Giant Step Vault: State of Independents – Giant Step from 2001

This was part of a British documentary on independent dance labels. It features an in depth interview with Giant Step CEO Maurice Bernstein, talking about how the company evolved from club promoters into a full service independent dance label. This was also the peak of indie labels, it makes us want to reignite Giant Step Records again. The piece also features rare footage of Giant Step club at Shine in 2001.

Giant Step Vault: Giant Step Vintage – 10th Anniversary, 2000

In 2001 we celebrated our 10th anniversary in style! Central Park Summerstage was the location and the line up was historic. Femi Kuti in full flight, a rare US appearance from Lamb, plus performances from Mark Anthony Jones and Tamango. DJs that day were Gilles Peterson and Ron Trent.

Giant Step Vault: Giant Step at the Supper Club, NYC – MTV Piece from 1994

We had to dig very deep to find this one. It is from a documentary on MTV called “24 hours in music.” Giant Step was chosen as the late night club. It captures Giant Step at the height of it’s period at Supper Club in NY and it features a rare footage of a Repercussions performance, DJ Smash and an interview with Giant Step CEO Maurice Bernstein.

Giant Step Vault: Basement Jaxx Live at SummerStage – Miles Ahead Series from 2001

Here is a blast from the past. In the summer of 2001 we brought Basement Jaxx to Central Park Summerstage as part of our Miles Ahead music series. They put on a serious show that day with Brazilian carnival dancers and the park was rocking! A few weeks after the show NY was attacked and the World Trade Center destroyed. For us, this event captures that pre-9/11 innocence of the city.

Giant Step Vault: Nuyorican Soul Record Release Party at Supper Club, NYC 1997

More from the vault! Now this really is a rare gem and we’re not sure if it’s ever been seen before. This is the footage from the famous launch party at Supper Club NY for the release of Nuyorican Soul’s album. It features behind the scenes interviews plus footage of the jam session with George Benson, Tito Puente, Vince Montana and Roy Ayers. This was one of our favorite parties of all time! We even found the old flyer.