Hiatus Kaiyote is a two-time Grammy-nominated future soul quartet formed in Melbourne in 2011 with Naomi “Nai Palm Saalfield” (on vocals, guitar), Paul Bender (on bass), Simon Mavin (on keyboards) and Perrin Moss (on drums, percussion).
In 2013, they were nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for their song “Nakamarra”, performed with Q-Tip. The song appears on their debut album, Tawk Tomahawk. The band released their second album, Choose Your Weapon on 1 May 2015 juxtaposing the acoustic and electronic over 18 tracks and a 70-minute musical adventure.
It is inspiring that a four-piece band from the mid-Northern Melbourne suburbs could explode around the globe with a genre-defying cascade of soulful sounds that would inspire the likes of some of the most respected names in popular music and a legion of fans worldwide. In fact, the quirkily-named Hiatus Kaiyote came together over time, its members encountering one another fatefully in various bands, cafes, and share houses. They attracted influential industry fans starting with Taylor McFerrin whom they supported at Melbourne’s historic Esplanade Hotel.
After taking a much-needed hiatus (pun intended!) to recharge and refresh in 2017, the band is now in the process of recording their hotly anticipated third album forging ahead to their own beat.