Zero 7 Biography
Last updated: 01/01/2011 11:00:00 AM
They begun their career with a remix of Radioheads “Climbing Up Walls”, after that they did different remixes for famous artists like Lenny Kravitz, Lambchop and Terry Callier.
They were originally engineers, 30 year old Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. They did some studio work on the side, but after a while they got tired of sitting on the side and helping bad pop artists. That’s when they contacted their good friend and producer for Radiohead, Nigel Godrich, and asked if he could get hold of something from the giant band that they could play with. After a lot of hard work they presented the result to Radiohead, and they were so impressed that they chose to have the remix as a b-side on their hitsingle “Karma Police”.
Terry Callier was impressed over Zero 7’s remix and asked them if they could make a version of his gorgeous “Love Theme From Spartacus”. After several other remixes Henry and Sam decided to give out an EP, the 1000 copies were sold out in a few days. After the outstanding positive response they gave out their debut album “Simple Things,” which they got a Technics Mercury Award nomination for, a Mercury Music price and last, but not least the prestige full “Best newcomer” award from the English “Muzik Awards.”
Zero 7’s music style can be compared to Air, Massive Attack and David Holmes. The music magazine Mixmag described the album as “some Stevie Wonder, some John Barry and some sand dunes and saltwater.” Zero 7 goes under the category relaxing, inspiring jazzy electronic music.
With rising popularity they left on a tour through England and Europe, and they visited most of the large festivals through the summer and autumn 2001. They were on both Roskilde and the Quart festival. In London their concert was sold out for 2 months before they should play. In 2002 they planned to go further and tour in Japan and Australia.
The last addition to the successful Zero 7 is their collecting album “Anotherlatenight” were several artists has made new versions of old songs. Their last collecting album is called Zero 7 and has a new exclusive song from the duo. It follows the same track as Simple Things, and it sounds gorgeous. If you like Air, Radiohead, Portishead, St. Germain, David Holmes or Massive Attack, then try Zero 7!
Written by Silje