This interview was done online by AJ&DBS Talent Agency. They have offices in both South Florida and Southern California.
Interview with Core Zero - Denver, Colorado
Q. How did the project come into existence?
The project was originally formed by three life long friends two of whom were brothers. That group located me (Bryan) on Musicmates.com and after a few sit ins we decided to work together. After several years and a couple of line up changes for personal reasons, only one brother and myself remained in the project with a new guitar player and drummer. The final lineup fixed and established for roughly two years, Core Zero formerly Sin Eater made a name change and self produced their first full lenght professionally produced album titled Doxology. Core Zero is now looking to take our brand of metal nationwide and beyond.
Q.Who are the members of the band if any and please tell us about it?
The band members are Bryan - Vocals/Rhythm guitar(original member), Greg - Lead Guitar (joined the band in the last and final change), Mike - Bass/growls (original member), and Dave - Drums/Percussion (joined the band after one of the original brothers left the band).
Q How would you describe your sound/genre?
We have a few "pitches" to describe our sound. The first is "Melodic Mosh Pit'n Metal!" (say it fast three times aloud!), the second "If Disturbed, Godsmack, Avenged 7Fold, and Sevendust had a four headed love child, they'd name it Core Zero!". Basically we blend various influences of hair metal, metal, blues, straight up rock, and screamcore into a little bit different take on modern metal music.
Q. What formal training or previous experience do any of the members have?
Bryan underwent vocal instruction at the Denver Academy of the Arts after growing up singing. He is now an assistant vocal coach under Dr. Scott Martin at the Academy. Dave is a classically trained drummer. Mike played the 80's scene in LA at the end of the hair metal phase and is a life long bass player. Greg has played since he was young and has a lot of experience in the blues scene including playing for and with some notible folks.
Q. Are you working w/ a producer on your upcoming album?
Our new album was released in June 2010. It was self produced although we did have a co producer. His name is Steve Avedis, a very well known Denver engineer and producer. He was an amazing help for us during the process!
Q. Who would you say has been the biggest influence on the bands sound or that you have used as inspiration for your music?
While all of us listen to different types of music probably where we come together is our enjoyment of bands like Disturbed and Killswitch Engage. Of course the choice to go melodic with the vocals probably stems from our past musical experiences.
Q.What advice would you give to others starting out?
If you are putting a band together there are a lot of different variables to pay attention to. Most will look at an auditioners skill level first and foremost. While that was important to us obviously, we also paid a lot of attention to the personality and committment of the individuals to make sure they aligned with our own. More bands break up due to personality issues and lack of committment to the band's goals, than skill. Even Metallica had a shrink for a while so it's important not to overlook that area or you will probably waste a lot of time.
Q. Where can people go to learn more about you and hear your music?
We have a number of sites where folks can check us out. Our main web site is www.corezeroband.com . We have links there to Facebook, MySpace, Reverbnation, Twitter, and several others. We also have several pages dedicated on that site to topics like street team, newsletter, band pics, music and merch downloads etc. There is also a page on the site with the most recent reviews that we have received and links back to the publications that printed them. If someone prefers a different vendor for our music we also have links to our tunes on iTunes, AmazonMP3, CD Baby, Shockhound and others.
Q. If you could play anywhere in the world or with anyone you wanted where and who would it be with?
I (Bryan) spent some time in Germany and would love to play either there or in the UK. I could list a whole bunch of folks we'd love to play with but some of the main ones would be Disturbed, Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Godsmack, Killswitch Engage or maybe even Lamb Of God, although we are not quite as heavy as they are.
Q. What has been your greatest experience so far either individually or as a whole?
The comraderie developed in a band where all the personalities work is great. It keeps the experience fun and even though there is a lot of work most fans don't realize, just having those relationships make it a great thing. After that I would have to say releasing the full length album has always been a dream of mine, so to actually physically hold it in my hand is pretty amazing.
Q. Do you have any upcoming events or news you would like to tell our readers about?
We do have a review that will be in the November edition of Music Connection Magazine. We may also have a film placement spot in an uncoming movie but I'll let more of that out once we have a solid confirmation. We have done shows in Colorado but are hoping to branch out this coming year depending on album sales etc. Recently we were informed that we passed the submission process for the Grammys and are now in the voting phase to see if we get a shot at a nomination. If you had told me that would happen 6 or 7 years ago I would've laughed! Very cool and exciting for us.
Q. Where do you see yourselves or hope to be in about 5 years?
In five years I see us with maybe 3 or 4 album releases under our belts and hopefully our part time job/hobby of music has now transitioned into a full time career. Touring would be fantastic especially if we could leave our day jobs behind and be financially secure while producing and performing our music. We love our fans and would love to have tons and tons more to go out and meet in person!