Shigeto composes chill, ambient instrumentals
that soar beyond the basic, passionless pieces pumped out by lackluster artists and musicians.
Shigeto – Soaring
Zach Shigeto Saginaw is a producer for those who enjoy future-beat-frescoes that illuminate the regions of the brain not used when booty-bouncing. Like other well-known artists signed with Ghostly International, Zach is a maestro when it comes to providing the listener with pensive, beautiful, or straight-up transcendental beatscapes.
Released earlier this week, the eight-song Lineage EP is not only a showcase of Shigeto’s prolific touch for such music, but also a homage to family history and personal upbringing.
The Lineage cover photo features Zach’s great-grandfather’s home in pre-war Hiroshima. On the back cover is another black and white picture of his great-grandfather posing at one of the infamous 40s era Japanese-American internment camps.
Lineage, in words, may be told differently from Zach’s point of view.
Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. — Ghostly International
Lineage, through speakers, is a compilation of Shigeto’s ever-growing sound.
Shigeto – Lineage (prologue)
Chimes, shakers, and the wettest keystrokes — even the interjection of a siren’s call: all of these elements convey something that word of mouth simply can’t.
Zach’s background in jazz drumming as well as growing up with experiences from Ann Arbor’s electronica scene make up the signature Shigeto musical purveyance.
Shigeto – Ann Arbor (Parts 3 & 4)
Though claiming not to be a virtuoso in the below interview with SceneStar, it’s clear that Shigeto is something wholly organic beyond flesh-and-bone percussionist and electronic music composer.
As apparent with Lineage and the entirety of Shigeto’s discography, melding electronic manipulation with live percussion results in a passionate display of unabashed expression.
02.15 Los Angeles, CA @ LOW END THEORY
02.16 San Diego, CA @ KAVA LOUNGE — Sweetest Drip will be here!
02.17 San Francisco, CA @ 1015 FOLSOM W/ MUX MOOL
02.18 Missoula, MT @ THE PALACE LOUNGE W/ MUX MOOL
02.25 Amherst, MA @ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE W/ MUX MOOL
02.29 Boston, MA @ WONDERBAR W/ MUX MOOL
03.01 Burlington, VT @ METRONOME W/ MUX MOOL
03.02 Buffalo, NY @ SOUNDLAB W/ MUX MOOL
03.14 Austin, TX @ CLUB DEVILLE (GHOSTLY SHOWCASE)
03.15 Austin, TX @ SUREFIRE SHOWCASE (DJ SET)
03.22 Los Angeles, CA @ KING KING
03.23 San Francisco, CA @ YOSHI’S
03.24 Sebastopol, CA @ HOPMONK TAVERN
03.25 Santa Cruz, CA @ MOE’S ALLEY
03.28 Arcata, CA @ ARCATA THEATRE
03.29 Eugene, OR @ WOW HALL
03.30 Portland, OR @ DOUG FIR
03.31 Bellingham, WA @ WILD BUFFALO
04.01 Seattle, WA @ NEUMO’S