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Todd began influencing
audiences with his music selection as far back as 1989 when he
began dj'ing around his hometown of Salisbury, Connecticut to make
some extra money. The equipment was limited to a couple tape decks
and cd players and the gigs ranged from weddings to high school
dances and even the occasional batmitsfa.
"Those were tough
audiences. You'd have a crowd ranging
from 15 years old to 90 years old with musical tastes ranging
from disco to heavy metal and even the occasional polka. Those
were tough rooms, Jack!"
After a considerable hiatus
brought on by Active Duty military, Todd finally scratched that
itch when he used his first college loan check to purchase two
turntables and a mixer shortly after settling in Austin, Texas
in 1995. Eager to dig in and learn the necessary skills, Todd made
the acquaintence of a local Austin DJ who showed him the ropes.
Within a year, he was was moving crowds in various clubs along
Austin's famed 6th Street. Numerous guest spots througout the city
coupled with a local residency at a Top 40 club helped Todd learn
the fine art of reading and satisfying diverse crowds.
"I remember my first opportunity.
I settled in behind the decks with a swelled ego and a bag
full of the new records I had purchased that day. I saw
an opportunity to amaze the audience with my impressive musical knowledge
and skill. It turned out to be quite the humbling experiene
as the dance floor
cleared and the club emptied. It was at that time I realized that
I am there to serve and entertain first - to assume you're
superior to those for whom you play is the biggest mistake
you can make."
Seeking a bigger playground,
Todd made the move west to San Francisco in 1998, and was greeted
by the most dynamic and diverse music scene in the country. He
quickly emersed himself in the culture and began sharing his own
interpretation of a house sound at the biggest clubs in the city
including 1015 Folsom, End Up, 550 Barneveld, DNA Lounge and Liquid.
Todd Michael joined SF-Vibe
in Spring 2003, and now serves as partner, webmaster and resident
DJ. He can be found working audiences at most SF-Vibe events.
His sound is diverse and draws from outside musical influences such as soul,
rhythm & blues, funk, disco and jazz. His music can be characterized
as a deep and groovy, soul inspired house sound;
the energy of his crowd, but warm, melodic and substantial enough to stick
long after the party's over.
Favorite producers include
Blaze and Masters at Work. DJ's who have served as inspiration
Mark Grant, Timmy
Derrick Carter and King Britt.
In 2004, Todd will attempt to draw from these musical influences as he
takes begins focussing on music production.