EF01 Mike Petillo

Mike Petillo is a musician, producer, audio engineer, and studio manager of Tonal Park mixing and mastering studio based in Takoma Park, Maryland. This indefatigable artist debuted the Extended Family mix series in 2015.

Extended Family launched in February of 2015 with a mix from Mike Petillo. As a musician, producer, audio engineer, and studio manager of Tonal Park studio, Petillo has been an integral member of D.C.’s underground dance scene over the last 10 years. Mike co-founded the Future Times label from 2008-2014, until launching U-Udios with Protect-U partner Aaron Leitko. Petillo is 1/2 of Protect-U alongside Aaron Leitko – they released their Free USA LP on the DC imprint Future Times in 2014. They work together on Geo-Rip with John Jones. The two have also collaborated on a release for 1432 R under the alias Ocobaya. Petillo has also collaborated with Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinness on their LP On The Ifness.

EF1 Frog In The Coffeepot by Mike Petillo

Ben Jenkins – F11ExD
Mark Shreeve – Thoughts of War
Unknown Artist – DNA Poem
Supa Wes & Junior Bapp – Lyrics Designer
Mix-O-Rap – For Thugz
Colourbox feat. Lorita Grahame – Baby I Love You So
Nikki – Feel The Music (Do That Dance) (Dub Mix)
Moon B – Neither Here Nor Where
Black Traxx – Dreamin’
Transllusion – Do You Want To Get Down?
Dario Zenker – Mörsin
Nick Jones – Move Your Feet
Unknown Artist – Holding Hands
Hiroshi Morohasi – Minimal Code
Kreem feat. Jennifer Kendall – Now Is The Time (Claude Youngs Low Key Mix)
Steve Murphy – Sun Flight
Ivvvo – Fear
Unknown Artist – I Feel Love

Extended Family’s Debut Mix

Petillo’s ‘Frog In The Coffee Pot’ mix is a clear example of his musical wisdom – it stretches and slinks between ethereal patches of hope and paranoid dread with graceful fluidity. Petillo manages to weave some esoteric tracks into an accessible program, proving his mastery as one of the finest selectors in the District.

Originally from Philly, Petillo’s productions are thoughtful through the lush blends of synth laden, driving rhythms that conjure feelings of dark dance floors and dreamy moon beams. As serious as he considers his musical process, Mike never seems to take himself too seriously. In DC, Mike Petillo has garnered a reputation for being an absolute professional and a kind and loyal friend. The dude is reliable. Whether you need help with laying down some recordings, mixing them down, mastering them through, or just want to hang – Petillo can be counted on to bring an enormous value to the table. His fingerprints can be found in a prolific slew of releases over ten years, whether they are his own projects or he is assisting others with their own dreams.

His confidence, while assured, doesn’t stop him from the constant carving of his process as he continues to seeks innovations and improvements. His humility has paid off. The vast annals of his musical knowledge guide his growing mastery as one of the most talented and underrated producers from the DMV. This is an artist who has music lined in almost all his movements. We have a lot to look forward to.


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