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, October 07, 2015
Niall Mannion's heartfelt and abstract electronic-pop winner is a song made for people who are at home in a club, yet universal in the way they search for connection with others.
Monday, October 05, 2015
New music from Cooly G, one of London's leading funky scientists, Ge-Ology, a Brooklynite practicing Detroit house magic plus more dance tracks for early Fall.
Friday, October 02, 2015
On this week's +1 Podcast, we talk with producer, DJ and musician Mark Ronson about the allure of vintage sounds, and why he chose to build his career around making the old sound new again.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Experimental Chicago beat-maker Jamal Moss' astral jazz turn features an unlikely machines-and-horn duet with Daniel Carter that enriches the world around them.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Friel, who co-founded the experimental rock band Parts & Labor, continues down a solo path of electronic noise, rhythm and melody that also manifests as melancholy pop.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Raleigh's Jamil Rashad is a funk-boogie stylist who embraces 21st-century dance-floor hedonism, speeding from one classic musical climax to another.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Watch a full concert by the new eight-piece band, led by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Recorded live at Housing Works in SoHo, the set features songs from The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Seth Troxler and Tom Trago pay tribute to a legendary Amsterdam club with a spooky house hymn that's both appropriately jokey and deceptively serious.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Deep in the archives of San Francisco's genius Hi-NRG disco producer lies a demo that's a sci-fi funk masterpiece in its own right.
Friday, August 28, 2015
New music from Joy Orbison, one of the leading lights of the U.K. garage and house revivals, plus more dance tracks for the waning days of summer in our monthly mix.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The L.A. producer crafts an ecstatic blend of classic Afro-Cuban rhythm and modern American techno kick, inspired by his mom.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The enigmatic storyteller offers an insight into her newest masterpiece, a "ragtimey encomium" to the forces of history.
Friday, August 14, 2015
For this week's +1, members of NPR Music use the closure of mail-order music company Columbia House as an excuse for some '80s and '90s music nostalgia.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
L.A.'s dubwise psyche-pop champions Peaking Lights meet the New York global music omnivore Sinkane on a downtown dance-floor.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
London house sounds invoke melodies and textures from another era. Serious music for having fun.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Piotr Orlov shook off the holiday hangover and caught dance legends Derrick May and Francois Kevorkian.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Todd Edwards and his garage sound came out of Bloomfield, New Jersey in the 1990s, yet another part of (the greater) New York house music's golden age.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Though his story reads like a nice stroll through a few of late 20th century's most potent musical subcultures, the reason forty-something Brit Harvey Bassett (a.k.a. DJ Harvey) is honored with legend status by today's disco hipsters rests less on where he's been, than on what he's brought back.