CDR x Dimensions Festival family: Theo Parrish

If you attended Theo Parrish’s sermon of sense at State of Independence last Thursday evening, you’ll know Theo’s reach goes beyond dancefloors. Back in 2011, when CDR Berlin was finding its feet, we got to learn audio insights from the free-talking maestro and earlier this year, we again got to collaborate with the Steve Reid fundraiser, Experience of Creation. In 2012, Theo visited If Music. There Eddie Otchere audio-visually recorded events. See/hear on…

“A conversation with Theo Parrish. Oral history if you will. Recorded at If Music with Jean Claude. In the background you can also hear me, myself and my camera firing. I shoot people on film. This is a record of my shoot with Theo Parrish. I recorded our conversation, filmed the interview and took 12 pictures. I processed the film myself, I bought the paper in Stockwell, smeared it with liquid emulsion in Mitcham. It was on a Sunday. The print emerged in its lith developer in Photofusion, Brixton. I consider this activity a reflection of my artistry as a photographer, the photograph itself is an archival 1000year analogue record of a meeting, it’s the reaction and result of conversations about the world, technology and music, it’s about the death of Detroit and the death of photography, inversely it’s the resurrection, and the birth of new modes of analogue production. As Theo said, an analogue industry ‘to find where my humanity is at.'” Eddie Otchere.

We’re looking forward to hearing more from Theo Parrish’s sister label to Sound Signature, Wildheart Recordings. Excellent beginnings with the 12″, ‘Day Like This’ / ‘Feel Loved’ featuring Theo, Tony Allen, Andrew Ashong, Eska, and Dave Okumu.


Eddie Otchere’s photo of Theo, as well as his portraits of Aaliyah, Biggie, Dego and Carl Craig, Steve Wonder and more are available at If Music.


Produce an outstanding entry to our Dimension Sounds project and you could be awarded with tickets to Dimensions Festival and an invite to play on our boat party.

Watch + learn on: When Theo Parrish visited CDR Berlin