Shigeto brings warm beats to Ghostly showcase 

Shigeto’s appealing electronic sound uniquely mixes melody and elements of ambient, dub and rap. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Shigeto’s appealing electronic sound uniquely mixes melody and elements of ambient, dub and rap.

Ghostly International recording artist Shigeto joins labelmates such as Com Truise and Dauwd for a rare, thrilling night of tastemaker electronic music Friday at 1015 Folsom.

The Detroit-based Zach Saginaw, who grew up with influences including Motown, jazz, hip-hop and techno, mixes them with inviting, melodic, vividly textured electronic music production, accompanied by live drums.

“I’m so, so stoked,” Shigeto says. “I love S.F. I have tons of friends there. It’s an amazing city with amazing food, always a good response, and on top of that, Ghostly showcases are probably some of my favorite shows to play.

We’re all really different but yet we all fit in this weird family called Ghostly. It’s cool and rare when we come together. I’m very, very excited.”

Born and raised in Michigan on Detroit techno, Shigeto, 30, is Saginaw’s middle name.

He began releasing tracks on the label Moodgadget before graduating to influential 13-year-old Michigan record label Ghostly International, where he released his first LP, “The Full Circle,” in 2010.

Whether listening to his 2012 LP “Lineage,” his “Huron River Drive” remixes or his latest free production, “Beats 4 Dilla,” fans hear Shigeto’s wide influences mixing: warm Fender Rhodes pumping out a melodic progression over crisp, stuttering percussion, some rap verses. To create mostly instrumental music, he uses filters and effects to transform voices into instruments, making breaths and syllables into bass lines and string sections. Part ambient, part dub, part rap, its elements are tied together by an emotionally multidimensional and ever-inviting vibe.

“I want people to feel comfortable. I like music that people can listen to out, but really for me, my music is bedroom headphone music, something you can sit down with a spliff and just listen to, and escape into your own little world.”

In 2013, Shigeto is touring with hit producer Bonobo for a slew of North American dates. In the fall, he plans to release a new LP, “No Better Time Than Now,” on Ghostly. Back in Detroit full time, he’s also making plans for a long career.

“I finally feel that I’m at a point where I’m comfortable, confident and not too worried about the future,” he says. “The last two years have solidified Shigeto as an artist and hopefully I can continue to offer good music and people will consume it.”


Shigeto: With Com Truise, Adult., Mux Mool, Dauwd, Heathered Pearls (DJ)

  • Where: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.
  • When: 10 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $20
  • Contact: (415) 431-8609,

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