" (1998)
  • The Prima EP (1998)
  • "One Day" (collab. Tuff Jam) (1999)
  • "Look Out" (1999)
  • Incidental EP (2000)
  • "Shut the Door" (2000)
  • "Show Me a Sign" (2000)
  • "Saved My Life" (2000)
  • 2 EP (2001)
  • "Restless Soul" (2001)
  • "Full On (Volume 1)" (Unmixed) (2001)
  • "Shut The Door" (Remixes) (2002)
  • "New Trends 2002" (2002)
  • "New Trends 1995" (2002)
  • "You Came To Me" (2002)
  • "You're the One" (2003)
  • "Beckon Call" (2003)
  • "Face to Face" (collab. Daft Punk) (2003)
  • "Full On (Volume 2)" (Unmixed) (2003)
  • "Full On (Volume 2)" (Remixes) (2003)
  • "Stop the Fighting" (2003)
  • "Can't Live Without You" (Reissue) (2003)
  • "Are You There" (2003)
  • "Stormy Day" (collab. Filthy Rich) (2004)
  • "Stormy Day" (collab. Filthy Rich) (Remixes) (2004)
  • "Hold On To Me" (2004)
  • "Winter Behaviour" (2004)
  • "Who You Are" (2004)
  • "When Your Alone" (2004)
  • "New Trends Sounds 2004 (Part 1)" (2004)
  • "New Trends Sounds 2004 (Part 2)" (2004)
  • "New Trends Sounds 2004 (Part 3)" (2004)
  • "Mystery" (2005)
  • "Like a Fire" (2005)
  • "Heaven" (2005)
  • "No Scrubs" (2005)
  • "The Journey" (2006)
  • "Far Away" (2006)
  • "Next to You" (2007)
  • "I Might Be" (2010)
  • "I Doubted You" (2010)
  • "Stand Right Now" (2010)
  • "Head Held High" (2011)
  • Shall Go EP (2012)
  • "Love Inside" (2012)
  • Searching EP (2012)
  • No Place Like London EP (2012)

Remixes[edit]

  • LION BABE featuring Childish Gambino - "Jump Hi (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2014)
  • Netsky featuring Beth Ditto - "Running Low (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2014)
  • Sam Smith - "Lay Me Down (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2014)
  • Chase & Status featuring Jacob Banks - "Alive (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2014)
  • Rudimental - "Waiting All Night (Todd Edwards Vocal Mix)" (2013)
  • Phoenix - "Entertainment (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2013)
  • Bo Saris - "The Addict (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2013)
  • Jessie Ware - "No To Love (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2012)
  • Toxic Avenger - "Toxic Is Dead (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2012)
  • One Dark Martian - "Falling (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2012)
  • Infinity Ink - "Infinity (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2012)
  • LOL Boys - "Changes (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2012)
  • Modestep - "Show Me A Sign (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2012)
  • Kastle - "Time Traveler (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2011)
  • Matthew Dear - "Slowdance (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2011)
  • Wretch 32 - "Forgiveness (Todd Edwards Take Me To Church Dub)" (2011)
  • Hot Chip - "Hand Me Down Your Love (Todd Edward Micro Chip Remix)" (2010)
  • Kingdom featuring Shyvonne - "Mind Reader (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2010)
  • Spank Rock - "What It Look Like (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2010)
  • Appaloosa - "The Day (We Feel In Love) [Todd Edwards Liturgical Mix]" (2009)
  • Surkin - "Next Of Kin (Todd Edwards Re-Kindled Mix)" (2008)
  • Justice - "DVNO (Todd Edwards' Sunshine Brothers Remix)" (2008)
  • Klaxons - "Gravity's Rainbow (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2007)
  • TLC - "No Scrubs (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2006)
  • Beyoncé – "Crazy In Love (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2005)
  • Paul Johnson – "She Got Me On (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2005)
  • Zoot Woman – "Taken It All (Todd Edwards 'Soul Line' Remix)" (2004)
  • Space Cowboy – "Crazy Talk (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2003)
  • Nio – "Do You Think You're Special? (Todd Edwards So Special UK Remix)" (2003)
  • Boniface - "Cheeky (Todd Edwards 'Time Like No Other' Remix)" (2002)
  • Craig David – "What's Your Flava? (Todd Edwards Underground Flava Mix)" (2002)
  • Daniel Bedingfield – "James Dean (I Wanna Know) [Todd Edwards Life Line Vocal Remix)" (2002)
  • St. Germain – "Sure Thing (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2001)
  • Phoenix – "If I Ever Feel Better (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2000)
  • Moloko – "Pure Pleasure Seeker (Todd Edwards Mix)" (2000)
  • MJ Cole - "Crazy Love (Todd Edwards Save Your Crys Dub)" (2000)
  • Benjamin Diamond – "Little Scare (Todd Edwards Remix)" (2000)
  • Kevin Yost - "If She Only Knew (Todd Edward's She Only Knew Disco Remix)" (1999)
  • Ultymate featuring Jacquee Bennett – Vybe (Todd Edwards Remix)" (1998)
  • Kristine Blond – "Love Shy (Todd Edwards Remix)" (1997)
  • Robin S. - "Show Me Love (Todd Edwards Remix)" (1997)
  • Da Mob featuring Jocelyn Brown – "Fun (Todd Edwards Remix)" (1997)
  • Indo – "R U Sleeping (Todd Edwards Remix)" (1996)
  • Veda Simpson - "Oohhh Baby (Todd Edwards Remix)" (1994)

Collaborations[edit]

  • "I Want You Back" (with Surkin) (2012)
  • "I've Still Got Sunshine" (with Robert Lux) (2014)
  • "Jaco" (with Nick Hook & Kilo Kish) (2014)

Production credits[edit]

References[edit]

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