Toddefunk is an American singer/songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumental brain child. An already accomplished musician, his music mixes Funk, Rock, R&B, Soul and Pop– his fresh sound is what his loyal fans expect and he’ll bring.
"Toddefunk is a complete musician. Playing bass is only part of what he does. If you want your music to feel good, he's the one to call. He's been in TobyMac's band for over 16 years. TobyMac knows what's going on."
~Victor Wooten, (Five-time Grammy Award Winner)
“Toddefunk is one of the funkiest bass players I've ever heard, and has a style of his own that's undeniable. I first learned of Toddefunk's bass playing while watching the Gospel Music Channel network as TobyMac's Alive & Transported DVD was playing, since then I was hooked on his bass playing and was inspired to be the bass player that I am today. Keep inspiring! Toddefunk forever.”
~ Jamareo Artis (Bruno Mars)
Toddefunk, the newest artist on the The Professional Group’s roster recently inked a distribution deal with Caroline/ILS/Universal Music Group and is about to drop his latest single, “NewCity!” much to the anticipation of his growing fan base. You’ve most likely seen him bringing the bass alive for TobyMac & DiverseCity over the past 16 years. His magnet like energetic stage presence and dynamic bass playing keep you wanting more and that’s exactly what he’ll be delivering.
Playing the bass from an early age, Toddefunk has found his own unique style where he’s emerged to the professional level as a bassist in his own right catching the eye of master luthier, Marco Cortes of Marco Bass Guitars, who is now developing the anticipated Toddefunk signature Jazz Bass.
Toddefunk is rooted in his style with influences from the flamboyant freaked out funk of Bootsy Collins, the socially conscious funky R&B of Sly and the Family Stone, and musical artistry of Prince.
He considers bass players such as Jamareo Artis (Bruno Mars), Tony Russell (Kendrick Lemar), Ethan Farmer (Lionel Richie), Eric Smith (Justin Timberlake), and Victor Wooten, friends and contemporaries who challenge and aspire him to pursue greatness not only as a bassist, but musician and entrepreneur.
"You can't fake soul, you've either found it or you haven't. Whether you are listening to Todde's funk-filled basslines, or just enjoying some easy conversation with him, one thing is clear...you are listening to a man who has found his. Todde is a deeply soulful funkster who combines his musicality with a profound love for people, and uses it to speak love in everything he does....and what he 'does' is F U N K Y!!!"
~Matthew Melton (Chris Tomlin Band)
Toddefunk never loses sight of the Creator and his essential source of truth; this beautiful believer brings lyrically encouraging and an eclectic style that challenges some of today’s worldviews. His transparency will keep you grooving to a funky beat and coming back for more.
LEVY'S - CASES AND STRAPS
I'm very thankful for the support that I receive from all of my official endorsements to date. I'm proud to represent Levy's Leathers who provide top quality premium leather gig bags and straps for my bass guitars. I'm currently using the LM19. This bag is awesome! It's very durable, and has protected all of my bass guitars very well from day one. It fits easily into the overhead compartment when traveling by air so I never have to worry about a fit while traveling. I'm a fan of it's stylish design and it's comfortable to carry.
DUNLOP - STRINGS
Recently, I was introduced to Darryl C. Anders at Dunlop who now handles my strings, and effects. I currently use the Dunlop Super Bright Steel Bass strings which are medium gauge 45-105. These strings are killer! They're a great fit for my needs and particular styles of playing. I like the fact that they feel great consistently on all of my basses. The string has just enough of the right "give" because of them having lighter tension making playability an ease.
MXR - EFFECT PEDALS PEDALTRAIN - PEDAL BOARD
I've always used MXR bass pedals, but now I'm officially using MXR bass pedals! I'm currently using the MXR Bass Octave Deluxe and the MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe. I'll be adding very soon the MXR Bass D.I., DC Brick Power Supply, Bass Compressor, Bass Envelope all to be fitted onto my Pedaltrain Metro 16. The construction and quality of the MXR pedals is second to none! They can take a beating on the road and still deliver the tone they were designed to in the first place. The Pedaltrain solution has always been my favorite. I met John Chandler right after getting the gig with Tobymac and dcTalk. We were doing a show and I was setting my pedals up on the stage floor right in front of my rig and John watched from monitor world. Just before I finished he came over and said, "Hey, I've got a better solution for you"! And he showed me one of the very first Pedaltrain boards for my gear.
AMPEG - AMPLIFICATION
Ampeg is my weapon of choice to date, using the SVT Classic for power and Ampeg's tried and true 8x10 cab's for the big boom! I like Ampeg's classic tone for my bass sound. Clean and clear with a nice round low end. I like the fact that I can get natural distortion when needed, classic funk!
1964 EARS - IN EAR MONITORS
In ear monitoring is a big part of performing live. In any given situation, I need to be able to hear my band mates distinctively and clearly, and most importantly, my bass! I need to not only hear it, but hear the way it really sounds, devoid of any coloring from added frequencies to hide poor quality and design. My Quads, by 1964Ears, deliver every performance. The sound is full, rich and inspiring! Exactly what I need to keep the funk movin'!
MARCO BASS GUITARS
Marco Bass and I have gotten together to build something truly unique and amazing. Marco Cortes, an authentic luthier and craftsman, puts his all into every bass he creates. This will be my first signature model that will go into production for the general public. The excitement level for me is off the charts! The neck and fingerboard are maple. For the body, we went with tulip wood due to its density, to get a deep rich killer tone. This bass will feature binding and blocks with some custom detail, but you'll have to wait on those details! I've decided to finish this bass in sparkle red. I'm going with custom Marco pickups on this one y'all! Have you heard these joints yet ma'an?! It's a slap in the face like, "What are you waiting on?" The tone is bangin'! We're still discussing the possibility of a custom preamp as well. This details and hardware I'll save for later. Check back with me on the progress and share your thoughts with me!