Interview: Jose James Checks In Before SummerStage on August 11

 

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Before hitting SummerStage this Sunday, August 11, Jose James catches up with us about his relationship to Giant Step, his growth as an artist, and what’s up next.

Giant Step: How would you say Giant Step most influenced your music and/or career?

Jose James: Wow. It’s been so great, thank you guys. The first show was at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC opening for the amazing Alice Russell. Then we started the Brownswood Sessions at Nublu with DJ Moni and Taylor McFerrin. Beautiful times! Giant Step really paved the way for what I do, connecting hip-hop, soul, jazz and DJ culture. The London connection, Gilles Peterson, all that. It’s a global movement to present quality music.

GS: We’ve been with you from the start and it’s been a pleasure to see you progress; how would you say No Beginning No End Jose has evolved from The Dreamer Jose?

JJ: Well, I’m more well traveled. That influences you tremendously. When I made The Dreamer I was still in school and had only been to a couple places outside the US – now I’ve toured in 40 countries and counting. I’m actually in Mexico right now. You meet people and see how your music is loved worldwide and that’s a powerful thing. Now I have worldwide family and a great relationship with my fans. It’s beautiful. Musically I’m more comfortable expressing all the worlds I love – soul, R&B, jazz, rock, blues, gospel, hip-hop – and you can hear that on the new album, and in the collaborations – Robert Glasper, Pino Palladino, Emily King, Hindi Zahra.

GS: And where do you see yourself going next? Any challenges/goals you’re keen on tackling?

JJ: I’d like to reconnect with electronic music. I just dropped an EP on Blue Note with remixes by FaltyDL, Oddisee, fLako, and Taylor McFerrin. I lived in London for a year and went to Plastic People, Fabric, Cargo and met great DJs and producers like Benji B, Benga and Skream, Floating Points. So I miss that and want to do more in that world. I’m working on a new album now for next year called Desire.

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Photos: Giant Step Presents Janelle Monáe at Highline

Photos by Jaecyne Howell (MoonRisingNYC.com).

Janelle Monáe truly gave us an epic show on Tuesday night, supported by DJ Moni. Those of you who stood patiently in line got into the venue with plenty of time to get your groove on and revel in Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid Spectacular Emotion Picture experience. If you didn’t make it, maybe you can catch Janelle on tour with Erykah Badu. It’s a show not to be missed. But no matter who you are, cop the new album as soon as possible.

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Janelle Monáe Releases The ArchAndroid & Giant Step Presents A Special Performance at Highline Ballroom

The long-anticipated album from Janelle Monáe will be released tomorrow: The ArchAndroid. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it yet, check out the video for “Tightrope” here.

These photos were taken at last week’s SVEDKA Miami release party for The ArchAndroid, hosted by Janelle Monáe. And tomorrow night, to celebrate her new release, Ms. Monáe will give a very special performance at Highline Ballroom (NYC) with DJ Moni. It will be a magical evening in Metropolis, so we hope you can make it. If you didn’t RSVP in time, try your luck in the contest for free tickets — quick.

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Giant Step presents SVEDKA Vodka Sessions #7: Amanda Blank, Daniel Merriweather (Acoustic) and Ebony Bones, with DJ Moni

With Fashion Week upon us, now is the time for all things fabulous in New York.  Motivated by this spirit we are inviting you to a very exclusive finale to our SVEDKA Vodka Sessions series on Wednesday, February 10, at  Good Units at Hudson, with Amanda Blank, Daniel Merriweather (acoustic), Ebony Bones and DJ Moni. This is an invitation only event so RSVP is a must!

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