Theo Parrish at The Ritz, Manchester
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For an unassuming musician and music selector from Detroit, Theo Parrish has quite some status. His live, full band set at Manchester Ritz this summer is one of the most anticipated of the year among fans of electronic music. It comes, on 15th July, as part of three special shows presented by Red Bull Music Academy and Soundcrash. The others come at London's Forum and Lovebox Festival.
Theo Parrish's DJ sets are much-loved, his regular night at London club Plastic People illustrate that. His music, which features live instruments, voices and looped recordings, is rarely heard with the backing of a band. Indeed, Parrish hasn't played live with a band for 10 years, so July's Manchester show promises to be an memorable night. Ahead of the performances, Theo Parrish said: "Whatupdoe, greetings from Detroit. London, Lovebox, Manchester, see you at the Red Bull Music Academy stage this summer, it's going down."
The band backing Parrish, a veteran of the Detroit scene, will be made up of Amp Fiddler (keys), Akwasi Mensah (bass), Duminie DePorres (electric guitar) and Myele Manzanza (drums). The set, like Parrish's music, will encompass techno, house, disco and funk. The show is part of Parrish's Teddy's Get Down tour, which celebrates his new album which is due this year.
Parrish, who was born in Washington and raised in Chicago, is much-loved in the UK. But before his first professional visit here came much learning. After growing up listening to jazz, he studied music at Chicago's Academy Of The Arts and went on to Kansas City Art Institute. There he focused on sound sculptures, building layers of instruments, human voices and various recordings. Forming his own label, Sound Signature, helped build the foundations for a groundbreaking career in electronic music production. His live shows this summer promise to be a career high point. Manchester Ritz is the only opportunity for fans to see the performance outside London. As Theo himself says, "it's going down".