Zach Saginaw consistently grounds his music in a deeply personal, familial context; his grandmother inspired two releases, his producer aliases, Shigeto and Frank Omura, both reference family names and it’s not for nothing that his latest release as Shigeto is titled Lineage. The mini-LP combines Shigeto’s jazz, hip-hop, funk and folk influences. These elements aren’t new to Saginaw’s work, but never has he demonstrated such complete command of his material. All these elements combined makes sense when you see Shigeto perform live. Shigeto begins yet another North American tour shortly.
We also asked Shigeto to explain the connection of family to his music and working with Michael Cina on the art to translate this connection. Read the full Q & A with Shigeto.