Todd Orcutt was born and raised in coastal Maine. His musical roots are as ragged and deep as the heritage of his home state. He started by playing violin and trumpet in elementary school before settling down with the guitar at age 13. Todd immediately became immersed in the folk music of late 60’s and early 70’s before moving to the electric guitar styles of Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Rush and The Police. By the time he entered the University of Maine at Augusta to study Jazz and Contemporary Music he had performed with pit orchestras for the musicals Jesus Christ Super Star, Grease and Oklahoma while performing in clubs throughout New England.
The early 90’s brought big changes to the music industry and Todd formed an alternative rock group Positive Fuzz combining elements of rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop. The band earned a fierce and loyal following releasing several albums independently while gaining the interest of A & M Records. Eventually the band members went their separate ways when musical differences could not be resolved and Todd took refuge in Florida recharging his mind and body.
Todd returned to Maine and his musical roots in the late 90’s forming the power trio Super Power Dream Land. This project eventually dissolved and was reformed as a band called Arcolytes. Todd shared the songwriting and production duties with guitar virtuoso Jeremy Shirland. The self-titled CD earned air play throughout the northeast and a loyal following was built with a superb live show culminating with a headlining gig at the legendary CBGB’s in New York City.
As the Arcolytes were hitting their stride Todd’s son Logan was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This dramatic turn of events resulted in Todd moving his family in order to get Logan the treatment and therapy he needed. Todd knew that his musical career was no longer the priority and entered the nursing profession while guiding his son’s treatment. During this time Todd worked behind the scenes co-writing songs and working on pre-production for some of Maine’s finest acts: Pushing Zero¸ George Skala and Cohesive. Todd grew as an artist through the vision of both Maine based producer Jonathan Wyman and Grammy winning producer Anthony J. Resta of the legendary Studio Bopnique. Cohesive moved to California and their album “To the Stars” received a Los Angeles Music Award nomination for AAA Album of the Year featuring two songs co-written by Todd and Cohesive members Nick Feliccitti and Michael Leffler.
The last few years has brought tremendous personal growth and development for both Todd and his son Logan. Inspired by his life as a father and encouraged by friends and family Todd has decided to return to his roots as a performing musician. Todd is bringing his energy, sense of humor and stage presence to venues throughout Maine. Performing a variety of his own original material and classic songs from artists diverse as Mumford & Sons, Johnny Cash, U2 and The Police, Todd channels the spirit of his childhood hero Michael Hedges with a variety of tunings and soundscapes. Critics have called his guitar work “pastoral” and his songwriting “Pop Genius”. Now is the time to witness the rebirth of one of Maine’s premier musicians and support Maine’s thriving music scene. For additional information and bookings contact Todd at 207-210-0726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.