Article and Portrait of Zeren by Joshua Fitzwater
Gohan is a fitting handle as he was the youngest but potentially strongest character on the hit Manga adapted Anime TV series Dragon Ball Z. Unfortunately for any grown anime nerds reading this, the Dragon Ball parallels with Zeren stop with Gohan. While Dragon Ball Z was notoriously plotting, one single fight could last multiple 3o minutes episodes, Zeren since joining Fugitive 9 in late 2012 has shot 9 music videos for the Collective often with fellow director and cinematographer Nick Jublou. Most recently Zeren and Jublou teamed up to create F9’s music video “Hydra”. As Zeren explained to me, “We were going for a horror flick feel. We wanted it to have a bugged out alien vibe. It’s a hyper intense hip hop video indicative of what Fugitive 9 is to rap.” Featuring the up close painted eyes and lyric spitting mouths of MC’s Sintax Zero, Think Shinxes and Cuda Brown, the video brings up memories of the opening credits of Rocky Horror but handled with the meticulous care of director Travis Betz’s indie low budget horror film Lo.
In addition to Fugitive 9, Zeren, true to his nature, creates music in several other genres. From his indie low-fi “Love Life” collaboration with Ben Hinson, to his solo noise endeavor”LRKR”, and his indie rap project “Dyslexia & Six Sense” along side Antony Watson, Zeren may have just been taking career notes from Mike Patton on how to keep things fresh.
Involved successfully in multiple mediums, Zeren is one of the artists responsible for the attention currently being paid to the emerging NFK Arts district. There are many fighting and some investing serious resources to see the area prosper. My hope is if it does continue to gain traction and eventually flourish, Zeren and his ilk that bring creative vibrancy to the area won’t subsequently have to face gentrification. Should they however, Zeren, will most assuredly have best documented what once was.
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