In the summer of 2017 while in California hosting screenings for our recently completed documentary (Making SkyBreak) on the creation of my album, SkyBreak… Digifé (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!
Check the film’s OFFICIAL trailer…
Quick picture with The Takeover’s narrator, NU alum, Harry Lennix.
With the Digifé crew: Eric Seals, Donnie Seals, Brittany Applegate & Cassandra Papillon-Page
Got to chat briefly with Harris Lennix
Film Credit – “Original Score: Zo!”
With Tim and Daphne Maxwell-Reid who as Northwestern’s first Black Homecoming Queen in 1968, told her story in The Takeover
Fatin “10” Horton, Music Director for “Black Dynamite” the animated series, tells WatchLOUD how he freaks the Funk
I serve as the Music Supervisor, Composer, and Editor for the show. I’m responsible for scoring and picking all cues and their placement, editing them to fit the scene in time and action, and composing anything original we do for the show. Carl (Jones) and I have actually known each other for years, with both of us being from North Carolina, and we worked together on Season Two of “The Boondocks.” He’s always supported me, followed and been a fan of my work, even before we got to work together. He and my other good brother LeSean Thomas were the two that lobbied Aaron (McGruder) to have me as a part of the Boondocks and get my foot in the television door. Gotta shout him out because the creative weight that he lifts on the show is huge.
Apart from his show runner duties, he also does a lot of voiceover in the show. He did both of the voices in the community town meeting;the one for slavery and the one against. Not only that, he took a gamble on giving me such a huge role and responsibility in a show that has so much music. I’m eternally grateful for his vote of confidence and his creative vision/leadership.