BTD Radio Interviews, Zero Minus One
BTD Radio Interviews, Zero Minus One
Beyond the Dawn Radio welcomes to the studio, Zero Minus One!
The first time we aired one of your tunes on our show, I was in love. Your band rocks, I am overly excited to get started with this interview and learn more about your band. I see you are from La Crosse, WI… where is that close too?
Zero Minus One: La Crosse is right on the border of western Wisconsin on the Mississippi River. Jump on the Interstate and head north 150 miles you’re in the Twin Cities. Head east you hit Madison in about 130 miles and if you go another 70 miles you’re in Milwaukee.
Could you go around the room and introduce the band? Who plays what?
Zero Minus One: We Have myself Jason Ziegler on vocals. Abbey Lane on vocals as well. Ryan Antony on guitar. Jeff Pfaff on guitar. Dustin Kennedy on bass and Dan Hohlfeld on drums.
I really love the power of a male and female singing together. How did you pair up? Getting voices to sync up is rather hard, when or how did you discover that this was a perfect match?
Zero Minus One: Well, We are defiantly a pair because we’ve been in a relationship for almost three years. I discovered Abbey playing in a band a little over three years back and fell in love with what she brought to the stage and everything else. At that time she was playing guitar and singing in a local cover band and had written a couple original tunes also. Not something you see everyday, so as a huge music fan I was impressed. After showing up to a few more of her shows I finally landed a date and fast forward to now. We are a couple, singing together and writing our own music in Zero Minus One.
The name of your band is so unusual which I love. Could you tell our listeners how you came up with the name?
Zero Minus One: The band name was probably the most difficult part. If I remember right, we had most of the album written before we even decided on a name. So, after scratching off more than 30+ plus names of the dry erase board we picked the one Ryan came up with. Zero Minus One meaning not negative one, but we are not one without each other. We all bring something to the band that we think makes us unique and all have a big part in all the songs we write.
Your music is dripping with awesome rock’ness, how would you convince a country music fan to listen to your music?
Zero Minus One: Our message and stories we tell in our music. Even a country listener or a pop music fan could relate to the stories we tell in our songs. That’s another thing we like about our music. We don’t appeal to one type of listener. Our songs cover the whole spectrum of rock music. We can connect to a metal fan and the average modern rock listener. We also have plans for a acoustic song on the next album.
I hear you have a new EP out? Could you tell our listeners about this new EP?
Zero Minus One: Its a melting pot of many different rock influences. Each song top to bottom has a sound of its own. None of the songs sound the same because we take pride in taking all of our musical influences and piecing them together into thought provoking music with feeling. We think we are only scratching the surface with this first album. We want to top what we have already recorded and grow even more as artist.
I am totally digging your song “Decibels In Dreams.”
What is this song about? Zero Minus One: That’s a special song to myself (Jason). I remember when Ryan brought it to the table and remember the exact day I wrote the lyrics for it. I wrote it the day before Christmas Eve 2013 when I had the whole house to myself because Abbey and the kids were visiting family. The word Decibels In Dreams was a band name we scratched off the list but after listening to Ryan’s guitar part I could hear those words being spoken by his guitar. I just spun off of the meaning of the name into a story. It’s basically about a character thinking he is having a dream when all along he isn’t a person at all. He or she is just and imagination in someone else’s dream and not real at all. Writing music is about using your imagination and creating something that draws the listener in. I think this song does just that.
I think I have figured out why I like your band so much because you sound a lot like the band “Tool” which I love. Do you get tagged with that reference often? Do you like that? Who are your influences?
Zero Minus One: To be honest we have no idea who we sound like. When we filled that part out we were grasping at straws. These came from people that have heard us in other bands and made comparisons. The Tool reference came from people over the years saying myself (Jason) sounded like Maynard James Keenan. Only because I could do a killer cover of the song Sober. I don’t think we could ever live up to that name. Tool is on another planet.
Who does the song writing in your band? How does your song writing process start?
Zero Minus One: It really starts with Ryan. He is a riff machine. He has recorded ideas over the years that never became songs. Now he has a group that can make them complete. Ryan has a strong metal background so we have to beg him to slow his riff ideas down, insert smiley face. Abbey and I most times can pick up on something quickly and run with it. Lay vocals on top of it and see if it jells. Myself (Jason) actually hear words in what he is playing. So you might be able to pick up that I’m singing along with the guitar melodies on a lot of songs. We as a group keep adding layer upon layer until its whole. Kind of like creating a onion.
So I have never been to a “Zero Minus One” show before. If I was in the audience what would I see? How long would the show last?
Zero Minus One: The stage is like a big bee hive of high energy. Abbey is the queen bee in a way. We recently added Jeff to the second guitar spot who didn’t record the second guitar parts on the album that Ryan did. He added even more intensity to our live show. Just look at the pictures on our Facebook. You can tell by the looks on our faces that we are bringing it. We take pride in not having dead air in between songs by playing intro samples to most of our songs. We currently only have a forty minute set. Were playing the whole EP plus two newer songs that will be on the next album. For the most part that is all we are allowed to play when playing with three to four other bands. We do throw in an In This Moment song. Our goal defiantly is to keep building to our set and put on the best show possible.
Will you be touring for this new EP?
Zero Minus One: Unfortunately, we all have full time jobs and cant be full time musicians at this time. We would love nothing more than to travel the United States and play our music to the masses. For now were going to play the Midwest to anybody that is willing to give us a chance. The industry is really hard and opportunities are not going to be handed to you. Hopefully with hard work we can branch out and reach more audiences and live the dream.
While I am on the subject of touring, what venue would you say was your most favorite to play at? What venue was your least favorite? Now you know I want to know “why” on both of these.
Zero Minus One: We couldn’t imagine at this point having a least favorite venue. If you believe in us, then we believe in your venue. If you promote us and give us a chance to shine. We are going to promote and try our best not to let you down by putting on a great show. We just came off a successful CD release show at The Cavalier Theater is La Crosse. It was to this date the largest stage we got to play on. We really enjoyed the room to move around. So that is our favorite so far, but the journey has just begun.
Ok… you are heading to the studio to record a new song and I am a long for the ride. Take me through a recording session day. Now I would like to help, not sit on the coach or get coffee… what would I do?
Zero Minus One: Well we could have used anyone that could give off body heat during the recording of Heroes. I swear it was 10-20 below zero every time we went to the studio this last winter in Wisconsin. We are not a band that is afraid to have a cocktail either. So a trip to the liquor store might have been on your to do list (insert smiley face). But we are always looking for a extra outside ear to listen in on what we are laying down and give us some advise on if it sounds good or not.
I know, some of our questions are not the norm but we love to get to know the band on a personal side as well so, what does the band like to do on their day off?
Zero Minus One: Well family comes first when were not rocking. Our families sacrifice a lot so we can do what we do. But we’ve all attended other concerts together as a band and took notes. We look up to the bands out there tearing up the stage. We look at it as raising the bar as performers and what we can do to make our live shows better. But we frolic to the local watering hole for a drink to unwind after a intense rehearsal also. But now that summer is upon us we recently hit the golf course together.
We would love for you to tell our listeners where they can find your music? If you have any special shout-outs, please feel free to do them now.
You can download the EP on iTunes at the following link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heroes-ep/id882072228
Stream us on Reverb Nation at www.reverbnation.com/zerominusone
Like us on Facebook and check out all the photos at www.facebook.com/ZEROMINUSONEBAND
Follow us on twitter at www.twittter.com/ZeRoMiNuSoNe1
Check out our lyric video,video logs of the making of Heroes and live videos at You Tube https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=zero+minus+one
Zero Minus One: Defiantly a special shout out to our fans. Some of them have sowed up for every show. Bought our CD and all the different styles of our T-Shirts. Their support makes us feel like we are really rock stars.