GIANT STEP 25 WITH KEVIN LYONS

Kevin Lyons revisits his iconic logo to celebrate 25 years of Giant Step. As Kevin recently shared on Instagram:

Over 23 years ago I had the distinct opportunity to design a logo for the already legendary Thursday night party in NYC named simply Giant Step. I was given said opportunity basically as a kid. I walked into the office of Maurice Bernstein and Jonathan Rudnick and simply wanted to buy a record one afternoon. That night I stayed up the entire night drawing my very first and only concept, and returned the very next day. It has stood the test of time for all 23 years since. And it literally jump started my entire career. For heads that were there, you already know, but for many you can’t imagine how fun Giant Step Thursday nights downtown were. This was the height of Acid Jazz and Jazz-Hip-Hop. Bands like the Groove Collective, Repercussions, and the early Roots Crew backed incredible mc’s like Guru, Tribe, MCSolaar, AG, Jamalski, Sens Unik, Masta Ace, The Last Poets, Digable Planets, Massive Attack, Chaka Kan, Gil Scott Heron and so many more would just roll through often unannounced…. I was such a record collector and a huge fan of the great @swifty_typografix and Straight No Chaser and Talkin Loud, so it was both an honor and a sincere privilege to be part of that culture … This summer @giantstep turns 25 …. And Maurice asked me to incorporate a 25 into the logo.

Giant Step 25th Anniversary Logo from Giant Step Marketing on Vimeo.

GIANT STEP 25 WITH RICH MEDINA

To celebrate Giant Step’s 25th anniversary we’ve asked DJs we have worked with over the years to share some of their favorite Giant Step tunes and memories. For the first edition, we asked Rich Medina who recently played at our Le Bain Summer Series on Monday, July 20th.

“Giant Step is one of the many NYC staple events that helped mold my perspective on open minded music presentation during the early 90s. I spent countless nights standing on line waiting to get into MK’s & other various Giant Step events, attained a mountain of their promotional 12″s in The Premium Record Pool, and saw many of my favorite Giant Step artists perform live thanks to this fantastic organization.

Giant Step represents a window of growth and progressive programming that I will always remember as key to helping me become a true club kid and working class DJ. For me, the brand and what they represent is paramount to the club world and music programming outside of FM radio as we know it. Long live Giant Step. Thanks for all the music, experiences, and opportunity to collaborate over the past 25 years. Salute.”

Rich focused strictly on the Giant Step Records catalogue for his playlist.

GIANT STEP 25 WITH GILLES PETERSON

To celebrate Giant Step’s 25th anniversary we’ve asked DJs we have worked with over the years to share some of their favorite Giant Step tunes and memories. Next up is Gilles Peterson. Enjoy the tunes and don’t forget, we have him in NYC for TWO shows.

giles peterson output flyer
Output on Aug 6- http://www.ticketfly.com/e…/777131-gilles-peterson-new-york/

giles peterson summer stage
SummerStage NYC on Aug 8-http://www.giantstep.net/index.php/events/2203/

 

Gilles Peterson’s memories of Giant Step…

- Dana Bryant – “Margaret” – tune! Shame the album didn’t get the recognition it deserved but this tune is a killer spoken waltz.
- The first Groove Collective album – representing the club and the new york scene to the max.
- Going to the first Jamiroquai show at Supper Club in New York in 1992 and lending him my vintage Adidas track suit top.
- Enjoying Jonathan Rudnick’s intros for the world music artists that Giant Step always used to promote.
- The once in a lifetime Nuyorican Soul launch party at the Supper Club with everyone there!
- All night clubbing with Maurice and family and somehow ending up at Body and Soul on Sunday.
- Winter Music Conference – best days of our life! omg – the annual Giant Step party – messy!