Currently down under for their 2016 Australian tour, hip hop legends Wu-Tang Clan have graced Melbourne’s Ginger Studios with their presence for a huge 10-hour session, where they recorded the beginnings of a handful of new tracks.
As FasterLouder reports, Wu-Tang members RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Master Killa and producer DJ Mathematics hit up the Cremorne studio yesterday, after contacting chief engineer Jimi Wyatt in search of something that has “quality, reliability, privacy and loud!”.
Wyatt says Wu-Tang’s time in the studio was “primarily a writing session”, which kicked off at 4pm and finished up in the early morning. “It wasn’t a party per se, with the session only being open to their crew as they’re serious artists that want to work,” he says.
Wyatt says he and RZA recorded parts of four new songs during Wu-Tang’s session, with other group members throwing their own verses onto the tracks later in the night.
“Raekwon was the first to drop a verse in the control room and he totally tore it up, it was more of a performance with a couple of punch-ins to try different ideas,” Wyatt says.
“Then Ghostface Killah got in the booth and put down verses for two other tracks, he preferred to do his thing in there rather than in the control room. GZA wrote a lot, [while] DJ Mathematics and Master Killa were in to keep the vibe up.
“They play the beat ridiculously loud while everyone vibes off the track to get into a space where they can write a verse. It feels like a gig where they can try new things lyrically and create.”
Wu-Tang Clan’s released their latest album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, as a single vinyl copy in 2015, but it looks like their next release just might include some locally recorded tunes.
Wu-Tang kick off their Australian tour in Melbourne tonight, before heading to Sydney and Brisbane. Catch all of their local tour dates below, and the tour’s confirmed Wu-Tang lineup right here.
Local MC Ivan Ooze, who is supported Wu-Tang’s current Aussie tour, has also shared a photo (below) of him and his DJ with Ghostface Killah, saying, “Cookin’ dat new new up in the kitchen today with the legendary Ghostface Killah. y’all ain’t ready.”
Wu-Tang Clan Australian Tour 2016
Tuesday 23rd February
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Wednesday 24th February
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Friday 26th February