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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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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NYC: Robert Glasper: Songs in the Key of Life @ Harlem Stage – December 13 & 14 + Win Tickets

 

The massively talented and Grammy-nominated Robert Glasper will be bringing together his also supremely skilled comrades for a couple unforgettable evenings on December 13 and December 14. As you may have guessed, Robert Glasper: Songs in the Key of Life, the performances will pay homage to the timeless catalog of Stevie Wonder, including “new arrangements of Wonder’s music and the premiere of new Harlem Stage commissioned compositions by Glasper, inspired by Stevie Wonder.”

The events will take place at the Harlem Stage and will bring together the famed Robert Glasper Experiment along with Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Stokley (from Mint Condition), Questlove (Thursday only), and others.

On the December 14 night, a special pre-performance discussion will take place at 6:30PM with Robert Glasper, moderated by Andre Torres, Editor-in-Chief at Wax Poetics.

All but the Thursday 10PM show are sold out!

Enter our contest after the jump to win tickets to the show!

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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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New Release: David Virelles – ‘Continuum’ + NYC Album Release Party @ Drom – Dec 12

 

Hailed by the New York Times and playing in the esteemed bands of Ravi Coltrane, Chris Potter, and Tomasz Stanko, David Virelles has become a highly sought after young jazz pianist on the rise.

His sophomore album, Continuum, will be released tomorrow. In collaboration with drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Ben Street, and Cuban folkloric percussionist/poet Román Díaz, he work pays homage to Cuban culture traversing topics of society, art, and ritual in its journey.

Watch the video for the stirring single, “One,” above and download it below!

On December 12, New Yorkers can join David for an intimate live performance of the album along with special guest DJs Questlove and Tyondai Braxton. More details below!

Also, read the New York Times article on David to get a closer look at the new album.



David Virelles – “One” [MP3 via Dropbox]

Event Details
Continuum Album Release Party
Wednesday, December 12

DJ sets by Questlove and Tyondai Braxton
Featuring a live performance by David Virelles

Doors 9:30pm

Tickets: $10 advance / $15 door
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Drom
85 Ave A (btw 5th and 6th)
New York, NY

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