“Music saved my life and it continues to rescue me from myself.” says Tod Miner, producer, DJ and performer. “If it wasn’t for music, I’d probably be in jail, a junky or. dead”. With three recent Billboard Dance Charts top ten hits (India – Seduce Me, GeorGie Porgie – I Love I Love, and Personal Jesus remix), and his first single, “Reach For The Sky”, (Forever Soul Records) ready to be released, Tod has his eyes, ears, feet and heart deeply rooted in dance music. “I’ve come a long way from living in a halfway house in Roger’s Park, Chicago”.
In 1984, Tod had flunked out of college, lost his gymnastics scholarship and was sentenced to mandatory drug / alcohol rehab for 11 months. “I was going nowhere fast and that was the only direction I knew”. The judge told Tod was a smart-ass and that he probably would be back and next time he was sending him to jail. “Six months later, I moved to Chicago to live in a halfway house. One of my housemates took me to Medusa’s, an all night juice bar that featured industrial music and I was hooked. I never heard music with such intensity. I found that, after dancing for 6 or 7 hours to that insane beat, I didn’t need to get high and I actually felt, calm. Since then, music has been my medication.” says Tod.
Tod attended local shows religiously and hung out at Exit, Neo, Club 950 followed by Shelter, Kaboom and Crobar. Unfortunately, by 1992, Industrial music was fading and the newer bands just didnt seem to have the edge. “So I decided I would have to make my own music to keep my sanity. I didn’t have a clue on how to get started, but, fortunately, I met a few friends along the way, Frankie from My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult had become a great friend and he helped guide me to get a workstation to start writing. I also met a local producer, Mark Pichiotti, aka Mark! Productions, who showed me the basics of working the gear.”
In 1993, Tod started writing industrial music and within 18 months, WOD, was born and getting radio play on the local music showcase show with James VanOsdal on Q101. Within a few months, Zoltar, (the brother from another planet), Q101’s industrial DJ, started taking notice. “He got me a manager and we started a band”. Within six months, WOD started playing locally, doing shows at DOME ROOM and Crobar. “We also started touring with Tony Duffy’s RACK show which had a great bondage theme to compliment WOD.” Within 12 months, WOD was picked up by 21st Circuitry Records and “No peace Without The Beat” was released in 1998. "That was when I started working with Teri Bristol. I asked her to help me produce the album. We were going to go on a national tour that summer but the label ran out of funds.
At the same time, a new groove was taking the music community by storm. Bands like Underworld and The Chemical Brothers came out. " I was like, this shit is sick! I gotta start writing like this. Well, the rest of my band was planted firmly into Industrial, but I couldn’t get this new stuff outta my head. I was just about to sign a deal with Slipped Disc Records in Chicago for a second WOD album, when I decided to leave the Industrial Vibe because Techno was all I wanted to hear. So I broke up the band, walked away from the deal and decided to start over." The only problem was, I wasn’t a DJ and I had no idea how to write this music, but it was in me now and I had to start. I’ve been refining my art and digging deeper into the dance music scene." Tod and Teri Bristol now work together as a remix duo for The Music Plant. “She has truly been a mentor and a friend to me. She convinced me to buy turntables last year and to start spinning. Now I can’t stop!”