Throwback Thursday: The Roots at Irving Plaza – Jan 23, 1994

 

As many of our readers know, Giant Step has a pretty epic history when it comes to breaking acts and producing landmark events in the New York music scene. Today, we’re proud to announce the launch of our Throwback Thursday series! Join us as we dig into our archive of flyers to give you the lowdown on the get down from back in the day.

Giant Step President and Co-Founder Maurice Bernstein shares the background on this early show with The Roots circa 1994.

This was part of a series we did for Dewar’s called Straight No Chaser – that was our first branded foray, series wise. At the time we were doing our club at the Supperclub, which was a great venue. And Dewar’s wanted to tap into the stuff that Giant Step was doing at the time.

We’d already worked with The Roots a few times at this point – this was not our first show with The Roots; we did their New York debut and ultimately, their first 10 to 15 shows in New York. And this was one of the biggest. We had the Groove Collective opening up – Groove Collective were the band that grew out of the Giant Step club, and at the time we were also managing the band. It was a great night, an iconic show. Beautiful venue. Definitely a night to remember.

Read more and watch another early Roots performance after the jump

A Few Questions with FaltyDL + NYC DJ Set @ Le Bain – June 24

 

Leading up to his Monday night DJ set at Le Bain in NYC, FaltyDL answered a few questions for us. Get details on the party below!

Giant Step: Miles Davis is cited as a life-changing influence of yours. Can you share some about the impact of Miles Davis on your life?

FaltyDL: Everything I’ve learned about improvisation, I’ve learned from Miles. [Improvisation] is rare in electronic music – it’s all so grid in a way. But I just love his music.

GS: What led you to becoming a sushi chef?  

FDL: Needed money and washing dishes was so shit.

GS: How did the transition into music full time happen?

FDL: Slowly but surely with enough releases and gigs under my belt. Carved my own niche, I guess.

GS: Your most proud remix moment?

FDL: Different ones were different milestones. Zed Bias, Sean Kuti – been honored to do them all.

GS: What projects are you currently working on?

FDL: Just making more tunes!

GS: A musical act you love that others would never expect you to?

FDL: Guns N Roses

GS: Explain to us how you wreck a party when you DJ; folks need to be prepared.

FDL: I build it up nicely, then right when it should climax, I drop some jazz and everyone looks disappointed and the crowd goes away. That’s how I usually wreck a party.

Event Details
FaltyDL DJ Set at Le Bain
w/ DJ DRM

Monday, June 24
Doors 8pm

Free with RSVP

Le Bain at The Standard
444 W. 13th St.
New York NY, 10014

Video: FaltyDL RBMA Lecture + DJ Set @ Le Bain, NYC – June 24

 

Electronic producer/DJ and former sushi chef FaltyDL joins RBMA for an insightful hour long lecture. In addition to playing and discussing his own tunes, Falty speaks on productivity, developing a thicker skin for feedback, music discovery, and the creative process.

Catch the talented DJ next week at Le Bain! Details below.

Event Details
FaltyDL DJ Set at Le Bain
w/ DJ DRM

Monday, June 24
Doors 8pm

Free with RSVP

Le Bain at The Standard
444 W. 13th St.
New York NY, 10014

Q-Tip Talks Beats, Rhymes, and Life with RBMA + ‘Offline’ Tonight in NYC

 

Red Bull Music Academy has dropped a video of an in-depth Q-Tip lecture from their recent NYC stint. In the 2-hour discussion, the hip hop legend lends some commentary on his process and lets us in on some very interesting stories with his peers. Dropping knowledge!

Tonight, NYC can party with the man himself at the return of our Offline party at Stage 48. Details below!

Event Details
Q-Tip Presents Offline
A Weekly Party Powered By Giant Step

Thursday, June 6th
10PM

Tickets: $20
Purchase tickets

Stage 48
605 W. 48th St.
New York, NY