Theo Parrish is a revered force in the electronic music scene. He is a legendary music producer, a versatile DJ and the owner of the heavy-hitting Sound Signature record label. Growing up in Chicago, Theo received early influences from jazz and soul artists by the likes of Miles Davis, George Gershwin, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simon. At the young age of 13, Theo discovered the Chicago House music scene and began DJing.
He attended art school at the Chicago Academy of the Arts and the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1994, Theo received his degree and moved to Detroit where he became an active DJ in the already established Detroit electronic music scene. In 1995, Theo gained exposure in the scene when he secured his single "Lake Shore Drive" on the B-side of a Moodyman record. Shortly after, he released his first solo project in 1996 called "Baby Steps EP". In 1997, Theo created the now well-known label, Sound Signature, and released multiple projects while also working under the alias 3 Chairs with Rick Wilhite and Dixon. Heavily inspired by Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy, Theo's releases on Sound Signature are soulful and focused on rhythm.
In the following year, Peacefrog records released Theo's first full-length LP, "First Floor". Following a slew of EPs, collaborations and compilations, Parrish released his second full-length album, Parallel Dimensions, in 2000. This album was met with critical acclaim and sold out quickly. Between 2001 to 2002, Theo was producing at a prolific rate. During this period, he released more than 10 singles and EPs including: "I Can Take It", "Locations of Lost Color", "Solitary Fight" and his white-label Ugly Edits series. Beyond his solo project, Theo was also part of the Rotating Assembly, a musical group which showcased live musicians and singers. The group released their first full-length "Natural Aspirations" in 2004.
Theo has kept up with a steady stream of singles, EPs and projects since the early 00?s including his popular collaboration with Andrew Ashong, "Flowers". Since 2006 Theo has released four full-length albums including: Sound Sculptures Vol. 1 in 2007, Sketches in 2010, American Intelligence in 2014 and his newest album Wuddaji in 2020.