known for being the guitar/vocalist of one of the most powerful and
oldest American crossover hardcore rap metal bands from the good old
days, Biohazard. The band was formed in Brooklyn, New York back in the
year 1987. Being a fan from the band since the early nineties and having
seen them live plenty of times, since 1995 (Urban Discipline). It was a
real honor for Marco to talk to Billy himself at the Sound Of Revolution
Festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands!
Whatís up Billy? Are you excited to
play in The Netherlands again? It seems you have many friends over here,
in my opinion the Sound Of Revolution is the coolest hardcore festival
in The Netherlands!
Awesome, itís great to be here! It
wasnít supposed to happen, but itís because I am on tour with Life Of
Agony. They asked us to play the after-party, thatís great, tonight we
are filming a video. Actually itís a pre-party and an after-party for
today. Two shows in two days!
About your new album you did, damn
it nails! Sounds like fucking Biohazard meets Slayer! Are you satisfied
with the result and howís the feedback so far?
Wow, both are my two favourite bands!
Very satisfied, I produced the record myself and the guy who mixed it,
he fucking nailed it. It has aggression, itís very, very aggressive. The
opening track built it up and itís like the world is to me right now.
Every day you turn on the TV and something crazy is happening. Only
problems, fucking politicians, religions, everybody is fighting. When we
were younger something crazy was happening and six months later
something bad was happening again, but now itís every day!
Musically itís all my approaches. I do
everything, from metal to hardcore and punk rock. Itís all part of what
Whatís going on in the Biohazard
camp these days? New album and/or tour coming up and is Europe/The
Netherlands included in the tour schedule? Plus are you going to play
some Biohazard tunes tonight?
Right now, nothing is going on with
Biohazard. We are just not doing anything. (phone is ringingÖ..), Billy:
you have to answer the phone, it could be mom and very important hahaÖ
Billy: I have a funny story, itís about a band who opened for Biohazard
when we were on tour. There was a girl filming the concert. I grabbed
her telephone and looked for MOM in the phone, everybody got a MOM in
its telephone. So I phoned the mother and told her: Hi, itís the singer
from the band, your daughter is miss-behaving, hahaÖ
When I think of you I naturally
think of Biohazard and when I think of Biohazard I canít help but think
of the early 90s. I am a teenager of the 90s myself and I remember when
ĎUrban Disciplineí was released. Back then the music industry was still
strong. There was a whole new breed of bands coming up with Fear
Factory, Sepultura, Machine Head, Dog Eat Dog and you guys. It seemed
that hardcore and all metal subgenres were fading away, it was just as
accepted to listen to stuff bordering death metal as it was listening to
Biohazard. It was the time you guys played some pretty legendary gigs at
Dynamo Open Air, how do you look back on those days and the tolerance
between metal, hardcore and all subgenres? Even a lot of Hip Hop was
I think it was great back then. It was
a great time! There were no boundaries, no subgenres, people liked
metal. People liked Venom and people liked Biohazard and Sick Of It All
and Agnostic Front as they liked Anthrax. It was cool like that, I liked
it too. In the record store there werenít many sub-categories, I still
feel that way. I donít think itís that strong like it was back then, but
still similar. People are into different types of music. Look at the
Spotify playlists of todayís kids. It goes from Slayer to 50 cent to
Sick Of It All and then hopefully even Biohazard or something else. So I
think the generation of the nineties was getting more open-minded. Music
saves! My nephew is also autistic and is twelve years old and he is
amazing on piano. Music saves, it saves also my life. Itís a beautiful
great thing! If its death metal or classical music or country.
No offence Billy, but you are not
20 anymore. (Billy: I am 27 haha) How do you look at the need to stay
ďrelevantĒ. It is no secret you guys peaked in the early and mid-90s and
everybody remembers you for it. I just listened to your new solo album
and you still sound hungry and full of ideas. Your own legacy is a hard
thing to fight in some cases, I am an ex-musician, a boss of a record
company and magazine myself and I can relate to the feeling not wanting
to be a nostalgia act. Just look at Slayer who are playing their final
tour, those guys are all in their mid-50s and play very aggressive
music. They can release a new album and the press will give them a
polite review but everybody still wants to hear ĎRaining Bloodí and see
the band as they were in 1986. I want to know how you look at the
phenomenon and how you deal with it?
First of all I support your magazine
and the ideology behind it, but I donít fight my legacy. I am proud of
what I did and what I do and I am going be proud of what I am going to
do next year. I donít look at it as if I try to reinvent it. The solo
record will be just me. Biohazard is me with the other guys and Bio is
just me. You can see and you can hear it. Bio is my Rap style, you hear
the metal, you hear the punk rock and you hear the hardcore. Billy Bio
is just pure me! Thatís my legacy from the 90ís, and itís now 2018.
(Billy is doing a personal rap for us from being around the block).
Wicked very cool, he did that for us privately. I still do, I still
believe, I still love, the shit I did back then. The things I screamed
about when I was 17 havenít changed that much and now as a father it
affects my world more. I am more angry and more intense. Thatís my
secret to my 17: I donít do drugs and alcohol anymore. I did many years,
but not anymore.
Anyway, this is the end of our
chat! Kick some ass tonight! Please do you have a final message for us!
Expect a lot more from me, also with
my friends from Life Of Agony!
Patchman Marco for Headbanger Zine,
special credits go to Hans Hostile and Maurice Schreiber.
2018 - Feed The Fire
2017 - Powerflo
2018 - Bring That Shit Back! (EP)
1990 - Biohazard
1992 - Urban Discipline
1994 - State of the World Address
1996 - Mata Le„o
1999 - New World Disorder
2001 - Uncivilization
2003 - Kill or Be Killed
2005 - Means to an End
2012 - Reborn in Defiance