- How did you get your initial start in music?
As individuals, each member of ZERO had a natural affinity for their role in the band. Johnnie ZERO was praised for his ability to hit things hard with sticks from a young age, Jordan ZERO had a natural sense of rhythm in the way he crawled as a baby and Adam ZERO’s skill to make vocal noise was famed throughout his neighbourhood. Did we mention that ZERO was our first spoken word?
As a band, BIG ZERO began as a concept, with music being just one outlet of a multi-faceted, multi-media system. But with a knack for a solid rhythmic foundation and a catchy chorus hook it was decided that songs would be the most efficient vehicle to carry the message of BIG ZERO.
- What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
The only logical answer to this question is world domination.
- How long have you been writing your own music?
The individual members of BIG ZERO have been writing music for well in excess of five years; once we finalised the tenets of ZERO in the summer of 2015, however, ZERO began writing itself.
- Who are your top three influences and why?
DEVO is the ultimate oddball band. Aesthetically and musically Devo have always been in a league of their own, completely ‘out there’, but always accessible and inclusive.
THE CARS prove that having ‘huge pop songs’ and having ‘character’ are not mutually exclusive ideals. Their tight guitar-band-with-synthesizers arrangement has been a huge influence on ZERO.
JOHN CARPENTER understands that in order for the audience to truly experience his directorial vision, he needs to craft both sound and vision. We put a lot of references to The Horror Master in our videos. Some obvious, some not so obvious. Can you spot them?
- Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
Our next release will be out on Record Store Day (April 16th, available from all good INDEPENDENT records stores) as a split 7” with 90’s weirdo-pop legends Bis. One song from them, one song from us. Ours is called ‘Tear It Up And Start Again’ and it will be the lead track in a full EP release in May.
- Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
ZERO’s spiritual home is Reading. Known for excellent transport links with the M4, but don’t be too hasty and leave without seeing a new band. There’s a whole wave of us.
- Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
We like THE MAKAROV SCHEME. Once described (by us) as ‘The unholy spawn of the North Carolina Sewer Blob and the Toxic Avenger. Young, dumb and full of fun.’
- Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
For the full VISUO-AUDITORY experience, ZERO recommends you point your attention browsers to www.youtube.com/bigzeromusic but you can find ZERO at all popular social habitations