This article was published on July 2nd, 2018
Summer time is all about the warm weather, being outdoors, taking in some sunshine, and summertime bops! Who doesn’t love a good tune you can dance to under the stars during the summer? PIOTR, a vocal star on the rise, is a Polish-Canadian singer/songwriter making waves in the music industry. Now, with his new EP out, PIOTR is establishing himself as a formidable, openly-queer pop star.
Born Piotr Jaskiewicz in Poland, PIOTR and his parents later immigrated to Toronto. At 5 years old, he was given a keyboard and began to learn to play, and began performing by 16. He later attended the prestigious Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto before moving to Vancouver in 2012.
Now, with his self-produced new seven track EP, PIOTR is ready to make waves as an up and coming performer and star. As a sober, single gay man, PIOTR sings about love, heartbreak, the death of friends, relationships, and happiness. A mix of pop, soul, RnB, jazz, and electronic, PIOTR’s EP is meant to make the audience dance…and feel. While likening himself to the similar sounds of Sam Smith, Jamiroquai, Michael Bublé, and Adam Levine, PIOTR has a unique sound and special, specific message as a queer singer/songwriter.
“I want listeners to feel and move. These seven songs accomplish that, I think. Like my life, it’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.”
The opening track, “Hurricane”, the leading track, is about wanting to heal and help the person that you are in a relationship with that has been wounded in the past. “Music Made” is a jam that will make you want to dance as it is about expressing yourself on the dancefloor. PIOTR’s most personal track, “Get Through To You” is dedicated to a friend he lost in 2017 to a drug overdose and is about being in a relationship with an addict.
Also, a very personal ballad track about his absentee father, “The Man That Never Was” reflects on PIOTR’s journey of attempting to meet his father for the first time (who eventually backed out of the meeting). “Everytime” is a ditty about wanting something you cannot have, in this case: being in love with someone emotionally or physically unavailable.
What he describes as his “slut anthem”, the next track, “Wind My Body Up” is a bop about someone in your life wanting more than what you are willing to give. The final track on the EP, “Intention” chronicles what it feels like to be toyed with in a relationship, with lyrics like “Check your intention before you lose my affection.”
PIOTR’s self-titled EP is out and available now. To support a local LGBT artist on the rise and gain some new sickening summertime bangers, check out PIOTR the EP now!