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Best Gig of 2012 – Theo Parrish @Life Brighton 2nd March 2012

Written by Michael

January 28, 2013 1:22 pm

Sometimes the best gigs are the ones you least expect. I have to confess that before seeing him, I’d never really heard of Theo Parrish. Parrish though has been active since the mid-90s and hails from house music hotbed Detroit.

In support was Julio Bashmore, who I had heard of at the time, and it was Bashmore me and the others I went along with were most looking forward to. Bashmore is an incredibly slick DJ and his productions are top drawer.

Life itself is a fairly mediocre venue that suffers from being incredibly disjointed. There’s little rooms and doorways and passages everywhere. That would be great for some nights, but when you’re putting on nights where the focus is the DJ, it’s important that everybody that wants to see the DJ can. In Life however, the actual room where the DJ performs is quite small, and everybody else is in other adjacent rooms and they can’t see the DJ performing.

And once Bashmore was finished, the night was panning out to be fairly mediocre as well as sadly Bashmore was a bit of a letdown, his selection of tunes predictable and uninspiring. At this point I was expecting nothing of Parrish – but TP was an unbelievable surprise.

First off, his selection of tunes was phenomenal. Parrish used his expert knowledge of his genre to create a set that built up beautifully and he worked the crowd to perfection, dropping beats with precision timing. TP demonstrate an incredibly deep and broad knowledge of music, and the tracks spanned the decades.

Secondly, his vinyl mixing was both traditionally refreshing and wonderfully slick. Parrish mixes vinyl with a level of skill that would no doubt have many yearning for the times when vinyl was king. And certainly, TP was a harsh reminder of just how badly CDJ/Laptop setup’s lack that all important performance factor.

It is a testament to the sheer unbridled quality of a DJ such as Theo Parrish that when the bright lights come on and the engineers dip the sound to try to nudge the crowd out the door, there’s a good 200 people refusing to stop, refusing the let TP stop. “One more! One more!” went on several times, and when TP finally drew his set to a close a crowd of messy but incredibly happy revellers left the venue for home.

Even better, tickets for the event were a very reasonable £5/7, which to see someone of TPs quality, is very hard to beat. If you want one name to bear in mind to see for 2013, it would be difficult for me to recommend anybody other than the Detroit legend that is Theo Parrish.

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