A night in the life Todd Terry

music August 24, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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The American DJ who turned Europe's music on its head is in town this week


Newly hot spot Levels is reaching higher on Wednesday with the help of DJ Todd Terry, one of the acknowledged gods of house music.Terry has been a dominant figure in dance music for almost two decades. From his most famous 2007 mix compilation “Strictly Todd Terry” on the Strictly Rhythm label and going way 
 back, his discography documents his “crossover” approach that bridges the gap between house and commercial sound.
Terry broke new ground producing and remixing Snap, Annie Lennox, George Michael and Bjork, and his 1995 remix of “Missing” for Everything But the Girl became a global hit, a breakthrough for the British duo. 
Terry then rode the charts with mixes for 
 Garbage (“Stupid Girl”), the Cardigans (“Love Fool” and “Been It”), another one for Everything But the Girl (“Wrong”), 10,000 Maniacs (“More Than This”), Jamiroquai (“Alright”) and the Lightning Seeds (“You Showed Me”), among many others. He also produced a Robin S track, “Givin’ You All That I’ve Got”, for the multi-platinum “Space Jam” soundtrack. 
The Grammy-nominated DJ has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European tracks while growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Already devoted to turntables, he heard something different there and “went for the difference. 
“I never got a break in New York, but England happened right away, so I catered to them,” Terry says. And by 1988 he was famous there and elsewhere in Europe, word of his notoriety seeping back to the U.S. 
In addition to DJ appearances he was cutting his classic underground tracks “A Day in the Life”, “Weekend” and “Can You Party”, released under monikers such as the Todd Terry Project, House Of Gypsies and Royal House, all considered ground-breaking.
In the mid-’90s the Ministry of Sound’s eponymous UK label released “A Day in the Life”, a collection of Terry’s tracks that had been causing dance-floor panic. That led to a deal with Mercury Records, where he could work with his favourite performers. 
The first release, “Keep On Jumpin’”, featured a vocal workout from Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown, singing together for the first time. The song became a top-10 UK crossover-pop hit and international smash. Terry’s follow-up, the anthem “Somethin’ Going On” made it to the top five among British crossover-pop hits.
Catch Todd Terry at Levels on Sukhumvit Soi 11 on Wednesday. 
Admission with a drink is Bt500 and that includes the open Heineken bar from 9 to 10pm.
Find out more at Call (086) 860 0808 and www.LevelsClub.com.