As a tastemaking DJ, Liquid Todd has dominated dance music radio for well over a decade. Serving first at the country’s favorite terrestrial radio stations, 103.5 WKTU and 92.3 K-Rock (WXRK) in New York, Todd went on to curate shows and launch channels on SiriusXM satellite radio — which now has over 30 million subscribers. You can hear him weeknights on BPM/51.
Unbeknownst to his listenership, Todd was signed to Atlantic Records along with his songwriting partner at the time, Dr. Luke, in 2001. The two worked nine hours a day in Dr. Luke’s cramped home studio in Chelsea, making music during Luke’s stint as a guitar player for SNL and Todd’s eight-year run hosting his Solid State show on WXRK. Todd told me that he would be shocked, saddened and angry if what has been alleged against his friend was true, but that it didn’t seem like something his friend would do to a vulnerable woman. Todd said he sincerely hopes the allegations against Dr. Luke are untrue.
Allegations aside, We’re honored to have spent some time with Todd, who’s one of the few radio personalities that listeners specifically tune in to interact with. From his perspective, that’s the power that radio has over streaming. He’s not just curating playlists, but sharing his opinions, interacting with his listeners, and broadcasting live sets from the world’s most prestigious music festivals. Some see traffic jams as a hurdle to get past. Todd sees it as a packed arena of fans eagerly waiting to hear the hits he has cued up. The textbook definition of a “captive audience.”
Having spun thousands of hours of records, Todd’s ear is primed to recognize a hit. When his buddies Disco Killerz, whom he had already collaborated with on “Satisfaction,” called him over to a session at their studio on 23rd street, he discovered that they’d be collaborating on another track. The idea for Stellar perked Todd’s ear because of the vocal from Lana Del Rey’s old crush, Jimmy Gnecco. Jimmy supported Lana on the North American leg of her Born To Die tour, serving as a muse for several of her songs, including Jimmy Gnecco.
His rock-edged vocals gave the 128bpm Stellar the anthemic punch it needed to be played on the main stage, and the rolling bass in the drop makes it a perfect fit for Todd’s Tuesday Night #betaBPM new music radio show. If you need more proof that Stellar is a hit, look at the remix pack (out next Friday): tyDi, Dzeko & Torres and Morgan Page all put their own on the tune. Catch Liquid Todd’s set at SMF Tampa and give Stellar a listen below!
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