Billy Graziadei, otherwise known as BillyBio from Biohazard and Powerflo, has announced his first solo release, on AFM Records. Feed The Fire will be available November 30, 2018.
“With BillyBio, it’s 100% me. No influence from anyone else. This is who I am and what I’ve become. I’m a product of everyone I’ve met, talked with, shared my stories with…and a bit of their stories as well,” says Billy Graziadei.
Music has always been the central, unifying force in Billy Graziadei’s life. Early musical training took place on the Graziadei family’s old, forever out-of-tune upright piano and he began studying music under the guidance of his grandfather and uncle, both of whom he had always admired. So he expanded his musical vocabulary while growing up, finding inspiration in so many forms of music but it wasn’t until he stumbled into the underground world of punk-rock music that his musical taste was really sparked into growth.
Immersing himself in the sounds, perspective, and culture of the punk underground, Billy’s desire to create new, innovative music led him to the late 80’s hardcore scene in New York City, from Sunday matinee hardcore shows at CBGB’s to Friday night metal shows at Brooklyn’s L’Amour metal/rock club. It was here that he found his musical home and it was here that Billy helped form a band that would take the metal/hardcore scene by storm. It was the birth of Biohazard. As one of the first bands, they combined the urban sounds of hardcore, metal and rap with scorching lyrics describing the forces at work in our modern urban lives.
With an audio engineering degree and years of experience recording Biohazard, Graziadei opened Firewater Studios. This studio became an incubator for Billy’s creativity, where he continues to cultivate his talent while producing upcoming bands. During the years of touring with Biohazard, Graziadei collaborated with many
different musicians. As a result of this, the later friendship with Cypress Hill singer SenDog turned in 2016 into the supergroup Powerflo along with bassist Christian Olde Wolbers (Ex-Fear Factory) and guitarist Roy Lozano (Downset).
While Graziadei continues to work on new Powerflo songs as he tours around, he decided that the time finally has come for his solo venture: Billy Graziadei is BillyBio.