We caught up with Hiatus Kaiyote just before their NYC debut tomorrow at LPR. Get to know where they came from, where they're going, and what they'd fit in their pockets from Australia to bring to us if they could. Details on the March 22 show on our event page.
Giant Step: We are too excited for your performance on the 22nd. How does it feel to be amidst your US debut?
Hiatus Kaiyote: The response we have had so far in the US has totally blown us away. To come all the way across the other side of the world and to receive so much love and support for what you do is mindblowing. Especially when we are so early in our journey as a band. So far, Austin, DC and Chicago have been very very good to us.
GS: You've got some heavy hitters swooning over you. What was it like when you found out you'd won Erykah and Questlove's favor?
HK: It was pretty ridiculous. It totally goes without saying that we have absolute mountains of respect for both those artists. It's an incredible honor to be supported by musicians who have such an impact on the way we play and what we create. It's also daunting and overwhelming at times to process that kind of thing. I mean, we are very critical of what we do, which is an important part of developing artistically, but I know none of us feel like we are on that level. It's been a fast two years since we've been together, and there is so far for us to go before we reach that height of artistry. But we'll keep doing what we do and hope that others will join us on our sonic endeavors, even if we are raw as fuck occasionally.
Here's something to set a mood. Singer/songwriter Alela Diane has released a gorgeous new song titled "The Way We Fall." Loving her voice and the atmospherics of the production.
Formerly known as Il Abananico, Brooklyn group Salt Cathedral have released a new dark pop tune called "Dirty Me." Definitely drawing out some feelings here.
The Los Angeles duo, Classixx, are ready to release their much anticipated debut album, Hanging Gardens, on May 14th. In anticipation of the new album they released the fantastic single, "Holding On," which includes the b-side "Borderline" featuring Kisses front man Jesse Kivel. Bring on the warm weather and cocktails!