1990's in Mpls
2000's in LA
Bassist/ Guitarist Singer/Songwriter
Alt Country to Alt Rock
Abstract to Pop
Dynamic and Bold
Todd has written/produced music for tv/film/commercials.
He just produced music for an upcoming Indie Feature Film, Captain Tsunami's Army to be released in 2020.
All I've got to say is that this gang in the picture is in my Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
Our future does hold brightness...and I am so grateful that I have been a part of the lives of so many awesome kids whose soul is moved by the gift of music.
Photo by Mark Seliger- 2013
In 1985, while in high school, Todd's family moved to suburban Minneapolis- near Graffiti Bridge- during the time Purple Rain was huge. It was Prince's neighborhood.
Soon, he saw The Suburbs play his high school. Paisley Park was built across the street from a park where he used to run high school cross country workouts. By the time he graduated high school, his curiosity towards playing music grew...resulting in getting a bass in 1988.
Todd learned how to play bass by listening to and playing along with his favorite bands of the time such as The Cure and going to see U2, REM, INXS, Love & Rockets and Jane's Addiction.
During this time he watched and was further inspired by other local bands, Gear Daddies and Trip Shakespeare, The Replacements and Soul Asylum, when he started playing music with high school mate, Craig Teiken. They formed bands Hardwood Carpets & Mother Goose during their college years and played at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis and the Ace Box Bar in St. Paul to get their performing chops going...ultimately leading to the band, Wood.
Wood was inspired by REM and U2-- in style and set up --as they played some jangle rock and were four guys who went to high school together. Wood played all over the midwest- from Denver to Rapid City to Sioux Falls to Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, St Louis and Kansas City and every where in between...and toured to LA, as well....and completed 3 full-length albums during their four year run. They enjoyed doing shows with The Delilahs, Rex Daisy, Spy Mob, Suede Chain and Frogpond, to name a few.
Matt Wilson (of Trip Shakespeare) --
being connected to them by booking agent, Mike Buenting.
Longtime booking agent/mgr, Mike Buenting, connected Todd with Matt and Jason Docter- formerly of Suede Chain and joined their band "docter." Immediately they had major labels and lawyers meeting with them and signed a developmental deal with Todd Sullivan at Virgin Records in 2000. The band also was selected to record/act in the NBC mini-series "The '70's."
Also at this time Todd was playing bass with Glide and Johne Perez & The Contenders and playing out regularly in a terrifically talented Hollywood scene with bands such as Peel, Itch and James Hall/Pleasure Club.
The deal with Virgin fell thru, docter had a personnel change...and reformed as THE LIFT. Steve Perry helped THE LIFT record their debut "Road To Hana" which was released in 2004.
THE LIFT toured to the midwest in the Fall of 2004 and Spring of 2005.
THE LIFT followed up with a release in 2007-"It Is What It Is" -shortly before disbanding, but not before garnering many placements of their music in tv and film.
Highlights include films, Normal Adolescent Behavior and Looking For Sunday. Television shows included a video of THE LIFT performing the song "War Parade" in NBC's hit show, ER. They also had placements on ABC's, Life As We Know It, Fox's, Roswell, and CW's, Hidden Palms, in addition to songs on MTV, E! Network, etc.
THE LIFT continues to get placements today and has had songs "Mask" and 'Wired" generate over 1 millions streams.
In 2008, Todd began recording his solo debut, an American Indie Pop record titled "Spokes" with top LA touring/recording players- Michael Jerome on drums, Stevie Blacke on strings, Ben Peeler on pedal/lap steel guitars, and Kristin Mooney and Natalie Davidson on backing vocals.
In 2009, Todd played a sold-out show at Bryant-Lake-Bowl in Minneapolis...and released "Spokes" in 2010.
Todd went on to do some collaborations with other artists- and had a project called T & Honey- which he co-wrote/recorded an album's worth of unreleased material which started when he lived in Santa Fe, NM for the last half of 2013.
In 2016, Todd took pre-recorded tracks to Stevie Blacke's studio to record drums with Michael Jerome, Stevie's strings, keyboards with Chris Joyner and backing vocals with Barbara Cohen. He missed the band dynamic and wanted a name that sounded like a band, so he created a new moniker which he called Marvelty. In March of 2017, a single was released called "Wake Up" - an epic rock anthem which also featured the funky-Beck-like tune "Future" and 60'sish "Spectacular Day."
Todd played record release shows in Los Angeles and Minneapolis with guest musicians accompanying.
Produced/Co-Wrote 6 songs with the talented singer, Justin Williams.
Todd plays guitar with his wife and singer/writer, Brooke Benson, when she performs.
Todd just wrapped up doing music for a full-length Indie Feature, Captain Tsunami's Army, writing music and recording the theme song, "Where's My Captain?" Plans for the film are for its release in 2020.
Todd just played bass on a couple tracks of Craig Teiken's new album, Sure. The two of them do play shows together on occasion as the duo, The Penthouse Two.
Todd continues to write, record, perform and teach.
Enjoy "Wake Up" from my Marvelty project released in March 2017
Check out this video to SUPER-charge your day!
Hotel Cafe- Hollywood
Matt Wilson and his orchestra - Hotel Cafe Second Stage
Featuring Matt Wilson and his orchestra
Jan 17, 2020 7:00 PM
Pre-Sale Price: $15.00
Hotel Cafe- Hollywood
The Redwood Bar- Los Angeles
I will be playing a 30 minute set 9:15-9:45 opening up for Savoir Faire & Thee Voyeuristics. It is a FREE show!
@ The Redwood Bar
316 W 2nd S...
The Redwood Bar- Los Angeles
If you are looking to work with me musically, it would be wonderful to hear from you.
1993 233 W 15th St
Chris Harrington- bass on 2 songs
Marlee MacLeod- bass on 6 songs
1999 There We Are
Johnne Perez & The Contenders- bass all album
2000 The Girls I Kissed
THE LIFT- Bassist/Co-Writing
2004 Road to Hana
2007 It Is What It Is
2017 Marvelty- Wake Up (It's Your Time Now)
Craig Teiken- bass on 2 songs