Garry Todd is a fearless guy, who wants more than just watching the world turning with a winking eye. His artistic visions won’t fit on only one record, which is why the Briton, besides producing and releasing music on his label Contemporary Scarecrow of himself and friends, he also publishes flashy self-designed fashion. „Doing tunes was like playing Playstation. While my buddies were playing FIFA, I would be rolling a big spliff and jamming. At some point it became an obsession, hours would turn into days. It was as if there was no time“, reveals the producer about his early days with a smirk on his face. As a teenager, he often went from his hometown Sunderland to the neighbouring city Newcastle, dancing to sets of 90s House stars such as Masters At Work.
Along the way he was training his knowledge in club music and buying lots of „Choice – A Collection of Classics“ CD-Samples of artists like Derrick Carter and Danny Tenaglia, skipping on the vinyls due to his lack of money. Infected by the house and techno virus – and driven by his desire for eternal summer, 6 years ago Todd finally started a nomadic life in-between Australian beach life, Balearic party island insanity and British summer. Especially in Down Under he promoted as a DJ, producer and party organizer and quickly became a central figure in the newly burgeoning club scene in and around Sydney. His Bread & Butter parties are legendary and not rarely he played headliner-sets at festivals like Playground Weekender or Stereosonic alongside artists like Jimpster or Ricardo Villalobos. The uniquely-styled globetrotter refers to the latter as a great source of inspiration for his own sound, besides Soul Capsule, Basic Channel and the music of his buddies Acid Mondays.
Speaking of sound, Todd is far away from committing himself to the zeitgeist and instead is raging nimbly throughout the House genre. After releases on his own label and other labels as Illusion Recordings he is now following up with his debut album “Nora Lilian” on BPitch Control. Named after his beloved grandmother, the cover shows him jokingly posing beside her while cutting a hedge. “The biggest part of the album was created in Rose Bay near Sydney. I was living near the water and jumping into the sea every morning. After that, I went to the studio, luring a few rhythms out of the TR-909 or playing around on my Roland Juno-60 synthesizer. While traveling, I would arrange a lot of the recordings and later refine them in the studio. Since I was rarely using sampled sources such as interviews or movie dialogues, I would also sent some loops to my girlfriend and her friends so they could add some vocals.” Todd recounts about the 16 months development process of the ten tracks on his album. They are named after people, places and stories that remind him of his own life. Sometimes they swing fragment like while magnetic claps and hi-hats revolve around politically charged Spoken Word.
Also Trance, Minimal from the Perlon school, 90s House and Balearic are noticeable in his hot, hypnotic sound. His musical idols Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Queen and his dream of being a member of the Happy Mondays in the Manchester of the “Hacienda” times have also left their marks. „Nora Lilian“ is an album in which a psychedelic soul dwells, that sometimes gets lost in rapturous atmospheres and in particular it is an album that is always aimed at the dance floor in a charming and determined way. „I try to make music that I would buy myself today and still be listening to in five years. As a DJ, I also play a lot of old House, Techno and other good tracks that don’t age.“ explains Todd his artistic vision. Listening to these tracks absorbs you immediately. Instead of cheap punch lines, you will get sound meditations in variable BPM, whose captivating force reveals how the music itself is playing Garry Todd and not the other way around.