Detroit legend Theo Parrish returns to Melbourne for The Eighty-Six Festival

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Detroit legend Theo Parrish returns to Melbourne for The Eighty-Six Festival

Theo Parrish
words by staff writer

With his distinctive production style and dynamic DJ sets, Theo Parrish is the latest act announced for The Eighty-Six.

Irreverent and unconventional, yet deeply groovy: few DJs in the world command the awe and respect that Detroit’s own Theo Parrish does. Opening and closing his own party during Melbourne’s newest festival, The Eighty-Six, this legend will grace the decks on Sunday, October 29 at the iconic Northcote Theatre.

Theo Parrish

  • Where: Northcote Theatre
  • When: October 29

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Parrish’s journey as a DJ and producer began in 1986, when he was just thirteen years old. His unique blend of live instruments, looped recordings, vocals, and various sound-generating devices in the form of sound sculpture has made him a legend in the underground music scene.

In 1994, Parrish received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, solidifying his commitment to creative expression. Shortly after, he relocated to Michigan, immersing himself in Detroit’s vibrant underground music community.

As a testament to his creative independence, Parrish established Sound Signature Recordings in 1997. This independent vinyl record label exclusively uses the renowned Archer Record Pressing Co. on Davison Avenue, maintaining Parrish’s commitment to quality and artistic integrity.

Raised in Chicago, Theo Parrish’s musical journey was deeply influenced by a diverse range of artists. Icons such as Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, George Gershwin, Bob Marley, and his uncle, jazz musician Dexter Sims, all played a pivotal role in shaping his early musical life. Additionally, Chicago’s vibrant radio scene and legendary house artists including Ron Hardy, Larry Heard, and Frankie Knuckles further fuelled his passion for music.

Get ready to party at Northcote Theatre on October 29.