Born Terrance Anthony Todd, better known as T-Todd from Neptune, this Jersey Shore artist/producer always had a keen interest in music. What validated the love was being forced to go to a show in Newark, NJ by his father to see The Dells, George Benson and The Manhattan’s at the age of 17. From that night, it got serious. Hooking up with local talent. Even with basketball allowing T-Todd to travel the world and play professionally in places like Sweden, Ireland and Italy, establishing himself in the music business has always been the goal. His biggest influences have been Kanye West and A Tribe Called Quest, who stay true to themselves and set trends, not follow them. Known for a jazz type of feel with his production, which stems from hearing his pops play the sax and harmonica through the nights as a kid growing up,T-Todd is focused on maintaining his style, and making some noise with it. On the other hand, versatility is key, and he demonstrates that with any beat brought to the table.
Terrance has recently performed motion capture for the NBA 2k video game series, performing various moves that are translated to player movements in the game itself. Prior to the video game success, Terrance has played in a number of pro and semi pro leagues that range from NC to Atlanta, all the way overseas to countries such as Italy, Sweden and Poland to name a few. Terrance is still currently active in the overseas market, previously playing in Ireland.
His strong delivery and raw talent places him in a class of his own. Armed with experimental wordplay, dope flow, and versatility T-Todd is next in line to wear hip-hop’s crown.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
T-TODD: I was born and raised on the Jersey Shore, in Neptune Township, about 15 minutes north of where the infamous show “Jersey Shore” was filmed.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
T-TODD: My musical background stems from me hearing my father play the harmonica, sax, and trumpet as a kid. I was very interested in the piano, as we had one, but could not afford lessons. It was more of trial and error, learning on the fly. My brother, as hip hop started to boom in the late 80s, really drew me in when I would see him every day, breakdancing to the likes of Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC. He also had a turn-table, and I would religiously shadow him, trying mix and scratch records. I can still remember Coltrane playing in the background, as my dad would play along. Jazz hit my ears at an early age in the most perfect way, instantly attracting me to the genre.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
T-TODD: Music is an expression of one’s beliefs. I strongly believe everyone should have a voice, through whatever vice that may be. Art, poetry, music, dance, and even yoga, can all be viewed as ways to express yourself. I chose lyrical expression. Obviously, we all would love to have the fame and fortune that comes with signing a major deal, but it’s so much more to it than that. I do it for the love. I speak and rap about things I have seen and directly been affected by as my life has progressed. Yes, entertainment comes with fabrication, but I try to stay away from that and express the truth. Speak on issues in society, my wrongs, and my rights. I record music to hopefully affect at least one kid out there with my message, so he/she can learn what to do, and what not to do.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
T-TODD: Piggybacking of the previous question, I focus on making songs that speak on my life experiences, good and back. To me, the best entertainment is truth entertainment. Take a movie for example. When you watch a movie, and at the beginning, it says “based on a true story”, there is just something about that which makes it more interesting and grabs your attention a bit more. I feel the same way about my music. I call it “that real”. I can give you a song to party and groove to, but my focus is and has always been to enlighten. I want to give you my perspective about things we are facing in today’s society, whether it’s positive or negative.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
T-TODD: I believe my fan base is open to anyone with an ear for good music. I am an old soul at heart, which directly relates to the sound I have, but I am very in tune with what today’s generation is listening too. I make music for all ages, each gender. The day you limit yourself to one thing, in this case, one fan base, I believe you are selling yourself short. Music is life, and life has a ton of different bases to reach out to.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
T-TODD: My musical influences have always been my dad and brother, as I stated in a previous answer. But as far as industry names, The Dells, George Benson and The Manhattans caught my ear at an early age. My dad wanted me to go to a concert with him when I was about 14 in Newark, NJ. I gave him a hard time because I wanted to go the roller rink on this Friday night but after it was all said and done, I was very happy about my decision. To see these groups perform live and to see the crowd’s reaction, had me in awe. I knew that was what I wanted to do. Hip hop wise, It has always been A Tribe Called Quest and Nas. It’s no wonder “One Love” by Nas is one of my favorite recordings ever. What Tribe did with the combination of jazz and hip-hop and the wordplay of Nas just blew me away at a young age. Nas spoke on things 15 years ago that he saw growing up in Queens, NY, that are now coming to light on a global stage in today’s urban environments.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
T-TODD: The one word I always use to describe my music to people is melodic. People who listen to my music always tell me they can “ride” to my music and that it gives them a certain type of “feel”. I love to make music for any situation. Whether you’re in the club, at a bar, or just doing homework, I make songs that you can listen to no matter what you are doing at the moment. But overall, I would describe my music as chill, with good vibes that give you that melodic feel.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
T-TODD: Fans always tell me the tone of my voice sets me apart from a lot of artist. I have a very distinct, deep voice that is easily recognized. But if you ask me, I strongly believe that my versatility is what sets me apart. Yes, I am from up north, but if you give me a trap beat, I will flow to it. Give me a West coast groove, I will flow to it. Give me that Midwest drill, I will flow to it. I don’t limit myself to one “type of beat” as you so often see on You Tube from producers. I can catch anything, and I think that sets me apart from other artist, along with substance on top of a hot beat. I am not a “filler” type of artist. Every line I speak needs to hit and mean something. I stay away from rambling, just to set you up with a punchline or metaphor. I take every bar serious.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
T-TODD: I just released my new tape called “Reel”, along with the first video to the single “The Norm”, produced by Moxicar. It’s a ten track tape, and I plan on releasing a video for each track. I also have a few features coming up from artist that heard my work on Datpiff and Soundcloud. “Reel” will be released on Livemixtapes this upcoming week as well.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
T-TODD: My career goal is me just wanting to be heard. I want my message to reach someone out there for the betterment. If I can change one life in a positive way, I feel like my goals are accomplished. In ten years, I want to be an icon in this industry. Not just hip-hop, but the entire industry. My own major studio is part of the plan as well. I produce now, but I want to learn more and perfect the craft. I am a big fan of the indie label Stones Throw. If I had to pick someone out there now to compare to the type of label and sound I eventually want to run, it would be Stones Throw.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
T-TODD: My fans can access all of my social media links of my website, www.T-Todd.com. On my site, you will find old/new songs, videos, pictures, bio and much more!
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