ZGTOBOYZ, the Detroit-based duo between Bruiser Brigade’s ZelooperZ, and composer-electronic solo artist Shigeto, have released a short film ‘A Piece of the Geto‘ after a string of teasers quietly dropped over the past week, directed by Devin Williams, Walter Williams, and Alexander Gao. The collaboration between up and coming Williams’ team and LA-based Gao is nothing short of ‘Geto-Magick’ resulting in a 14 minute visual story, woven throughout the landscapes that Detroit offers it’s rising talent. The soundtrack of the film features their recent album release, featuring tracks including singles “Whippin” and “Unconditional Love,” that paint a dreamy and playful world they occupy.
Shigeto mused, “It’s a representation of what two brothers from completely different environment can give each other. The music is freedom for us. It’s a chance to say that all of those rules that you thought existed, don’t exist.”
“In a city famed for its disparate and varied musical excellence, the Detroit-based alignment of feted electronic artist and producer Shigeto aka Zach Saginaw and rapidly rising Bruiser Brigade member ZelooperZ was a natural thing. Introduced by mutual friends in the city, an instant bond was formed, and ZGTO was born. Over a two-year period, ZelooperZ and Shigeto would collaborate and experiment, honing their sound without any preconceived notions of its final form or an eventual release. Eventually and inevitably though, the full length record A Piece Of the Geto transpired, released last summer on Ghostly International and Third Man Records.”
As their musical partnership progressed, the natural impact expanded each other’s peripheral. ZelooperZ gave Shigeto an opportunity to act as a real music producer, stepping away from the singularity of a solo artist and performer, to feed off of his collaborator and to expand his horizons. In return, this project gave ZelooperZ a new lane to embrace his various artistic sides that he might not have shown before.
“I think our music makes people feel things,” says Shigeto. “To be yourself, to be who you want to be, and to be friends and have love for who you want to have love for.”
For ZelooperZ, a resident of the west side of Detroit, he’s had a gift with words since he was a kid, growing up in an environment immersed in the street hustle. He would soon have a bigger outlook on life and A Piece Of The Geto is his way of expressing that. As much as the project is an intimate reflection of a budding personal and musical relationship between ZelooperZ and Shigeto, it more so shows that people from separate worlds experience all the same types of pleasure and pain, and can come together to express that through whatever they choose to do or create.
“I just wanted to show people that no matter what somebody tells you, do what you love to do,” explains ZelooperZ. “Take what you heard me say, coming from being poor, and useit to your advantage. Just know you can do it too. You know you can get out of the slum. Just stay positive. God is not going to let you go through shit you can’t handle.“VIDEO: ‘A Piece of the Geto’ Short Film / YouTube
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