Zachary Shigeto Saginaw is a member of Ghostly International's close-knit pool of musicians including Matthew Dear, Com Truise and Dabrye. After discovering the lush, beat driven beauty of What We Held On To in 2010, I have remained enthusiastic about Shigeto as a futuristic hip-hop staple. He's released over a dozen EPs, singles, compilations and albums, and continues to cut delicate hip-hop-meets-jazz, as on this year's Lineage.
As a part of the seventh X Avant Festival, Shigeto made the trek up from Detroit to perform at Toronto's historic Music Gallery following a stunning performance from Nick Storring. Shigeto explored a full range of sound for an appreciative audience: he moved from slow organic rhythms, to IDM and jazz timing while triggering lush melodies and additional sequences, resulting in a layered, all-absorbing experience.
Whiles StudioFeed was there to capture his performance, I also sat down to talk about Shigeto's recent move to Detroit, why he makes instrumental music and what he's up to next.
Words & Interview by Emily Copeland