Hiatus Kaiyote w/ Thomas Blondet
Friday, November 8
U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
Giant Step & Rhythm & Culture Music are proud to welcome Melbourne’s internationally acclaimed “future soul” band Hiatus Kaiyote back to DC for an exclusive show at the U Street Music Hall. Opening the night we have DJ and producer Thomas Blondet.
In little under two years, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote has gained legions of fans from all over the world including highly-respected artists like Questlove, Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu, plus tastemakers and audiophiles like London-based DJ Gilles Peterson, Stereogum and KCRW. The band attracts such a diverse following because the music doesn’t fit within the boundaries of a single genre. Each track is like a key ingredient in the listening experience that adds to a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, electronic, opera, rock and soul.
The band’s debut album, Tawk Tomahawk, was released on July 30th via Sony Masterworks' new imprint Flying Buddha. It includes the track “Nakamarra” featuring hip-hop icon Q-Tip. “Music has always been medication to us,” lead singer Nai Palm explains. “It’s a force for self-healing that we’re ready to share with the world.” Through a musical symbiosis, the band has created its own lane and Tawk Tomahawk showcases the breadth of their talent and love for music lyric by lyric, beat by beat.
Thomas is known for his skill as both a producer and a DJ based in Washington, DC. His tracks reflect the ease with which he moves from genre to genre when he mixes sounds in his studio and his remixes successfully take on the challenge of incorporating international melodies with steady beats that his followers can dance to. Starting his career as a DJ in the 1990s dance music scene in Washington, DC, Thomas has infused just about every type of beat-oriented genre such as deep house, speed garage, drum’n’bass, hip-hop, reggae, and dub with Arab, Latin, Indian, Balkan, Kurdish and Caribbean influences.
“Okay. I’m done. In love“- Erykah Badu
“Oh. my. gawd. this. is. DOOOOOOOOOOOPE. this coming from a cat who drowns in music everyday…. once in a blue moon something moves me so much I’m willing to alienate friends when an UNDENIABLE project comes along. THIS is that project.” Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – The Roots