INFLUENCES: PARRIS MITCHELL

The Dance Mania mainstay plums the depths of his musical upbringing, providing a list of encyclopedic depth and length.

INFLUENCES: PARRIS MITCHELL

The Dance Mania mainstay plums the depths of his musical upbringing, providing a list of encyclopedic depth and length.

For this edition of Influences, we reached out to Parris Mitchell, a founding member and consistent mainstay of Chicago's hugely influential Dance Mania, and a musical alchemist acknowledged to be one of the inventors of ghetto house. As if this wasn't enough of an honour, he provided one of the most nuanced, detailed, and, frankly, enormous lists of tracks we've ever had the privilege of sharing. To help illustrate the amount of work it took, he said the following: 

"I’m influenced by artists from Barry Manilow, to Gladys Knight, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Wes Montgomery, Teddy Pendergrass, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Led Zepplin, to Loose Joints, Donna Summers, Chic, MFSB, Ashford & Simpson, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, to Bach, Amadeus. The list is actually endless."

You'd better get started.


Pre-order Carly Foxx's Body Ache remix package, featuring a version by Mitchell, HERE.

Parris Mitchell will play at The Tower Festival this weekend. See HERE

JAMES BROWN - SAY IT LOUD, I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD

The first is a record by the legendary James Brown. During 1968 in U.S. history, there was a bill passed by congress called ‘FHA’. This acronym stands for “The Fair Housing Act”. This allowed minorities the opportunity to relocate to areas previously off limits. There was a whole movement during this period. I was as young as 4 years old the first time I heard this gem. My parents would wake me up to dance and impress house guests with my innate ability at rhythm. However, this is the song I recall dancing to the most. The rhythm of the band on this record seems to have influenced me very early in life.

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