Interview: Gilles Peterson Talks New Projects, Radio 6, & NYC Night @ LPR on 10/25

 

October 25 will mark another unforgettable NYC night with the return of Gilles Peterson to NYC! We checked in with the legendary wearer of many hats before the much anticipated gig. More details on the event after the jump. Dig into the interview below!

Giant Step: How’s the transition been going moving from BBC Radio 1 over to Radio 6? How’s the new experience?

Gilles Peterson: Apart from missing my Saturday afternoons watching my team (the mighty ArsenalFC) play its been a perfect transition for me. Still being on the BBC network and in particular on a network that ‘gets’ what I do is special. I really appreciate the freedom I’ve always had as a broadcaster, especially when you see what little else in radio there is about. being able to play music as diverse as Philip Cohran or Roland Kirk alongside Daphne and Angel Haze is a great place to be and I appreciate every minute!

GS: Looks like you’ve got a lot going on with the festival circuit. Any highlights to share?

GP: The festival in France that I’ve been hosting for the last seven years has definitely become my favourite time of the year. It takes place over a week every July in the town of Sete near Montpellier in the south of France and has become a magnet for a great multinational crowd of music fans. The Portico Quartet and Machinedrum were particular highs at this year’s event.

GS: We see that you recently released the Black Jazz Radio in Japan. Can you tell us more about the idea behind that project and when we can expect it in the US?

GP: To be asked to make a compilation album of the legendary black jazz catalogue was something I couldn’t turn down. I have all their releases from the Doug and Jean Carne stuff to the Calvin Keys and Rudolph Johnson albums. It’s a label a little like Impulse or Strata East – conscious Jazz music. In fact, you should check the book Freedom Rhythm and Sound I released 2 years ago with Stuart Baker from Soul Jazz to see how passionate I am about this music! Black Jazz Radio should be in stores now – in fact, it’s been out in Japan since before the summer – I was quite surprised to see it already in the record shops of Tokyo when I was there recently.

Rest of the interview and event details after the jump

Exclusive Release: ‘Sonic Boom Vol. 1′ (Compiled by Maiya Norton) + Download

 

Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton today kicks off a marvelous treat for our readers and listeners. A new music compilation series called Sonic Boom will bring together some of the tastiest new tunes around, including several tracks that will be Giant Step exclusives!

Sonic Boom Vol. 1 features some of our favorite noisemakers of late: Tall Black Guy, Szjerdene, Teresa Jenee, Tensei, and Hiatus Kaiyote are just some of the amazing artists that you’ll get to hear. Stream the entire thing and download for free below!

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Video Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra” (Acoustic) + Exclusive Interview

 

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Ever since Hiatus Kaitoye released their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk, we’ve been playing it nonstop. The soulful love song “Nakamarra” was an instant favorite, so it’s fitting that the Melbourne-based band decided to make it a single. They shot this video for the acoustic version while road tripping through the desert in Australia. We are excited to premiere the video here, and give you a few more reasons to keep Hiatus Kaitoye on your radar.

The below exclusive interview was conducted by Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton.

Giant Step: How many members are there in Hiatus Kaiyote and how did you come together to form a group?

Hiatus Kaiyote: Hiatus Kaiyote is comprised of Nai Palm on guitar and vocals, Simon Mavin on the keys, Perrin Moss is our drummer and Paul Bender is the bassist. We also have three backing vocalists named Jay Jay, Laura and Jace. Our formation was quite organic. Bender saw Nai play a small gig and knew immediately he had to work with her. Perrin met Nai independently and also wanted to work with her. Everyone ended up in a room one day and started jamming. Bender knew Simon quite well and asked him to be involved. They then worked transcribing Nai’s original songs and began writing together as a quartet.

GS: What was the inspiration behind your debut, Tawk Tomahawk?

HK: We were working and really vibing off of each other. Each member’s input and individual influences really shines through on the EP. We’d never heard our stuff recorded before, so it was a really inspiring process just finding out what we actually sounded like.

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Video: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra”

 

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“Nakamarra” is undoubtedly one of our favorite tracks off of Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote’s debut project, Tawk Tomahawk. The song speaks about building bonds with our chosen family, the kind that remain strong even after long periods of physical separation. The group traveled 5000 kilometers back to the original location in Alice Springs where lead singer Nai Palm was initially inspired to write the song. Hiatus Kaiyote details their journey:

“We walked through red and yellow deserts, swam in freezing waterholes, slept in abandoned mine shafts, wrote off our hire van after hitting a kangaroo, camped under thousands of stars, salvaged eagle feathers, saw emus, dingos, ate camel burgers, made music and bonded all while making our very first film clip.”

Here’s to love. Enjoy the colors.

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Video: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Building A Ladder” (Live)

 

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After having our mind sufficiently blown by Melbourne’s, Hiatus Kaiyote, we could not take these guys off of repeat.

Take a gander at a live performance of “Building A Ladder” at The Evelyn Hotel. Lead singer Nai Palm boasts her signature tickling pipes.

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