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Hiatus Kaiyote is a Melbourne-based neo-soul quartet that features Nai Palm (vocals, guitars) Paul Bender (bass), Perrin Moss (drums) and Simon Mavin (keys). Formed in 2011, the band had their international breakthrough thanks to Nakamarra, song that was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best R&B Performance” category, and that they performed with internationally-known rapper Q-Tip.

The release of their debut album, Tawk Tomahawk, was followed by a worldwide tour and raving reviews from the likes of the Wall Street Journalthe New York Timesthe Age and Washington Post, as well as appearances on popular shows such as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Arsenio Hall Show.

Today, a couple of years later, Hiatus Kaiyote are back in Europe to present their second album Choose Your Weapon. In this interview, recorded at the Pori Jazz Festival, we’re joined by band leader Nai Palm and bassist Paul Bender for a double-interview – the very first for the Jazz Spotlight Podcast! – about the beginnings of Hiatus Kaiyote, how to build buzz around the world and the story behind Choose Your Weapon.



Today, You’ll Hear More About:

  • How Hiatus Kaiyote was formed
  • How the band built buzz, despite the geographic challenges posed by being based in Australia
  • Bender’s music marketing tips
  • The story behind the new album Choose Your Weapon

Watch Hiatus Kaiyote’s Grammy-Nominated Nakamarra!

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