IN THE STUDIO with Zo! & Tall Black Guy – Abstractions (Episode 01) | Film by Digife

Just as the pandemic was beginning to shut everything down back in March of 2020, Donnie Seals of Digife captured Tall Black Guy and I creating and recording in the studio for three consecutive days. We were working through sessions and material that would result in our first collaborative album, Abstractions.

Take a glance behind the scenes at how we work together, our process and how we joined creative forces in episode one of three.

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Abstractions is out EVERYWHERE
On +FE Music

“Sightseeing” (Zo! & Tall Black Guy – OFFICIAL Abstractions Album Trailer)

Zo! & Tall Black Guy
Abstractions Album Trailer
Video by Digife
City footage captured by LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson
Abstractions is available NOW

Sightseeing (feat. Pirahnahead & Diviniti)
(L. Ferguson, T. Wallace, P. Coleman)
Produced by Zo! & Tall Black Guy & Phonte
Lead Vocals by Pirahnahead & Diviniti
Background Vocals by Pirahnahead, Diviniti & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo! & Tall Black Guy, except
Saxophone by LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson
Trumpet by Aaron Janik

City of
Motown 
Woodward Ave, Cass Tech
Eastern Market, 7 Mile
Sweetwater, Aretha

In the city

City of
Greektown
Spectacles, Outer Dr
New Dance Show, Belle Isle
Bread Basket, The Shelter

In the city
In the city

Zo! + Sy Smith “Body Rock” (Acoustic version)

In our now 12+ years of working together, I think it’s safe to say by now that my sister Sy Smith and I have accumulated some gahtdamn jams. This one was written with our brother Phonte and closed out my 2013 album #ManMade.

Since it looks like we’re gonna be in the house for awhile, Sy and I decided to have some fun with it.  #ZoAndSySmith #Acoustic #AtTheCrib #CribJams #WeGonBeHereForAMinute

Zo! & Tall Black Guy Creating “Step Up Front” in the studio.

There were a plenty of “special” moments that occurred during the recording of FourFront.… I’m just happy to have captured one of them.

During only the second studio session that Tall Black Guy and I worked together in, the music for “Step Up Front” happened… …….And I happened to have the camera on for it.

Runnit and learn about the song’s story also.

“The Takeover” – Film by Digifé | Score by Zo!

In the summer of 2017 while in California hosting screenings for our recently completed documentary (Making SkyBreak) on the creation of my album, SkyBreakDigifé (then Digital Café) approached me about a brand new project they had just been commissioned by Northwestern University to do… They wanted to know if I would be willing to score it. To be honest, I don’t even remember if I even knew what the doc was gonna be about when I first interrupted Donnie Seals (of Digifé) to blurt out, “Maaaaan, HELL yeah!!” Fast forward to Sept 2018, here we are with a helluva finished product that I’m super proud to be a part of.

“What was most impressive was the speed and depth this dude works. One day he’d send some funk that sounded like James Brown, the next day epic music like John Williams.”   Donnie Seals of Digifé

The Takeover (2018)
Film by Digifé
Score by Zo!

TheTakeoverPoster

Check the film’s OFFICIAL trailer…

 

 

‘Piano & A Microphone’ …Quick Shed Session

Shed time.
Houston and Dallas, see y’all soon.

Friday, September 28, 2018 – HOUSTON, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Green Mill Social Club
630 S Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77047
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p
BUY TICKETS

Saturday, September 29, 2018 – DALLAS, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
FREE with RSVP

‘SkyBreak’ Documentary OFFICIAL Trailer

I’m so very proud to be able to present this to y’all. After talking about and posting some of the teasers over the last month or so, here is the official trailer for my upcoming SkyBreak Documentary.

Film by Digital Café
Documentary Website

‘SkyBreak’ Documentary Trailer #1 – “…SkyBreak is coming, though”

We had some fun with this one, breaking down some of the Zo! & Tigallo Love The 80’s album  answering  the question…
“When is the 90’s (or 80’s part 2) album coming?”

Zo! – SkyBreak
…arriving on May 20th, 2016 via +FE Music

Zo! – SkyBreak Documentary
by Phokus Films & Digital Cafe
Coming soon