Exclusive Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote Talks US Debut + 3/22 NYC Show @ LPR

 

We caught up with Hiatus Kaiyote just before their NYC debut tomorrow at LPR. Get to know where they came from, where they’re going, and what they’d fit in their pockets from Australia to bring to us if they could. Details on the March 22 show on our event page.

Giant Step: We are too excited for your performance on the 22nd. How does it feel to be amidst your US debut?

Hiatus Kaiyote: The response we have had so far in the US has totally blown us away. To come all the way across the other side of the world and to receive so much love and support for what you do is mindblowing. Especially when we are so early in our journey as a band. So far, Austin, DC and Chicago have been very very good to us.

GS: You’ve got some heavy hitters swooning over you. What was it like when you found out you’d won Erykah and Questlove’s favor?

HK: It was pretty ridiculous. It totally goes without saying that we have absolute mountains of respect for both those artists. It’s an incredible honor to be supported by musicians who have such an impact on the way we play and what we create. It’s also daunting and overwhelming at times to process that kind of thing. I mean, we are very critical of what we do, which is an important part of developing artistically, but I know none of us feel like we are on that level. It’s been a fast two years since we’ve been together, and there is so far for us to go before we reach that height of artistry. But we’ll keep doing what we do and hope that others will join us on our sonic endeavors, even if we are raw as fuck occasionally.

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New Track: Ngaiire – “Dirty Hercules” ft. Nai Palm

 

Newcomer Ngaiire has released an impressive new track called “Dirty Hercules” featuring some addictive lilting vocals. Partnering up with Hiatus Kaiyote singer Nai Palm proved to be a great move with the two voices complementing each other seamlessly.

Look out for Ngaiire’s debut album, Lamentations, out this year.

NY: Giant Step Presents Hiatus Kaiyote At Slipper Room – 3/22

We could not be prouder to present Hiatus Kaiyote‘s New York debut show on March 22 at the Slipper Room. The night promises to feature the finest neo-soul, hip-hop, and electronic beats along with flavors of Latin, Jazz, and opera.

Led by enigmatic songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Nai Palm, Hiatus Kaiyote have been gaining popularity and support from renowned artists such as Questlove, Miguel, Erykah Badu. The Australian quartet was just picked as the Best Breakthrough Artist Of The Year at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.

If you don’t know about them already, get to know by streaming a track from their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk below.

Giant Step Presents Hiatus Kaiyote

Friday, March 22nd
Slipper Room
167 Orchard St – 10002 New York, NY

Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM

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Video: Gilles Peterson – Worldwide Awards 2013 Official Video

 

While Americans were immersed in Inauguration weekend, in London Gilles Peterson and some musical fam were grooving the eff out at his annual Worldwide Awards. The above recap video gives a look into the night’s performances and festivities and offers some words from Gilles himself.

Those featured include Marcos Valle, Neneh Cherry with RocketNumberNine, The Invisible, Nick Mulvey, Natalie Duncan, The Greg Foat Group, Hello Skinny, Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote, Mala in Cuba, Stubborn Heart, Andrew Ashong, Romare, Mr Raoul K, LeFtO, Alex Patchwork and Owiny Sigoma Band.

The year’s breakout artist was Hiatus Kaiyote, whom we also love quite dearly. Catch Nai Palm getting down at the awards show below.

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New Release: Hiatus Kaiyote – ‘Tawk Takeout’ Compilation + Download

 

One of our favorite new bands, Hiatus Kaiyote, is steady picking up steam and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to their gaining popularity and cosigns ranging from Questlove to Gilles Peterson and Mark de Clive-Lowe, some admiring colleagues pitched in their skills for a remix compilation to Tawk Tomahawk. The new project, Tawk Takeout, takes the already dissonant and welcomingly busy sound to a whole new level of textures and clashes that compel you further into the depths of the Hiatus’ uncanny sonic brilliance.

Tawk Takeout includes remixes by Anthony Valadez, Shafiq Husayn, and Mark de Clive-Lowe as well as a vocal appearance by Miles Bonny. Stream and download for free below.

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