Interview: Ali Shaheed Muhammad Presents ‘That’s My Ish’ @ The Dumbo Loft, NYC – July 13

 

Ali Shaheed Muhammad took a minute to talk his new That’s My iSh jam jumping off this Friday as well as new projects and travels! Lots of awesomeness in store. Get more information about the party after the jump.

Giant Step: We are super excited to hear you at That’s My iSh this Friday!  What can we expect to hear?  What’s the vibe going to be like at the party?

Ali Shaheed Muhammad: I’m excited too. For too long, Manhattan has been the go to place for nightlife. I’m looking to shake things up with my That’s My iSh party and turn the focus towards Brooklyn. Expect to hear anything between Elton John and Lil John. We touching all genres, but with an emphasis on the good good, not radio good.

GS: What personal projects are you working on these days?  When will the world get to hear them? 

Ali Shaheed: My main personal projects right now are my second solo LP and my Artist, Ja Poet. I’m not done with the album, but I’m looking to release singles by the end of August. Ja Poet’s mixtape is one song from finished. We’re gonna release his mixtape in a month and then start recording his album.

GS: How about your production work?  Who have you been working with and how is that all coming along? 

Ali Shaheed: Doc Martin and I produced two songs for John Legend’s upcoming album. One of the songs is the title track. We had a good time putting that together. John, what can I say, he is an amazing singer and a wizard in the studio. I have great respect for his approach. I only wish more artist were as focused. Doc & I also worked on Alice Smith’s album. She’s flawless! I hate/love the way that she makes singing look so effortless (kids don’t try that at home unless you rehearse all day). In additions to Alice, we worked with The Weeknd. He’s a phenomenal singer, his voice and persona is it’s own atmosphere. He has made a huge impact already, and he’s just getting started. I’m looking forward to his next release. I  also co-produced a song for a new artist signed to Boardwalk; her name is ZZ Ward. ZZ has a great voice and is an incredible singer/songwriter and performer. Her music is deeply rooted in blues. I had fun working with her and her team. I look forward to seeing her artistry come to life. 

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Read the rest of the interview & get details on the party after the jump

Now Accepting June Next Step Entries!

 

Summer is here – already?! Yep. We know folks have been working hard and are ready drop those gems for the sunshine months. So, share the love with us via our Next Step contest so we can pass it on! Calling all June entries!

So many awesome artists have been showcased through this series. Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, Tall Black Guy Productions in September, Cole Williams for October, Tensei for November, Awalé for December 2011, Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January 2012, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, and Dezaray Dawn for April!

Stay tuned for the announcement on our May Next Step winner soon soon soon!

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Saturday, June 30. That said, we are now open for June 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

New Release: Ravi Coltrane – ‘Spirit Fiction’

 

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane today releases his newest project, Spirit Fiction, produced by the luminous Joe Lovano. Expect to hear music that is rich, layered, and expressive. Ravi brings versatility and a fresh flavor to each track by utilizing two different bands throughout the album. In the end you have some great summertime jazz – nothing like it.

Head over to NPR for a full stream of the album!

Ravi’s tour is also now in full swing – be sure to take a look below for dates in your city.

Enter our contest to win Spirit Fiction.

Tour Dates
May 29-June 2 — Birdland — New York, NY
June 22-23 — Bohemian Caverns — Washington, DC
June 29 — Fort of Wolfisheim — Wolfiseim, France
June 30 — Festival Jazz de La Defense — Paris, France *
July 2 — Jazz a Vienne — Vienne, France *
July 4 — Centro Cultural de Belem — Lisbon, Portugal *
July 6 — North Sea Jazz Festival — Rotterdam, Holland *
July 7 — Comblain Jazz Festival — Comblain-la-Tour, Belguim *
July 21 — Black Sea Jazz Festival — Batumi/Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
July 25-26 — New Mexico Jazz Festival — Albuquerque, NM
July 27-28 — Dazzle — Denver, CO
July 31-August 1 — Jazz Alley — Seattle, WA
August 2-5 — Catalina Jazz Club — Los Angeles, CA
August 6-7 — Yoshi’s — Oakland CA
August 11 — Richmond Jazz Festival — Richmond, VA
September 27-30 — Jazz Showcase — Chicago, IL
October 2-7 — Village Vanguard — New York, NY

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New Release: Oddisee – ‘People Hear What They See’

 

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Our friend and one of the hardest working men in hip-hop today released his People Hear What They See album. Drawing inspiration from sitting and observing outside environments, Oddisee endeavored to break the stereotypical emcee mold and write about things outside of his own personal reality.

You can’t help but respect Oddisee’s thoughtfulness and focus on creativity. And beyond subject matter, this album sees a refreshing evolution in the producer/emcee’s sound, guiding the listener across brilliant tapestry of melodic hip-hop.

Above, the smooth toned Olivier Daysoul sits down with Oddisee for a soulful acoustic of “You Know Who You Are,” a bonus track on the album.

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