"Love of the music should be the driving force of any producer, performer or DJ.Everything else stems from that core, that love. With that love, sampling can become amethod of tasteful assembly, collage, as opposed to a creative crutch, plagiarism. Usingthis same understanding openly and respectfully, can turn DJing into spiritualparticipation. It can turn a few hours of selection into essential history, necessarylistening through movement."
This personal philosophy gives shape and direction to the distinctive sounds that arecreated by Theo Parrish.
Theo Parrish, born in Washington D.C. was raised in Chicago, IL where his passion formusic developed. Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, GeorgeGershwin, Bob Marley, as well as his uncle, jazz musician Dexter Sims, all had stronginfluences on Theo's early musical life.
Chicago's radio influences and dance artists such as Ron Hardy, Larry Heard, Lil Louis,Farley Jackmaster Funk, Gene Hunt, Mike Dunn, Frankie Knuckles, Walter Get DownBrown and Andre Hatchett, helped to spawn Mr. Parrish's early career. He beganspinning and producing tracks in 1986, at the age of thirteen.
After graduating from the Academy for the Arts, he received a scholarship to the KansasCity Art Institute where his interest in music was taken to a new level through his studyof sculpture. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from KCAI with aconcentration in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using live instruments, loopedrecordings, the human voice, and numerous other sound generation devices. While inKansas City, Theo continued to impact and be impacted by dance music, helping tobring a dormant underground music scene to life.
Theo Parrish moved to Michigan in 1994, where he became heavily involved in Detroit'sunderground music scene. Since his arrival, he has helped spawn a resurgence ofdance classic selections among local DJ talents. An original resident of 'Better Days',Theo's sound has been called everything from spiritual to infectious. Following severaldates with independent promoters, he gave an exceptional evening of soulful selectionsat the infamous Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Finding the night to offer more stressthan musical bliss, Theo has returned to the comforts of the studio. You can find hissounds being charted by DJs in Germany, London. Japan. Italy, France, Australia,Canada, Africa and numerous cities throughout North America. Producing musicthrough his imprint Sound Signature, and delivering his unique and dynamic sets invenues throughout the Detroit and surrounding areas, as well as abroad he has gainedthe attention and respect of DJs, producers, listeners and dancers worldwide.Theo Parrish recently participated in the first "Roots of Techno" panel discussion withIndiana University. Theo has also served as lecturer for the Red Bull Music Academy.