Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote Check In Before SummerStage

 

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Before they rip it at our upcoming SummerStage showcase on this Sunday, August 11, the guys of Hiatus Kaiyote check in with us on their latest.

Giant Step: Hiatus Kaiyote’s fanbase has grown incredibly in a very short time. How does the rush of success feel?

Pez: It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes. The more I think about that stuff, I get goosebumps. It’s definitely overwhelming.

GS: What’s been your most humbling/unreal moment to date?

Bender: Being backstage at the Dour Festival in Belgium with Robert Glasper Experiment, Guilty Simpson and Flying Lotus, while I’m simultaneously hanging out with my parents and trying to be cool.

GS: We’re proud to have supported Hiatus from early on, along with countless other acts we’ve had the honor of introducing to larger audiences; How does it feel to be invited to perform at SummerStage ?

Bender: It’s an honor to be on the same bill as Jose James and Shuggie Otis and awesome to be playing in Central Park. To be included amongst all the amazing artists who have played Summerstage over the years is mind boggling.

GS: When people hear your music for the first time, it’s immediately unlike anything they’ve ever heard; what are your plans for future recordings? Are we going to get a divergence in sound or are you going to dig deeper into the sound you’ve already built?

Simon: It’s important for us to keep exploring new sounds and new ideas. Keep it moving and not keep it stuck in one form of expression.

The fact we’ve just built a new recording studio is exciting because we can extend on our sounds and ideas more so than the possibility we had at our last studio. Playing this much live and touring I think will change the way we’ll approach recording; there will definitely be a lot of live material included on the next record.

GS: A Hiatus show is definitely one of energy; what would you say has been the most profound reaction you’ve received from the crowd while performing?

Pez: XOYO in London, but it’s up there with a couple of other ones. They pretty much sang the words to every song (including songs only on YouTube), singing along to even guitar riffs. They were showing they were true fans.

Simon: I was almost on my knees holding my ears because of the screaming.

GS: Along with the new Sony reissue, are there any plans for new music or projects soon? Anything you can share?

Pez: We want something to come out as soon as possible

Simon: When we finish this tour, we’re going straight into the studio; looking at new release in 2014.

NYC: Shuggie Otis, Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote, & DJ OP! @ SummerStage – Aug 11

 

Featuring the mighty Shuggie Otis, the mesmerizing Jose James, and the stage-wrecking Hiatus Kaiyote, our SummerStage presentation this year is a true testament to the breadth of Giant Step’s heritage. And if that weren’t enough, DJ OP!, one of our favorites, will be setting the tone in the very best way to help set things off.

Be sure to join us on August 11 for a day of family fun in NYC!

Event Details
SummerStage w/ Shuggie Otis, Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote, & DJ OP!
Sunday, August 11

Doors 3PM

Free admission
All ages

Central Park SummerStage
72nd Street Entrance, Mid-Park
New York, NY 10023

Photo: Jose James ‘No Beginning No End’ Release Show @ Highline Ballroom, NYC

 

Today we’ve got some more photos from the Jose James album release show for No Beginning No End last week. Along with a bunch of new live photos, we’ve also got some exclusive backstage shots thanks to photographer Janette Beckman.

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Jose James Gives an Endlessly Brilliant Performance at Highline Ballroom

 

Last night, Jose James packed a full shoulder to shoulder crowd at the Highline Ballroom in NYC for his No Beginning No End album release show. An eager and attentive crowd would go from standing still in awe to happily grooving, switching in intervals throughout the performance – Jose surely knows how to captivate.

The first half of the show was naturally focused on the new album and material, with Jose gliding across stage and outpouring the euphoria of the moment he felt through that gorgeous voice of his. Then, with a tender and somber Amp Fiddler cover that many assumed would be the final encore, Jose transitioned in a whole second half of the show.

“Park Bench People” was his segue into his older catalog, a song he performed with a proud nostalgic fervor and familiarity as the crowd lit up in cheers with similar sentiments. Jose also sprinkled much of his performance with charming human turntable interludes, “scratching” and “mixing” the song with just his voice. The ante got upped towards the end of the show where he invited Taylor McFerrin to join in on the human turntablism with his impeccable beatbox – the pair were visibly in another land as they vibed back and forth.

Jose also took the time to announce to the audience that him and his wife are expecting a baby girl. The glowing father to be then dedicated a song to his two ladies. It was a beautiful night all around.

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