Video: Robert Glasper Interviews Jose James, Pt. I

 

Complete with original theme music, Robert Glasper hosts an interview with dreamy singer man Jose James. The charming and lovably goofy musician creates quite the entertaining atmosphere as he speaks with Jose on his Blue Note signing, his upcoming album title (No Beginning, No End), and some views on approaching jazz.

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Video: Yuna – ‘In Focus with The Stylish’

 

The charming Yuna sits down with The Stylish for a fashion profile where she discusses what inspires her style and what style personally means to her. The young artist surprisingly has no stylist and finds many of her fashion ideas on blogs. Watch the interview to also find out more about Yuna’s online shop!

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Video: Andy Allo – “People Pleaser” (Teaser)

 

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Having played guitar and acted as backup-singer in Prince’s band, Andy Allo is definitely already on the right track. Earlier this year, Prince charged up his efforts to introduce Andy to the world as a solo artist as she sets up to release her sophomore album, Superconductor. You may also already recognize Andy from the track she did with Blu called “Dreamland.”. While her voice in “Dreamland” is smoother and sweeter, Andy’s new solo style serves up a raspy down home soul from the gut.

Above, find a teaser from her upcoming super funky video for “People Pleaser” above. And below, catch Andy doing a live cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” Absolutely adorable she is.

Learn more about the rising star in this great interview by our friends at The Revivalist.

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Interview: Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X – ‘The Road to Zulu Guru’

 

by Andrea K. Castillo

Jesse Boykins III and MeLo-X are two musicians that walk the road less traveled by. Blending musical and sartorial influence from the many lands they travel to with their gift of music, Giant Step contributor Andrea Castillo caught up with the two a couple weeks before their first collaborative release, Zulu Guru, hit. Amongst our topics were the creative process of making the album, and how the guys would like their music to be received by the people. Zulu Guru is out today (stream on AOL).

Together you guys have embarked on a musical journey, and are releasing your first album together called Zulu Guru. Tell me about the road up until this point; I’m familiar with both of your musical stylings, and I want to know why you decided to do this together. What was the first conversation you had and said, “Oh, let’s do this thang!”

Jesse: We’re both Jamaican.

[Everyone laughs]

MeLo: First conversation, being Jamaican.

So was that your connection?

M: Yea, that was like the only reason why we did the album.

J: I don’t really know him besides that…

M: You know it’s funny, but we’ve always been talking about doing an album together, and I believe the first album we spoke about doing together was gonna be a reggae album.

J: Nah seriously, we said that.

M: We said, “Let’s do a reggae album”, so that’s how it kinda started. We need to do something together, and then we started bouncing ideas…

J: This album is reggae influenced

M: Most definitely, West Indian influenced.

J: …this is our reggae album. This is as reggae as we can get without getting weird.

Would you say this has been years in the making?

M: Yea, I’d definitely say that. Conceptually, yes, but actually working on it, not that long.

J: We took like nine months to do the project. We started around this time last year, so I guess a year. But the creative process of us doing the songs is pretty cool because I would like, call Melo with a concept and I would have a debate, and he doesn’t like it. I would call him back again, and we would get up together, and we’ll be vibing, and we write this crazy verse, then we record it. That’s pretty much what the process was with every song, nothing was forced. Everything was pretty organic. …it was a real[exchange].

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New Mix: Gilles Peterson – Time Out NY Mix + East Village Radio Interview on Oct 23

 

The week is finally here! Gilles Peterson is blessing NYC with another special appearance this Thursday, and before he does, he’s setting us up with plenty of treats per usual. Today, Time Out NY released an upbeat. groovy mix by Gilles, which can be streamed in its entirety below.

Also, tomorrow, October 23, catch Gilles for an interview on East Village Radio. Tune in at 4PM!

And while you’re at it, cozy up to our interview with Gilles in case you missed it!

Get the lowdown on this Thursday’s party with Gilles and get your affairs sorted to make sure you’re present – you’re going to need to be there – seriously.

Event Details
Gilles Peterson Live
Thursday, October 25
11PM

Tickets: $20
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Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

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