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Biohazard/Powerflo Guitarist Billy Graziadei Discusses Debut BillyBio Album, "Feed The Fire"

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With a career stretching over thirty years, Billy Graziadei is one of the most accomplished musicians in the history of hardcore. Initially receiving for his role as the vocalist/guitarist in Biohazard, Graziadei has also found success with bands like Suicide City and Powerflo, the latter of which he co-founded with Cypress Hill rapper Sen Dog. In just a few weeks, Graziadei will unleash another relentless monster into the world, when "Feed The Fire," the debut album from his solo project BioBilly hits the stores. I had the pleasure of asking Billy some questions about the project, as well as the status of Biohazard, the longevity of Powerflo and the social and global problems which shaped "Feed The Fire" into a ferocious beast.

Diamond Oz: Your debut album, "Feed The Fire" will be out in just a few weeks. Can you explain the meaning behind the title and what subjects are dealt with on the record?

Billy Graziadei: The new album Feed the Fire is a one-two jab in the face, over and over again. It’s not for the weak hearted, the sheep who don’t want to face the reality we live in. On this record, I hit the subjects that we are surrounded by every day. We live in a crazy world that appears more insane each day. The infighting amongst ourselves has become a giant distraction to the real issues that we need to face. It’s defiantly a record to get the blood pumping, not something you listen to while practicing yoga!

Oz: What would you say separates BillyBio from your previous work with Biohazard, Suicide City etc.?

Billy: I love everything about and being part of Biohazard and Powerflo. Suicide City was another great experience I had with some friends. For me, an artist doesn’t paint his painting then invite his friends over to comment on and change the colors he chose to use. BillyBio is me, pure and true, condensed and stream lined like a prize fighter. No bullshit, no fluff, just 100% raw and un-filtered.

Oz: You of course released the video for "Freedom's Never Free" last month. The song itself is extraordinarily fast and reminiscent of old hardcore like Minor Threat and early Agnostic Front. Is this a sound we can expect to hear more of on the album?

Billy: Like everything I’ve done in the past, this album is comprised of my influences from my youth. I don’t listen to too much new music for inspiration, those musical inspirations already happened when I was younger. I let the music come out of me as it flows and don’t try to push it in any particular direction. I do try to stay away from mumble rap and pop country though!

Oz: The song itself talks of rights being taken away and attempted suppression of the public. Many people were talking about these acts during the George W. Bush era. Do you feel America has become more of a restricted place since the 2000s and given the midterm election seems to show a divided nation, do you believe that America can heal itself of these divisions any time soon?

Billy: I think we, as a world, not just America, have crossed many lines that I never thought would be crossed. I don’t want to live in a world where everyone agrees with me, where everyone thinks like me. For example, I don’t eat meat but I don’t push that on people, it’s your right to eat meat if you choose. I respect those who feel strong about their views on being vegetarian and/or vegan but I also respect those who choose to not follow that personal choice. I’ve always had the utmost respect for those who stand up for those who can’t stand up for them selves!

Oz: You recently promoted the album by touring in Europe with Life Of Agony. How did the tour go?

Billy: I’ve been friends with Life of Agony since we were kids, I think we went through puberty together! This past tour had to be one of the funnest tours I’ve done in a long time! It was like with Biohazard the first time we went on tour. No one know who we were, no one knew our music. For the first few songs, not knowing what to expect, they stood there watching, listening, feeling the vibe…then eventually the heads started to bob and by the end of the show, they knew who we were! I’m looking forward to having the record out and going back on tour again!

Oz: You've also recently been very busy with Powerflo, which has received strong praise and an exciting reputation for live performances. Given the BillyBio project and Sen Dog’s dedication to Cypress Hill, do you see Powerflo as being a long term project?

Billy: Yes, this has been our plan all along. Originally Sen and I planned on dropping a Cypress Hill and Biohazard album this year. Currently Biohazard isn’t doing anything. We’re more of a vibe type of band, when the time is right, we get together and do something, I like it that way. The timing was perfect for me to launch BillyBio. All three bands will be around for a long time. We are currently working on new Powerflo due out next year.

Oz: I've seen a number of people comment about the BillyBio material that it's so good, they don't need a new Biohazard album now. Is this a sentiment you agree with?

Billy: I love the BillyBio record and for the first time in my career, the vision I had in my head of what I wanted the album to be, came true. Working with Tue Madsen on mixing was an honor and pleasure. We nailed it!

Oz: Since "Feed The Fire" will be out by the end of the year and you've completed your first European tour. What have you got planned for 2019?

Billy: I’ll be on tour probably for the rest of my life at this point. I’ll die doing BillyBio!

Oz: Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. I wish you only the best with the album.

Billy: Thanks for your time and support!

The debut Billybio album, "Feed The Fire" will be released through AFM Records on November 30th. You can check out the video for "Freedom's Not Free" below.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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