Chris Orr became fascinated with music in the late ‘70s by tuning into the BBC on the radio in Ireland. By the early ‘80s he was regularly risking life and limb by crossing the border into strife-torn Northern Ireland to dig for records. He began DJing in the summer of 1986. In 1995 he headed to San Francisco. From the mid-‘90s to the late 2000s he wrote and edited for XLR8R, URB, Mixmag, Revolution, VICE and other electronic music publications. As well as working for magazines he has written liner notes and promotional sheets for projects as diverse as Guidance Recordings’ first compilation, Italian label DFC’s Confuzed Disco compilation and Sony Japan’s Appleseed soundtrack. His preferred style of playing is a fluid fusion of anything from ‘70s funk to classic, Euro disco to the newest tracks across a dizzying range of genres and tempos. He has played with with artists as diverse as Four Tet, David Holmes, Carl Craig, Z-Trip, DJ Harvey, Shortkut, Simian Mobile Disco, Peanut Butter Wolf, SBTRKT, Larry Heard and Juan Atkins
Proper began as a feeling, not as an idea. The feeling was something akin to empathy; an acute awareness that despite the current proliferation of “boutique” and “lifestyle” hotels and residences, there were precious few properties designed for and around today’s global creative nomad. Many in our milieu share the same daunting challenge: staying fresh and focused, energized and inspired—all whilst bouncing between London and Hollywood and Austin and San Francisco and Portland and back again. For them, intuitive service is a given. Mere table stakes. What they need and seek beyond accommodation, even at its most luxurious, is an inspiration. From the elevated and often surprising interiors imagined by Kelly Wearstler. From the sense of immersion in, and connection to, the vibrancy of the local culture. From the highly curated amenities. From the inspired collaborations with the city’s best and most innovative chefs and mixologists. From music and art. From every detail, every interaction, every moment. This is only Proper. And no one else.