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What makes someone tick? Depends on the individual. In my case it is creating things, many of them musical. While my day job is all about ideas (and making them come to life), the nostatic existence is inextricably tied to music.

Here is the “just the facts” data:

  • primarily a bassist these days, but also play guitar, dobro, banjo, keyboards, and vocals
  • award-winning composer (for Orbital Redux)
  • read, have a great ear, a car that works, and I’m not a flake
  • have gigged on and off for over 40 years, doing everything from solo singer/songwriter shows to small jazz ensembles to jazz big bands to musical theater pits to funk, soul, and rock shows.
  • steeped in jazz, funk, soul, rock, folk, bluegrass and most anything in-between
  • playing out in front of people (no matter how many or how few) or in the studio – as long as there is music to be made I’m in

If it makes a difference, I have a phd in chemistry from Caltech. I also am an amateur extra-class radio operator (KG6TR), photographer, filmmaker, perpetual tai chi student, ex-car and bicycle racer, motorcycle tourer, and seeker of the illusive green room. In the early 00’s I spent four years playing with Kaz Takeda, appearing on three albums and performing shows in LA and Japan. I was bassist and producer in Simpleflower, and since 2009 have played nearly one thousand shows in Southern California with a number of different bands. In 2020 I escaped LA for Lompoc (pronounced lom-poke). Currently gigging around the central coast with Mark David in Soul Stingers. I’ve studied with Grammy-award winning bassist Victor Wooten, Kai Eckhardt, worked with Anthony Wellington on both bass and keyboard, and way back when, guitar and banjo with Walt Richards.

Most recent addition to the discography is the new nostatic solo album “like dissolves like” that dropped on 11Jan22. Other notables are the nostatic Time’s Up 2014 and 2016 String Life Live albums, Blue Noise Kitchen’s Dancer on the Road 2017 EP (bass, co-writing, mixing/producing the title track) and Lefty and the Hatman’s 2019 album Deja Blue (bass). 

For 2022, live gigs have come back (at least a fair chunk of them), and work is underway for an “acoustic” nostatic album as I’ve become enamored with dobro and the banjo is back in rotation. Certainly will be different than like dissolves like – after all, it’s nostatic.

enjoy the ride – todd richmond


I am a Fodera artist

and endorse FEA Labs effects

Partial Discography

1988 – Blopuck Xmas – The Blopucks (guitar, keyboards, vocals, producer)
1994 – Exothermic Jazz – Caltech Jazz Band (bass)
2001 – While My Guitar Gently Speaks – Kaz Takeda (bass)
2002 – The First Wave – Kaz Takeda (bass)
2004 – SoCalSoul – Simpleflower (bass, producer)
2012 – Juliet – Kaz Takeda (bass)
2014 – Time’s Up – nostatic (bass, guitar, keyboards, banjo, writer, producer)
2016 – String Life Live – nostatic (bass, producer)
2017 – Dancer on the Road – Blue Noise Kitchen (bass, writer)
2019 – Deja Blue – Lefty and the Hatman (bass)
2022 – like dissolves like – nostatic (bass, keyboards, writer, producer)

current gear

Fodera Yin Yang Deluxe 4-string
Rob Allen Mouse 30 fretless
Rob Allen Deep 4 fretless
Fender P-bass
Beard Radio Standard R Squareneck Resonator
Martin OM-28e Modern Deluxe
Nechville Saturn 5-string banjo
PRS CE24 semi-hollow 5905

Audio Kinesis H1203 and C1203T bass cabinets
Mesa WD-800 and D-800 bass heads
Udo De Capo acoustic amp
QSC K8 and K10.2
EV Evolve 30M

FEA Labs Dual-band compressor
TC-Helicon Play Acoustic
Strymon El Capistan
Walrus Audio Lillian
Walrus Audio Ages
Boss OC-5 Octave
Wampler Mini Ego
Sonic TurboTuner
Wampler Ethereal
Keeley Dark Side
Source Audio C4
Ditto Looper+
Wampler Ego
COG 66 Mini

Ableton Live on a MacBookPro w/Push 2
NI Komplete 13 with an S61
RME Babyface Pro FS