Drummer for Hire

The last five summers, Todd has toured with The Rick Berthod Band. They toured Rocky Mountain and midwest venues including The Mercury Cafe in Denver for the (Colorado Blues Dance Society), The Fat Fish Pub in Galesburg Ill and Muddy Waters Blues club in Bettendorf Ia. Throughout the years, the band played at popular blues spots in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. They performed many times at THE RAILHEAD @ The Boulder Station Casino with headliners Coco Montoya, Savoy Brown, Les Dudek Janiva Magness, The Zac Harmon Band, Shana Morrison, Golden Star Revue and The Tinsley Ellis Band.

His recent collaborations with brothers Mike and Larry Pedersen became the soundtrack for the movie Cataract Gold. It’s based on historical events that took place in Utah in 1869. He had the amazing opportunity to create one of those songs with legendary vocalist Terry Reid. His project VIZWAAR is currently writing and rehearsing new material. This undiluted power trio allows Todd to take his rhythms in challenging new directions. He’s also working with multi instrumentalist Scotty SJ on a free jam electronic/acoustic project called FLOAT. The two of them jam live and overdub and create unique videos for the masses.

Todd works freelance in the Los Angeles area and beyond.

Past Projects

Todd began his freelance career playing in a power pop band called The Shakes. Other adventures included playing small theater productions with the Zoo District and Sacred Fools. This led to work with power pop band Throttle Back Sparky, recording with one of the band’s vocalist Deena Rubinson. Dick Simms (Eric Clapton’s keyboardist) was on the date. He was also involved performing and collaborating with singer songwriters and composers all around town. Myers experimented with recording percussion instruments, incorporating midi effects with film composition in mind. Todd has always been on a steady diet of jazz and blues. He had several opportunities to hang out with his hero Elvin Jones which changed his life. He continued experimenting with Doumbek, assorted hand percussion instruments and listening to many world music styles.

Playing the Sixth street Circuit in Austin, Todd rehearsed at the ARC with the Bone Horses. The ARC Angels played soulful blues-rock, significantly inspiring Todd’s shuffle and half time feel. Next door studio neighbors Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section rehearsed. Todd would listen in on their rehearsals. One day he had a chance to meet the band which included Tommy Shannon, Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton. Todd struck-up a conversation with drummer, Chris “Whipper” Layton and was invited to hang out with him, talk shop and do a little drumming with him.

Todd’s first success came after joining jam band Purpl Turtlz. This band shared the stage with Bob Weir, Go Ahead (featuring members of The Grateful Dead and Santana), Country Joe and the Fish, Strawberry Alarm Clock, David Lindley, Hot Tuna, Buffalo Springfield Revisited,Toad the Wet Sprocket and and many other greats. The Band recorded one record called Hatched. While in San Francisco, Todd played with many bands, including Cinderblock, who were regulars on the Noise Pop Festival scene and signed to Restless Records. It was a time of experimentation and learning. He collaborated with singer songwriters and played in Power Pop, Funk, Punk, Jazz,, Grunge, Alternative rock, Soul, and Americana bands.

Beginings

Todd’s introduction to music came through hearing gospel music with his baby-sitter Myrtle Pickens. His second turning point in his life at age 12 was seeing Buddy Rich play Disneyland. This sealed his fate. In his formative years in Los Angeles he learned drums by studying with Gregg Bissonette, John Cellelo and Mark Craney. Listening to John Bonham, Ginger Baker,Elvin Jones, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchel, Mick Fleetwood and Levon Helm were important in developing his style.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for appearing in Lamar, Colorado. I got to listen to some great blues; your sounds were awesome. We don’t get top performers all the way out here. Thanks again for touring. Rick too!

  2. Always a pleasure playing with you,Todd.We now have played in two different bands together,and certainly will play again in some capacity in the future.Let’s keep it always rockin’ and always swinging….Website looks great!

  3. GREAT site, I knew you were a very gifted musician, but you did a great job of doing web design. You never cease to amaze me. I guess the Baptist church had a lot of influence as you did not inharit any musical talant from your parents. Great work.
    Love Pops

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