Devendra Banhart collaborates with Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA

Duo found common ground by chatting about atomic energy, the sun and dark matter

Devendra Banhart has revealed that he and Wu Tang Clan member GZA have collaborated on a version of his new single ‘Baby’.

The two hooked up after Banhart met Wu Tang Clan‘s RZA at a party the two were both DJ’ing at. RZA then introduced his bandmate to Banhart‘s music, with GZA becoming such a fan that he checked out the singer’s performance at Coachella, reports

“I played Coachella, and, lo and behold, I looked on the sidelines and there was GZA. I was stunned,” Banhart explained. “So we hung out and talked – we talked about atomic energy and how the sun is powered. We talked about dark matter. Then I sent him my catalogue. And he said “Hey man, will you write some stuff? Let’s write together.'”

Banhart went on to explain that RZA has since laid down a freestyle verse on ‘Baby’, though he stopped short of revealing details about when or how the track will be released.

Asked whether the project could result in the two making an album, Banhart replied: “I don’t know. Who knows?” before adding: “Well, yes. I think it could.”

He also paid tribute to Wu Tang Clan for getting him into making music.

He revealed: “Not everybody knows I’m a big fan of Wu-Tang. I started making music thanks to skate videos, and a big part of skateboarding at the time was hip-hop. The first thing I ever did with a printer was print out the Wu-Tang symbol – the W – and just glue it on my skateboard.”