Wu-Tang Clan founder Robert “RZA” Diggs sometimes goes by the alter-ego Bobby Digital, but the origin of his latest venture — live scoring an iconic martial arts film — is decidedly analog.
“The true foundation of this dates back to VCR tapes,” says RZA, recalling his early days as a DJ in Staten Island, working alongside his pal Jon “DJ Skane” Lugo. “We had another buddy named Tom Shannon (who’d take) a couple of VCRs, connect them together, and he would pit breakbeats against animation. Like, you’ll see Road Runner chasing Wile E. Coyote, falling off the cliff, to a James Brown beat. That was the coolest thing. And he was the master of that.”
Later this month, Lugo and Shannon will join RZA in using their audiovisual talents to create a live soundtrack for “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” — with help from a pair of DJ decks, synthesizers and drum machines. RZA likens the three-performer arrangement to a New Click here to read entire article