Piotr Orlov was born a music enthusiast in St. Petersburg, Russia – back when it was called Leningrad – and remembers hearing Louis Armstrong records in his crib.
He’s been a New Yorker since the plane carrying his family touched down at JFK in March of ‘77. Henceforth, Piotr’s life has been about adapting to, and pursuing the new. Cause that’s how immigrants do.
Piotr’s DJ debut was at his own 7th grade dance, and paints a direct line to the monthly “Treehouse” parties he throws in Brooklyn. Over the past 18 years, his writing on music and culture has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Arthur, numerous alt-weeklies, and countless websites. (His own is Newly Lost Edge.) In the ‘00s, he’s helped curate the music for a museum show about Fela Kuti (“The Black President” at the New Museum), started a digital music business for MTV, and began consulting on digital strategy for bands, brands and one creative agency.
PS: Feel free to call him “Peter.”
Piotr Orlov appears in the following:
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Berlin duo's club music transcends dance-floor stereotypes through extreme juxtapositions, while drawing its power from a TR 808 drum machine and a world of sound.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The long-running duo returns with another set of inventive, era-spanning, synth-driven techno-pop that sets Jeremy Greenspan's alternately husky and delicate voice against synthetic backgrounds.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Highlights from New York's one-night festival of global sounds included music from Haiti's dance-clubs, Ukrainian experimental theater and Mexican cabarets.
Monday, January 25, 2016
The singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist returns with her trademark blend of earthbound traditionalism and electronic ambiance.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Will Oldham covering Prince's gospel-soul classic for John Peel's BBC Show in 1994 — it rarely gets better than that.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Philly singer-guitarist's trio showed up at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge in a blues-rock mood. Watch Son Little perform a batch of songs from his self-titled album.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Ennio Morricone meets William Onyeabor at Compass Point Studios in the Japanese house-music group's nostalgic, quasi-reggae electro jam.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Louisville songwriter's wonderfully reflective original is an antidote to the "War on Christmas."
Friday, December 18, 2015
Our two-hour mix featuring more than two dozen of the year's best dance tracks reflects an ever-shifting landscape that — through everything — stays true to the beat.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
The soul singer's new collection of holiday songs seems destined to become a revisited classic.
Friday, December 11, 2015
From an American techno traditionalist to an omnivorous Norwegian wanderer, from ambient Canadian soundscapes to the Lisbon club scene, our favorite electronic albums of 2015 cross many borders.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
New intimate Crayola-colored confession from Emily Sprague and her band of twee indie-pop merry men.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Hear a mix of the month's best electronic tunes, including new music from Robert Hood, Seven Davis Jr, Malory and more.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Long Lost Suitcase is not just Jones' story, but also the story of America's musical roots spreading to reach the whole planet, generation by generation.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Senegalese vocal master meets The Very Best producer and causes a mighty rhythmic ruckus.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Composed for The Grateful Dead's reunion shows last summer, "Kasey's Bones" jams on its own.
Monday, November 09, 2015
The grand cinematic return of Stuart Staples' band of chamber-goth romantics, includes a duet with the late Lhasa de Sela.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Your monthly cliff notes to the best electronic music features new tunes from Ducky, Toxe, Len Leise and more.
Friday, October 30, 2015
How a multimedia artist, a classical pianist and a Hollywood sound designer affected the veteran French techno producer's new EP.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
A melancholy track about living in the moment from fine purveyors of globally minded house music.