Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote Check In Before SummerStage



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.

New Release: Hiatus Kaiyote – ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ + US Tour Dates


Hiatus Kaiyote is the sound of serendipity. On their debut album Tawk Tomahawk, the band strikes the perfect note merging poetry and polyrhythms.

Singer songwriter Nai Palm was the gravitational force that crystallized the vision for Hiatus Kaiyote’s brand of future soul, and this influence is evident on the track “Nakamarra,” which references the majestic red earth that Nai Palm roamed as a child. “Lace Skull” explores what it is to be vulnerable. “To have courage to share is a powerful thing,” says Palm, and “that song lyrically was about the celebration of showing flaws and inner most vulnerability.” Q-Tip lends his voice for a collaborative verse on the track that is featured exclusively on the re-released album.

Stream the full album | Buy from Amazon | iTunes

Catch Hiatus Kaiyote at Giant Step’s SummerStage show in Central Park on August 11th, or at one of their upcoming US dates

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

Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal At SummerStage – [POSTPONED]

Giant Step’s annual SummerStage NYC concert with Bobby Womack has been postponed due to a recent and successful surgery. Stay tuned for more details on the new date where Bobby will be joined by Willis Earl Beal!

Over the years, we have presented Femi Kuti, Jamie Lidell, Janelle Monaé, Gilles Peterson, and more. Last year, Q-Tip, Little Dragon and Chester French rocked our SummerStage event. We look forward to dancing with you again this year!

More Info here

NYC: Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal to Headline SummerStage 2012 Show – June 7


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Yessir. Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal will be headlining our SummerStage show this year! Lock June 7 in your calendars, folks!

Above, watch the mini-documentary on Bobby’s process with recording The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album of original material since 1994. Sit down with Bobby in the studio and hear what’s really good from the man himself. Look out for the album to drop just about a week after the show on June 12!

The once homeless Chicago native Willis Earl Beal taught himself how to make music during an overnight motel job in New Mexico. His debut album, Acousmatic Sorcery, is a result of this period of bare-essentials creativity, which consisted of “a cassette-based karaoke machine and a $20 microphone.” We are so excited to help introduce him to New York City! Definitely do take a looksee at his new video for “Monotony” after the jump.

Event Details
SummerStage & Giant Step Present:
Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal Live

June 7, 2012
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Central Park
New York, NY

Pre-Order The Bravest Man in the Universe on Amazon

Purchase Acousmatic Sorcery on iTunes | Amazon

Bobby Womack on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Willis Earl Beal on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Watch the video for “Monotony” by Willis Earl Beal after the jump