Zo! on DC 89.3FM WPFW – Soul Conversations Radio (March 24, 2017)

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Had the pleasure of stopping by WPFW last night an participating in a “Soul Conversation” …and to be honest, it turned out to be one of my favorite interviews in a long time. I’m sure if there was no time limit, we would probably STILL be conversing now. You can listen to it in full HERE …or by pressing ‘play’ below.

Southern Vanguard Radio Interview – Interview Sessions: Zo!

Last week, I sat down with my good friend and former WKU classmate, DJ Jon Doe last week and ended up going into an in-depth two hour interview that covers everything from our college days, to why baseball didn’t work out, to the time I randomly met Dilla…. to my history with +FE Music. Take some time to listen, download…. and most of all, enjoy!

‘Undeniable’ Live with Zo! …presented by “The Experience” (Live Interview + Mini Performance) in Chicago, IL – January 17, 2015

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‘Undeniable’ Live With Zo!
presented by The Experience
(Live Interview with Dedry Jones + Mini Performance)

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – Chicago, IL
The Logan Center For The Arts
915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL | (773) 702-ARTS
Doors: 6:30p | All Ages
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Zo! Interview with Ixiti.com (Detroit)

Detroit Native Zo! Mixes Influences from Motown to Dilla

Author: Veronica Grandison
Source: Ixiti.com

Detroit-native Lorenzo “Zo!” Ferguson never stays away from the Motor City too long. In fact, the indie R&B/hip hop multi-instrumentalist/producer has two stops planned here within the next month.

First, Zo! plays a solo show April 13 at The Shelter. Then, in May, he’ll return as part of the collaboration The Foreign Exchange for a show at the Magic Stick. And, he was just here last year to promote his 13th LP, “Manmade.”

Grown in Detroit

As a multi-instrumentalist (he plays the keyboard/piano, bass guitar, drums, and guitar), Ferguson is a master at blending all types of sounds to find the right chemistry. His music crosses a multitude of genres from R&B to soul, funk, jazz and hip hop, all of which he was exposed to by his parents growing up on the Westside of Detroit.

“My mother gave me the R&B and Motown side, and my father gave me more of the funk, the jazz, the bluesy side, so I was able to hear a wide spectrum of music growing up,” says Ferguson from his home in Silver Springs, MD.
 “That’s how I developed my ear, and once I started listening to hip-hop, that became my muse, so taking all these genres of music and being able to fuse it into an influence.

“I don’t look at it as a genre, I look at it as me just making good music.”

Even though he took piano lessons as a kid, music was not something Ferguson was passionate about. Ferguson had intentions of becoming a pro-baseball player and even earned a full athletic scholarship to Western Kentucky University. When his baseball career didn’t pan out the way he wanted, Ferguson began transferring all of his time and energy into playing music, practicing the piano and keyboards every day.

He released his first LP “Zo! Presents…Ablyss” in 2001, and since then has released 13 solo projects.

READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE

Audio Interview with BlackIsOnline.com: “It’s The Jam: Episode 5”

I’m actually laughing while listening back to this interview as if I wasn’t a part of it. Shouts to mah man Merc80, Chris and Kim Lehman all of BlackIsOnline.com for allowing me to come into their house and clown out for a couple hours before my show in LA on March 2nd. What a fun time of COMPLETE “let-loosedness”…. Enjoy!!!

Click HERE to listen to the interview

Zo! Interviews with Insight News (Minneapolis)

Zo! of Foreign Exchange Music coming to Minneapolis March 12 at The Pourhouse

Author: Harry Colbert
Source: Insight News

From time to time, life will throw us a curveball or two.

Fans of soul, neosoul and organic hip-hop, are probably pretty thrilled that Zo! of Foreign Exchange Music wasn’t as good at hitting curveballs as he is at producing and creating timeless melodies and arrangements for the many artists who he’s featured on his three released projects. Now that’s not to say that Zo!, born Lorenzo Ferguson, was a slouch at hitting. The multi-talented producer was drafted out of high school in the 13th round of the MLB Amateur Draft to play center field for the Toronto Blue Jays. But Zo! passed on the offer, opting for college instead at Western Kentucky University, with dreams of securing a higher draft spot. While Zo!’s draft spot didn’t improve, his keyboard playing did.

“My first love was baseball,” said Zo!, who will be in the Twin Cities for a Wednesday, March 12 performance at The Pourhouse, 10 S. 5th St., downtown Minneapolis. “I’m a really passionate person and I was passionate about playing baseball. But I never let that get in the way of my music. I always kept playing music to keep my chops up.”

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Interview: The Seven Mellow Concepts of ZO!

The Seven Mellow Concepts of Zo!
Author: Hector De La Rosa
Source: Mellow Concepts

Detroit native Lorenzo Ferguson, known to the masses as Zo!, is a Multi-Instrumentalist/ Producer deemed genius. His recent release ManMade and his affiliation with Phonte (of Little Brother) and Foreign Exchange further enhances his artistry while fueling his creativity to stellar heights. Zo! sits down with Hector De La Rosa of Mellow Concepts: The Mellow Hang Suite and expands on the seven given concepts pertaining to his life, love for the art form, and the profound impact J. Dilla had on his artistic approach in music.

† Zo on the Concept of what makes his artistry unique:

Independent is one word that describes my artistry. I make music on my own terms, which is of huge importance to me in having creative freedom especially in a music industry that dictates how music as an art form should be marketed. It is necessary to have my hands on the distribution and marketing aspect of my music to have some kind of knowledge of where I am heading as an artist and entrepreneur. If I bring something creative to the table, I must make sure my product will not be shelved or flushed down the drain because it does not meet a certain music industry criteria or standard. I firmly believe music that comes directly from the head foremost heart is of purest form.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Zo! Interview in Creative Loafing (August 8, 2013)

Zo! brings ‘ManMade’ tour to Atlanta

Author: Carlton Hargro
Source: Creative Loafing

The North Carolina-based Foreign Exchange Music group – founded and fronted by the hip-hop/soul duo also known as the Foreign Exchange (rapper/singer Phonte and producer Nicolay) – has been dropping some of the indie soul scene’s most acclaimed music for years. One of the company’s most prolific artists is the producer/musician Zo! Coming straight out of the Detroit area, Zo! has dropped a bevy of retro-modern-flavored soul albums, including 2010’s Sunstorm and 2011’s … Just Visiting Three, among others. His latest project, ManMade (which features vocal support by local notables such as Anthony David, Carmen Rodgers, and newcomer Gwen Bunn), hit stores back in May, and he’s currently on tour supporting the album. Zo! makes is making his way to Atlanta for a live chat session on Fri., Aug. 9, and a live show on Sat., Aug. 10. Before passing through town, he hipped us to the making of ManMade and life as an indie artist…

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Zo! Interview in Indy Week (Raleigh-Durham, NC) (July 25, 2013)

Interview: Zo! talks new album ManMade, DIY R&B and happy accidents

Author: Brandon Soderberg
Source: Indy Week

Lorenzo Ferguson, or Zo!, as he’s known to fans, released his new album ManMade — a rakish collection of house and ghettotech-tinged slow jams — back in May. It’s another idiosyncratic and uncompromising release from Foreign Exchange Music, fueled by intense collaborations between Zo! and the Foreign Exchange’sPhonte Coleman (credited as writer and producer). The second single, “Count to Five” featuring Gwen Bunn and Phonte, is propulsive soul-pop about real-life concerns like anxiety and transition. And don’t miss the charming video, which pays homage to the ’70s era of Sesame Street when the kid’s show was almost activist in its embrace of multiculturalism and positive vibes. We spoke over the phone about the new album, being doggedly independent while the music industry crumbles, “jheri curl music,” and even afforded some music nerd trivia about ’80s softies Mr. Mister. Zo! is celebrating the release of ManMade at the Casbah in Durham tonight along with the exploratory jazz trio the Hot at Nights.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE