The countdown to the weekend being over is almost at zero. Get it? I’ll get my coat.
Birmingham, UK (metal capital).
How did you meet?
Iggy and Charlie originally started playing in bands together back when they were both still attending primary school, but the band started to become more serious to us when more recent members of the band started to join, and our sound started to progress into what it is today. This is around about the time where we came up with the band name and our first setlists 4/5 years ago.
How long have you been playing as a band?
4-5 years as a band and 2 years in the current line up
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
We came up with the name Born Zero because it represents our generation of people. All of the band members were born in 2000 but the name is also a reference to our generation being lost, we are all zeros fighting for something while the world is crashing down around us and it’s the human races fault for this, we are the generation that has to live in a dysfunctional society and the planet our elders left for us. Also, we all have freakish attitude to ourselves when we play live, we try to act like zeros, freaks to represent ourselves and our name.
What are your influences?
We all each take influence from all genres but the main bands are – Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Korn, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Pantara, Sepultura.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We just want to make people feel and to be able to relate to people on a musical level. Every show we play we want it to be a memorable experience for the fans, some where people can mosh there aggression out or just loose themselves in the music. We take it one step at a time, we believe in the band and what we are doing, if we make one person’s night better, that’s all we need. You wouldn’t be able to lock us down to one specific genre because of all the different influences from different genres of music we incorporate in ours. There’s not a lot of bands that can pull off making a song heavy and catchy and keep it consistently at a high standard in our opinion. A lot of bands we think struggle with the transition from heavy verses to big open choruses yet keep the energy at 100% this is what we think is this bands speciality. We feel like our band brings back the old yet offers a new, modern sound that moulds nice when put together.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Our lyrical themes tie in with the theme of the band. We want to write about things people can relate to, it’s a Mental expression on how we feel about everything dealing with the war and poverty and being stuck in the system with nothing getting better. The rise of crime we are stuck in and just want peace. We have to deal with the state of the world that our ancestors left.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live show is energetic and almost theatrical in the way we represent ourselves. We want people to feel the music whether it’s a punchy kick drum to the chest or a deafening guitar. We have played over 30 shows and everyone we treat the same. We just give people a hard energetic show that will last in their memories.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
- Levi – Limp Bizkit – All women throwing bras on stage
- Charlie – A guy in a wheelchair crowd surfing
- Iggy – DragonForce – human pyramid in the middle of a mosh pit.
- Tom – Falling off stage at one of our own gigs trying to jump onto the barrier!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
- Amp – Line 6 spider 2
- Guitar – Schecter blackjack solo 6 atx
- Dream rig: huge Blackstar amp and a small pedalboard for creativity.
- Bass – Epiphone thunderbird bass
- Amp – Ashdown ABM 500 head.
- Cabs – Ashdown root master 115 / 210
- Pedalboard – MXR, Electro harmonics, Flatley guitar pedals, JHS pedals, Boss etc.
- Pearl export kit
- Tama speed cobra double kick
- Cymbals – Sabian crash, Sabian air crash, Sabian china, Double hammered Zill Bell Stagg, Zill Bell Sabian, Sabian high hats.
- Sticks – 5a and 7a Vic Firth
- Snare – Joey Jordison signature snare
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our first single, “Breathe”, was released on 9th August 2019 on all major apps such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music etc. You can also watch the video to the single on YouTube.
What are your plans for 2019?
We have the single release, “Breathe”, we hope will do very well and we are also currently back in the studio completing our first EP which we are hoping to release in the Autumn 2019.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Obsidian, who we guested at our Metal to the Masses Semi Final, we would support and then Wolf Jaw (formally known as The Bad Flowers) supporting us. We saw them in a pub in Kings Heath when they first started out and have followed and loved them ever since!