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.
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.
Europeans, and especially Londoners, fell hard for him -- really hard. Later that decade, Edward's signature beat became the cornerstone for a scene called "UK Garage" and mutated into a music dubbed "Two-Step" (still massively influential in England, most recently under names "funky" and "dubstep"). Yet these movements were only part of his story: Edwards also popularized a technique to cut up vocals and melodies that was taken up by many kinds of electronic music producers and adapted by musicians under the "micro-house" banner. His nickname in certain circles became "Todd, the God." Daft Punk called him one of the "Teachers" and collaborated with him on their 2001 album, Discovery.
So, imagine the elation of the Treehouse DJs – Treeboy and myself, Raspberry Jones – when Edwards agreed to play at our monthly free party in Brooklyn (at Littlefield). He opened (and closed) his set with a specially-made track called "Welcome to the Treehouse"; and then debuted his own special "Todd-ified" remix of tracks like Kraftwerk's "Numbers," amidst a set of all-Todd Edwards classic and unreleased bangers. A great night -- enjoy!