Unexpected Guests are an instrumental jazz funk trio who specialise in exploring the connection between jazz and hip hop. The band is Rob Major (k), Adam Hayes (d), David Kyle Payne (b).
We were born out of a 4 year residency at the hip hop night Excursions. Each gig poets, rappers, singers, dancers would come through and we'd back them on Badu, A Tribe called Quest and our own beats.
At some point someone named us Unexpected Guests. We play instrumentally but also love to collaborate. Because of that we've played with Chima Anya, supported Public Enemy and backed phenomenal rapper Raashan Ahmad on a number of occasions
We love locking into a hip hop groove, stretching and playing with the beat, getting people on their feet. We enjoy ourselves when our audience is enjoying themselves. We've now got a solid bunch of our original material but still love playing classic soulful hip hop breaks from Talib Kweli, Biggie and of course Dilla.