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Theo Parrish (1972 - )

Related: American music - Detroit techno

Alongside Rick Wilhite and, of course, the ever mysterious Moodymann, Theo Parrish represents a new style of Detroit house. Slower and more experimental than its Chicago counterpart, it’s a sound that looks mainly to African-America’s rich musical heritage for inspiration. Theo Parrish juxtaposes elements of soul, jazz, disco, funk and techno with simple but often hypnoticallt funky 4/4 house rhythms. Discover his unique sound on his ‘First Floor’-album (Peacefrog).--http://www.5voor12.com

Theo Parrish Biography

from Mir Media, 416-229-0934, www.mir-media.com

"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 a tribute; An expansion on ideas long forgotten, reconstruction, collage. Using the same understanding openly and respectfully can turn DJing into a spiritual participation. It can turn a few hours of selection into essential history; Necessary listening through movement." This personal philosophy gives shape and direction to the distinctive sounds that are created by Theo Parrish.

Theo Parrish was born in Washington, DC in 1972 and raised in Chicago, IL where his passion for music developed. Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Bob Marley as well as his uncle, jazz musician Dexter Sims, all had strong influences on Theo's early musical life. Chicago's radio influences and house artists such as Ron Hardy, Larry Heard, Lil' Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Gene Hunt, Mike Dunn, Frankie Knuckles, Walter "Get Down" Brown and Andrew Hatchett helped to spawn Mr. Parrish's early career. He began spinning and producing tracks in 1986 at the age of thirteen.

After graduating from the Academy for the Artist, he received a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute where his interest in music was taken to a new level through his study of sculpture. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from KCAI with a concentration of Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using live generating devices. While in KC, Theo continued to impact and be impacted by dance music helping bring a dormant underground scene to life.

In 1994, Theo moved to Detroit where he became heavily involved in the underground music scene. Producing music and delivering his unique and dynamic sets in venues throughout Detroit and surrounding areas as well as abroad. He has gained attention and respect of DJs, producers, listeners and dancers worldwide.

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  • First Floor (+1 Bonus Track) - Theo Parrish [Amazon.com] Japanese version with 1 bonus tracks

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