Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.
A Grand Rapids native, Miles Coleman has been producing music under the alias Mishigami since early 2014. As a classically trained pianist, Coleman layers keyboards and synthesizers over rich percussion to create ever-evolving songs that continuously unfold. His style creates a soundscape of rhythmic, textural beats influenced by jazz melodies with intricate chord structures.