Wednesday, Mar 17 2004 | 13:41

Sound Signature hardly needs introduction. Started out in 1996 by Theo Parrish, it has always been an outlet for his own music as well as for his friends, like Rick Wilhite, Marcellus Pittman & Moodymann (3 Chairs). After the release of “Parallel Dimensions” a few years ago as well as a label compilation, the forthcoming album Theo Parrish pres. Rotating Assembly “Natural Aspirations” is the 3rd full length on the label.

Rotating Assembly is a new band put together by Theo Parrish. This loose Detroit outfit evolves around 21 people, who exchange talents and energy. All tracks are written and produced and masterminded by Theo Parrish, who has given them his (sound) signature sound – a true Sound Signature release.

Artists included in the band are: Genevieve (known for vocals with Recloose), Maat Lo (aka Billy Lo), Marcellus Pittman, Rick Wilhite (3 Chairs), Warren Harris (recorded with Dan Curtin), Andres. Also newcomers such as Karen Bosco (most vocals) John Dougalas (trumpet), King Sunshine & Trent Mitchell (double bass) put in incredible effort to make this release a top Sound Signature title.

From the laidback vocal tune “Naturally” to the instrumental emotions of “Melt” it’s all there to make this album an allround one. From strength to strength, Theo Parrish takes it to the next level, once again.

The CD album will be accompanied by a limited 3×12″ pack with full artwork sleeves. The first 12″ comes with an exclusive instrumental mix of “Melt”.

Theo Parrish

“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 method of tasteful assembly, collage, as opposed to a creative crutch, plagiarism. Using this same understanding openly & respectfully, can turn DJing into 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 D.C. in 1972 and raised in Chicago, IL where his passion for music developed. Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, George Gershwin, 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 dance artists such as Ron Hardy, Larry Heard, Lil Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Gene Hunt, Mike Dunn, Frankie Knuckles, Walter Get Down Brown and Andre 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 Arts, 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 in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using live instruments, looped recordings, the human voice, and numerous other sound generation devices. While in Kansas City, Theo continued to impact and be impacted by dance music, helping to bring a dormant underground music scene to life.

In 1994, Theo Parrish moved to Michigan where he became heavily involved in Detroit’s underground music scene. Since his arrival, he has helped spawn a resurgence of dance classic selections among local DJ talents. An original resident of ‘Better Days’, Theo’s sound has been called everything from spiritual to infectious. Unfortunately, the commercialization of ‘Better Days’ authored its disappearance. Following several dates with independent promoters, he gave an exceptional evening of soulful selections at the infamous Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Later, Theo started his own night, “Sessions” at The Rhythm Cafe. Finding the night to offer more stress than musical bliss, Theo has returned to the comforts of the studio. You can find his sounds being charted by DJs in Germany, London. Japan. Italy, France, Australia, Canada, Africa and numerous cities throughout North America. Producing music and delivering his unique and dynamic sets in venues throughout the Detroit and surrounding areas, as well as abroad he has gained the attention and respect of DJs, producers, listeners and dancers worldwide.

more information:

Andy Mitchells interview with Theo Parrish, from 17 Feb 2004 (Real Audio)

Interview with Theo Parrish by Overload Media, from August 2003 (interview by Nick Doherty for overloadmedia.co.uk)

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