Genre blending artist Zero-B1 is a singer, songwriter, producer and musician based in London. The British-Nigerian creative has, like so many, battled staying true to his musical path throughout the many twists and turns of life.
His music is an infusion of cherry-picked elements of his favourite genres, tastefully blending and fusing Jazz, RnB, and Afrobeats aspects. Zero-B1’s writes the lyrics, produces and arranges all his songs.
His process starts with ideas generated from playing the guitar. Whilst his visions are crafted and brought to life from his home recording studio, his collaborations span globally, often with musicians met by networking online. This love of collaboration has inspired him to found the Zero-B1 Group: an elusive and eclectic group of individuals dedicated to making music that speaks to the heart.
How long have you been creating music?
Off on on..all my life. Since the 80s
Do you have a preferred genre?
Not really..depends on my mood. Old school 90s hip hop, jazz, afrobeat, lofi, Lovers Rock, rnb soul…neosoul, blues, motown.
Tell us about your latest song, EP, or album.
Its a love song dealing with the blossoming of love between friends. They can no longer hide their true feelings.
Are there any challenging aspects to writing and/or recording your music?
I write record and produce on my own. Sometimes the simplest of tasks can become difficult because I get too entrenched in what I’m creating. I can spend a long time agonising over what I think sounds right or wrong.
Has your style evolved since the beginning of you career?
Yes. I’m leaning a lot towards trying to merge jazz with afrobeat and soul. But my sound is reclectic. I just released a lofi EP called the Hi-Lofi Chronicles
What do you enjoy most about being a musician?
The creative process of conjuring up something from nothing. Time, space, feel, sound.
Playing live or recording in studio? Do you have a preference?
The live experience is always the most exhilarating. But the recording phase is the most spiritual. So, no I don’t. Lol.
Do you have a preference… vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?
Downloads. I only buy and collect vinyl as works of art. I don’t play them.
Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
The late greats Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, Nujabes, Bob Marley
Would you like to travel to other countries to perform your music? If so, what would be your first stop?
Are you currently working on any projects we should look out for?
I have an EP coming out on 22 April. It’s an eclectic mix of afrobeat
Is there something you would like to say, that we didn’t cover?
Thank you for showing love. It means a whole lot.