I first met Mike Theodore
during a Sunliner recording session. We were being produced
by John Rhys at the time. Mike had stopped into the
studio (Golden World) to see John. He and I struck up a
conversation. He had some suggestions to make on what we
were doing in
the studio. I thought this was rather incongruous with the
load of biology books he was carrying. He was a college
student at the time.
I had known Dennis Coffey's name for some time. He was
already an established musician in the Detroit club scene
when The Sunliners were just beginning to emerge.
There was a downtown bar
called Rose's. All the musicians hung out there when they
weren't playing in the clubs. I
would go to Rose's to see Dennis Coffey play.
A few years down the line Mike and Dennis would form Theo-Coff
productions and work exclusively out of Tera Shirma.
were so busy and brought so much work to the studios that I
gave them office space in Studio A rent free. Their office
would be next to mine and across from secretary, Neica Lee.
The offices were wood panelled and each had a large glass
window looking out onto the waiting area. My own office was
nearest the studio.
I am still in touch with Mike
Theodore. He and Dennis are still collaborating on certain
projects. We all remain good friends to this day.
One of the great Detroit
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