The sweet-voiced Emily King shares some wise words on her most recent single, “Distance.” Recognizing how easy it is to get wrapped up and lost in love, she sings “Oh love is always better when we take time to get back to who we are when we are apart.”
Hot off their mystifying SummerStage performance a couple months back, we are proud to yet again present Melbourne’s internationally acclaimed Hiatus Kaiyote for two very special shows!
The two nights will take place on November 5 in NYC and November 8 in DC. In NYC, we’ll have opening sets by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Emily King as well as the much loved DJ Rich Medina. In DC, the awesome DJ Thomas Blondet will be opening and setting the night off!
For those somehow still sleeping, the band fuses jazz, hip-hop, electronic, opera, rock and soul to concoct a truly disarming brand of future-soul like you’ve never heard. Hiatus Kaiyote released their debut album Tawk Tomahawk on July 30 via Sony Masterworks, and have received praise from highly-respected music industry staples like Questlove, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Gilles Peterson, Stereogum, and KCRW. Legions of loyal fans and stans already abound – and with good reason!
Hiatus Kaiyote Live in NYC
with Emily King and DJ Rich Medina
Tuesday, November 5
Tickets: $25 adv / $30 door
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
317 Clermont Ave.
Hiatus Kaiyote Live in DC
with DJ Thomas Blondet
Friday, November 8
Tickets: $20 (advance)
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
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.
Following up his Blue Note debut, No Beginning No End, the magical Jose James has just released a 5-song EP called Come To My Door. Highlighted on the album are remixes by Taylor McFerrin, FaltyDL, Oddisee, and Flako, as well the title track, penned by Emily King.
Also, gear up for Jose’s performance at this Sunday’s SummerStage show with the below behind the scenes video of him rehearsing for his No Beginning No End album release show!
Enter our contest to win the Come To My Door EP