Todd Terry

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Todd Terry
Birth nameTodd N. Terry
Also known as
  • T.N.T.
  • Black Riot
  • House of Gypsies
  • Royal House
  • Gypsymen
  • Sound Design
  • Tee
  • C.L.S.
Born (1967-04-18) April 18, 1967 (age 54)[1]
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • remixer
  • Drum machine
  • synthesizer
  • electronic keyboard
  • sequencer
Years active1987–present
Associated acts

Todd N. Terry (born April 18, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American DJ, record producer and remixer in the genre of house music.

Musical career[edit]

Todd Terry was influential in moving house music beyond the early Chicago house sound of 1984–86. He crossed the sounds of house with hip hop breaks to create a more energized and popular sound that was able to reach commercial success outside the underground house scene. His productions extensively used samples blending the sounds of classic disco, the Chicago house sound, and elements of hip-hop.[1]

Terry began in the 1980s by DJing at parties in New York, playing Italo disco and hip-hop - then later, house music, upon its mid-'80s emergence.[1][2] He debuted as Masters at Work with the 12-inch "Alright Alright" (1987, Fourth Floor)[3] and an edit from this was then included on the Chicago house vanguard compilation Jackmaster 1 (1987, D.J. International/Westside UK).[4]

Much of Terry's early work in the late 1980s is considered a milestone in the development of house and rave music. He was responsible for releasing two of the house era's most respected crossover remixes:[1] "I'll House You" by the Jungle Brothers (late 1988) and "Missing" by Everything but the Girl as a re-release in October 1995. His music was a driving force within the "acid house" scene in the UK with many tracks such as "Back to the Beat", "Can You Party", "A Day in the Life", "Weekend", "Party People", "Yeah, Buddy" and "Dreams of Santa-Anna", released under multiple aliases including The Todd Terry Project, Royal House, Black Riot, Swan Lake and Orange Lemon. In the summer of 1988 at the peak of the UK acid house movement, "Can You Party" under his Royal House moniker reached No. 14 in the UK.[5]

Terry's tracks in the mid-1990s include "Something Goin' On" and "Keep on Jumpin'", which were UK top-ten hits,[6][7] with the vocals on both 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 topped the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart in the US, as did "Just Wanna Dance / Weekend".[8][9] An album, Ready for a New Day, was also released in 1997, featuring "Something Goin' On", "Keep on Jumpin'" and "It's Over Love". It reached No. 84 on the UK Albums Chart.[10]

He remixed "Stranger in Moscow" for Michael Jackson in 1996.

In 1999, Terry released Resolutions on Astralwerks Records, which successfully embraced the then still-avant-garde drum 'n' bass aesthetic.[1] He mixed on the albums One Half of a Whole Decade and Live & Remastered.[citation needed]

Throughout his career, Terry has used several aliases such as Hardhouse, Swan Lake, Orange Lemon, Royal House, and Black Riot.[11] As Black Riot, "Warlock/A Day in the Life" was released as a single on the Champion label and entered the UK Singles Chart on 3 December 1988, reaching a high of number 68.[12]

He recorded as CLS, Masters at Work (with Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and "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").[citation needed]

Terry co-produced the song "Shake" on P.M. Dawn's debut album, Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. The song ended with the repeated lyric "Everyone thank Todd Terry". He also produced "The House of Isis" from Isis' 1990 album Rebel Soul.[citation needed]

In October 2004, "Weekend" by the Todd Terry Project appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on house music radio station SF-UR.[citation needed]

In 2007, Terry formed the Todd Terry All Stars bringing together Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak and Terry Hunter releasing the first single "Get Down" featuring and co-written by Tara McDonald. The follow up, "Play On" also featured McDonald and was released in 2007 on Strictly Rhythm/Defected Records and then re-released in 2009 with a remix by Eddie Thoneick.[citation needed]

Record labels[edit]

InHouse Records was launched by Terry in 1999. It has been the vehicle through which Todd is able to release tracks to his fans without a filter.

Currently, Inhouse has over 500 commercially available tracks in the catalog including releases by House of Gypsies, Roland Clark, Shawnee Taylor, Kelly Sajda, Gypsymen, Black Riot, Leon Cormack, Lewis Beck, DJ E-Clyps and Todd Terry All Stars.

In 2000, Terry launched SoundDesign Records, the home to some of the harder tracks and artists he is working with, including releases from Danny Genius, Space Kadets, and Friscia and Lamboy.

In 2013, Terry released the album Todd Terry vs. That Trap Shitt on Tommy Boy Entertainment.


DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs[edit]

Year Position Notes Ref.
1997 11 New Entry [13]
1999 65 Re Entry

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bush, John Todd Terry Biography, AllMusic, retrieved 2011-07-02
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (1999) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music, Virgin Books; ISBN 0-7535-0252-6, p. 337
  3. ^ "Discogs:Masters at Work (Todd Terry):Alright Alright", Discogs; retrieved 2013-07-30
  4. ^ "Discogs:V/A:Jackmaster", Discogs; retrieved 2013-07-30.
  5. ^ "ROYAL HOUSE - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Tod Terry", Chart Stats; retrieved 2011-0702
  7. ^ "Todd Terry Featuring Martha Wash And Jocelyn Brown", Chart Stats; retrieved 2011-07-02.
  8. ^ "Todd Terry Chart History: Singles",; retrieved 2011-07-02.
  9. ^ "Todd Terry Presents Shannon", Chart Stats; retrieved 2011-07-02.
  10. ^ "TODD TERRY - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  11. ^ Kogan, Frank (1989) "The Todd Terry Project To The Batmobile Let's Go", SPIN, April 1989, p. 110; retrieved 2011-07-02
  12. ^ Rice, Tim; Rice, Jonathan; Gambaccini, Paul (1990), Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness World Records and Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-398-8
  13. ^ "Top 100 (250) DJ MAG 1997 - 2018 | Top 100 DJ MAG DJS VK Music Музыка 2019 2020". Retrieved December 21, 2019.

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