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:
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
As Atlanta experiences a house-music renaissance, Abra's openhearted love song sounds like the next great step in soulful minimalism.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Hear a rare DJ mix from the producer who helped define the psychedelic space-disco sound.
Saturday, July 09, 2016
Brexit or no Brexit, international exchange is the club's natural state. Hear a mix of new tracks featuring multicultural collaborations among EU-based artists.
Friday, June 24, 2016
The don of revered electronic music label Apron Records is about to release his first album under his given name. He brings the future boogie on NPR Music's latest Recommended Dose guest dance mix.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Barrott's Balearic music, rooted in the sounds of his adopted home on Ibiza, exudes no fuss even as it distills an entire planet of sound into a local spirit.
Friday, June 17, 2016
This instant house classic unites dance-music giants from Chicago (Felix da Housecat and Jamie Principle) and Detroit (Moodymann), and comes after a week of grief in the gay community.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
An instant classic from an anonymous source headlines this month's survey of the underground.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
A instant community anthem upon its release 10 years ago, the driving tech-house track is reworked by the brotherly Detroit duo that inspired Claude VonStroke.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This month's mix features disco-house, '80s throwbacks, some acidic Afrobeat, a mix of mbira and 808s, and a great soulful cover of Prince.
Friday, April 15, 2016
"It went from my mother saying 'turn it down' to my kids saying 'turn it down,'" says Janette Pitruzzello, a 47-year-old mother of two who doubles as one of Melbourne's top DJs.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The easiest way to understand the music of Jamie xx, a producer and DJ whose dance-inspired beats are tempered with reserved atmospherics, is to accompany him on a crate-digging excursion.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
One of Los Angeles' beloved denizens of the soul/jazz/hip-hop underground invites the likes of Madlib and Kamasi Washington to join him in creating a moving ode to spirituality.
Friday, April 01, 2016
The best of March includes would-be hits from Norway, Israel, England, Canada and the South of France.
Monday, March 28, 2016
On Sunday, James Murphy's reformed dance-rock troupe performed its first concert in five years at New York City's Webster Hall.
Friday, March 25, 2016
On the closing track from his new album, The Follower, shoegaze techno producer Axel Willner deviates from the romantic trance norm and lets his subconscious gaze wander.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Miami's soul music legend asks us to stop and see what's goin' down in this "Dizzy Dizzy World."
Saturday, March 19, 2016
In the mood to reminisce, the music legend announced he was writing his memoir, to be published in 2017, at an event that also included a career-spanning performance.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Produced by Spaceman 3's Sonic Boom, and featuring a cast of Memphis' finest players, indie experimentalists return with a melodic psychedelic-pop waltz.
Friday, March 11, 2016
The globetrotting world-beat DJ and producer shares a mix of his favorite current tunes, from new Brazilian baile funk to the latest sounds by a Congolese supergroup.
Monday, March 07, 2016
I don't know if you'd agree, but we at Rx Dose have been noticing that the world seems like an increasingly bizarre place, full of instability and chaos but bearing also an endless supply of leftfield wonders. Has this always been the case, and we simply have more access to ...