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Even before the beginning of his career as a recording artist, Zero knew that music was more than just an expression of random thoughts. As a youth, he discovered Bob Marley and was moved to create poetry that not only inspired others, but helped to affirm his identity as well. Writing songs for the people would take him on a journey that would span across different genres, as well as different parts of the world.
After growing up in Los Angeles and being a founding member of the legendary reggae band Quinto Sol, Zero moved up to Santa Cruz, California where he began to immerse himself more and more into the message of Hip Hop. For the first time, he realized that he could deliver socially conscious messages without having to be the greatest vocal singer. Hip Hop represented the poetry dedicated to the common people. At the same time, Zero was not only searching for his identity as an artist, but as a person as well. After taking a trip to Mexico, it started becoming clear to him that all of the converging forces in his life were not a coincidence. As his knowledge and love for the Mexica culture grew, through a combination of traditional ceremony, books, and experience, he incorporated these elements into his music.
After overseeing the compilation Kalpulli, a well-received album in the Chicano community, Zero felt it was time to produce his own Hip Hop project. Along with group members Victor E and Erise, the group EL Vuh was born. The trio would use this platform to express the ideology of the Mexica and Mayan philosophies, spreading their powerful message through a library of classic Hip Hop albums. Zero would end up with production and writing credit for the duration of El Vuh, making a name for himself across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Following a successful tour in Mexico City that culminated with a performance at the world famous music festival Vive Latino, along with a collaboration featuring Roco Pachukote of Maldita Vecindad, the group decided to go their separate ways. Although El Vuh had made their mark, Zero saw this as another cycle, a natural process of his continuance growth and evolution as an artist.
Now with his first solo release, And Then There Was Zero, the blueprint of Zero’s progression and refinement of his art is in full display. The message of the ancestors is still at the center of his poetry, and his production on the new album is indicative of his transformation in the new cycle. In the Mayan philosophy, the conceptualization of zero is expressed in many different ways. Most importantly, zero represents an expanse of time that has no expressed beginning or end. The journey of Zero continues…