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Ahead of Studio 338’s 10-year anniversary party, garage pioneer Todd Edwards talks about his musical firsts.
Todd Edwards needs little introduction. But, for those that don’t know, he’s the forefather of UKG; one of Britain’s most celebrated dance genres. With a career that spans three decades, the pioneering producer and remixers built a colossal discography that rivals anyone on the clubbing circuit. Having made his name in house music, the New Jersey born selector became famous for his kaleidoscopic cut up samples and vocal chops, which simultaneously birthed garage and won him international acclaim.
Those signature rhythms have dominated dance-floors for decades, with everyone from DJ EZ to Groove Armada acquiring his distinctive style. Perhaps the Grammy award winning producer’s biggest triumph is that he’s the only artist to have collaborated with Daft Punk twice. “Face to Face” went gold in 2001, whilst “Random Access Memories” surged to platinum 12 years later. Despite all the accolades, Todd’s always had a profound love for Britain and the country’s burgeoning dance music scene. Some of his earliest singles, like “I Want To Be In Fabric” and “No Place Like London” play on the capital’s hedonistic spirit, which sparked his own ascent to international acclaim.
An ever-effervescent spirit, Todd’s recent success has been fuelled by a series of reissues on house music’s biggest labels. Defected records re-released over 140 of his singles in 2021, eternalising the slick grooves and 2-step chops that continue to govern raves globally.
Ahead of Studio 338’s ten-year anniversary party, Todd Edwards talks to us about his musical firsts, from being starstruck by Todd Terry to the power of sampling.