Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote Check In Before SummerStage

 

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Before they rip it at our upcoming SummerStage showcase on this Sunday, August 11, the guys of Hiatus Kaiyote check in with us on their latest.

Giant Step: Hiatus Kaiyote’s fanbase has grown incredibly in a very short time. How does the rush of success feel?

Pez: It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes. The more I think about that stuff, I get goosebumps. It’s definitely overwhelming.

GS: What’s been your most humbling/unreal moment to date?

Bender: Being backstage at the Dour Festival in Belgium with Robert Glasper Experiment, Guilty Simpson and Flying Lotus, while I’m simultaneously hanging out with my parents and trying to be cool.

GS: We’re proud to have supported Hiatus from early on, along with countless other acts we’ve had the honor of introducing to larger audiences; How does it feel to be invited to perform at SummerStage ?

Bender: It’s an honor to be on the same bill as Jose James and Shuggie Otis and awesome to be playing in Central Park. To be included amongst all the amazing artists who have played Summerstage over the years is mind boggling.

GS: When people hear your music for the first time, it’s immediately unlike anything they’ve ever heard; what are your plans for future recordings? Are we going to get a divergence in sound or are you going to dig deeper into the sound you’ve already built?

Simon: It’s important for us to keep exploring new sounds and new ideas. Keep it moving and not keep it stuck in one form of expression.

The fact we’ve just built a new recording studio is exciting because we can extend on our sounds and ideas more so than the possibility we had at our last studio. Playing this much live and touring I think will change the way we’ll approach recording; there will definitely be a lot of live material included on the next record.

GS: A Hiatus show is definitely one of energy; what would you say has been the most profound reaction you’ve received from the crowd while performing?

Pez: XOYO in London, but it’s up there with a couple of other ones. They pretty much sang the words to every song (including songs only on YouTube), singing along to even guitar riffs. They were showing they were true fans.

Simon: I was almost on my knees holding my ears because of the screaming.

GS: Along with the new Sony reissue, are there any plans for new music or projects soon? Anything you can share?

Pez: We want something to come out as soon as possible

Simon: When we finish this tour, we’re going straight into the studio; looking at new release in 2014.

Rest In Peace, George Duke

 

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Legendary keyboardist George Duke has passed at the age of 67. Left behind are over 30 solo albums and credit for creating bridges between Brazilian music, funk, R&B, and jazz. His work crossed several decades and included collaborations with Miles Davis, Anita Baker, Frank Zappa, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and George Clinton – some of the very best

His work carried over the generations and has been sampled by Daft Punk, Common, Kanye West, MF Doom, Madlib, Pete Rock, Ice Cube, and A Tribe Called Quest.

In July of this year, Duke released a new album called DreamWeaver in memory of his wife who passed just over a year ago.

Duke and his ongoing contributions to music will be sorely missed.

Below, watch Duke perform one of our favorite tracks, “Dukey Stick,” with Sheila E in studio. After the jump, find rare footage of a full live show at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Billy Cobham.

Montreux Jazz Festival performance after the jump

New Release: Derrick Hodge – ‘Live Today’

 

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The venerable Derrick Hodge today releases his debut Live Today album. Through the lens of a composer, Hodge blends together his experiences playing for artists in an array of genres (jazz, R&B, hip-hop, gospel, and classical). A labor of love, he had a hand in each track, whether co-writing or writing himself.

The album also shows the massively amazing company he keeps, with appearances from Common, Robert Glasper, Casey Benjamin, Chris Dave, James Poyser, Marcus Strickland, and Keyon Harrold, amongst others. Watch the album trailer below to learn more and hear firsthand from Derrick what the project is all about for him.

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