“Born Zero” are a new four piece band ready to rip up the rock world and it was my pleasure to have the opportunity to chat with three of them, lead singer Jack, drummer Charlie and lead guitarist Iggy.
Having known each other for eight years, the three were originally in a five piece band before two left to pursue other interests and Frankie came in as the bass player. So it was no more Voltage and Born Zero was born, which is quite appropriate as with all the lads being born in the 2000, the name was effectively born in more ways than one. I found out that Charlie originally hated the name but was sold once the logo was designed.
Rehearsing at Charlie’s house, mainly due to that’s where the drum kit is as well as a customed built sound proof studio, every Saturday the guys meet up and thrash out their latest set. Each of them introduces new material into the bands, with Iggy loving his guitar solos and Charlie always wanting to show off his latest addition to his drum kit. The band has moved on dramatically from performing covers to writing and now performing their own material. “Blinded By The Light” debuted on youtube on 21st August and, within the first two weeks, had already climbed to nearly 1400 views.
Taking influences from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, Bullet for my Valentine and of course, Metallica, their music steadily got heavier until the new brand of Born Zero was ready for the world to hear.
The biggest challenge of the band has mainly been getting to agree what to do. The naming caused some issues until it was settled upon and the main challenges are now knowing when to finish the song writing, always wanting to add that little bit extra as well as keeping Charlie from wanting his new bit of kit to play centre stage!
Managed by Mick Pritchard, who has some two decades in the industry, there is a great decision making process in place, starting with Iggy and Mick, going to the band before Mick advises them of the best decision to take.
With their debut single now being played to the world, it was interesting to find out that it was Frankie who came in one day with a new riff and showed it off. Iggy was soon adding to it and before they knew what happened, the song was born. Mick wrote the original lyrics which Jack added to, especially the lead phrase which became the title.
While each of the four contributes musically, it was great to know that their talents don’t stop there. Charlie loves his artwork and came up with the logo for the band while Jack isn’t just a good voice. His online computer skills have gained him the role of Digital Manager for the band and has already uploaded a behind the scenes look.
Having already performed at various venues, their favourite being the Birmingham Town Hall, I couldn’t believe it when they told me that they counted themselves lucky to escape from one venue with their lives and instruments intact! Apparently a group of fresh faced teens shouldn’t have been performing heavy rock!
However, they received a warmer welcome when performing in their own back yard at Festival on the Green on the 12th September.
After we had finished discussing the origins and the future of the band, I decided to have a bit of fun and get to know the lads a little better. Unfortunately Frankie was on holiday so he wasn’t around to answer, but Jack, Charlie and Iggy certainly had some interesting answers to the quickfire questions.
Q: Peanut butter or marmite?
Jack: Peanut butter
Q: Morning, Noon or Night?
J: Night (for cuddling)
C: Night (for the darkness!)
Q: What was the last film that you watched?
J: Metallica Through the Never
C: Erm… Barbie’s Xmas Movie (because my younger sister made me!)
Q: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
J: Bacon & Brown sauce sandwich
I: Sausage & Egg sandwich
C: Toast with lemon curd
Q: Ninja or Pirates?
C: Ninjas (because I don’t like bangs!)
Q: What’s your favourite clothes shop@
J: River Island
C: Spiral Direct
Q: Given the chance, where would you like to visit?
J: New York
C: Pakistan (for the photos)
Q: Favourite colour?
J: Rainbows (really??? Asked Michael)
C: Black (obviously)
Q: You are given one superpower. What is it?
J: The ability not to embarrass myself in public
Q: What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
J: I’ve gotta work today!
I: Crap! Work!
C: Haha, the other two will be at work (as I woke up at 11am!)
Q: Describe 1 important item from your childhood and where is it now?
J: Teddy bear called Snuggly and it’s still on my bed
I: A seahorse soft toy and it’s probably boxed up in the garage
Q: Do you have any scars and how did you get the last one?
J: No scars
I: Not a scar as such but I’ve got a big lump on the back of my head where I got punched in the Mosh pit at Leeds and Reading festival
C: On my knee from playing British Bulldog. The skin was floppy and hanging off!
Q: Who would be your ideal room-mate?
J: James Hetfield from Metallica
I: Phil Anselmo
C: My friend Leah
Q: Favourite radio station (expecting a clean sweep here!!)
Q: Excluding music, what is your favourite subject at school?
C: English Lit
Q: Do you believe in life on other planets?
Q: Do you have any bad habits?
J: Biting my nails, (at which point the others added – eating with his mouth open!)
I: Scratching in a certain place in public
C: Obsession with cleaning
Q: Are you a clean or messy person?
C: Obviously clean!
Q: What was the last household chore that you did and when?
J: Made my bed this morning
I: Loaded the dishwasher this morning
C: Cleaned the house today (obviously)
Q: Name 1 thing that not many people know about you?
J: I’m slightly deaf in my left ear
I: I’m a poet at heart
Q: If you HAD to change your first name, what would it be?
Q: The band has made it through Boot Camp on the X-Factor. Who would you want as your mentor?
J: Rita Ora
I: Simon Cowell
C: Rita Ora
Q: If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
J: Draco Malfoy
Q: What was the last thing that you did that got you into trouble?
J: Nothing – I don’t do trouble
I: Being noisy and keeping my parents awake until 7AM
C: I cut off half the hair of my sister’s Barbie and gave her a kiss scar. (Michael – think Spike from Toy Story!)
Q: Would you do a bungee jump?
Q: If we were to press play on your i-pod, what song would be playing?
J: Black Storm Cherry – Lonely Train
I: Ingested – Divine Right of Kings
C: My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na
Q: Scary Movies or Happy Endings?
Q: Born Zero the movie is being cast. Who would play each band member? (We took a consensus approach to this one)
Jack would be played by Leonardo diCapprio
Iggy would be played by Orlando Bloom
Charlie would be played by Johnny Depp
Frankie would be played by Kyle Gass