Billy Graziadei

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Billy Graziadei
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Background information
Origin (1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 48)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Heavy metal, groove metal, alternative metal, rap metal, hardcore punk, nu metal, crossover thrash
Instruments Guitar, Vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels
Associated acts Biohazard, Blood for Blood, Powerflo, Roadrunner United, Suicide City
Website biohazard.com
roadrunnerrecords.com/rrunited/
suicidecity.com
undergroundsoundstudios.com

William "Billy" Graziadei (born July 28, 1969) is an American musician who is best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of Biohazard[1][2]. Graziadei is also the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Powerflo; in addition, he is the former rhythm guitarist for Suicide City.[3][4][5][6] Graziadei also performed as part of the Roadrunner United project in 2005[7] as well as Blood for Blood in 2010.[8]

Additionally, through his music, Graziadei frequently speaks about the realities of inner city life in New York City while promoting tolerance, speaking out against racism and opposing drug abuse.[9][10][11] Graziadei is the owner of Los Angeles based Firewater Studios.[12][13] [14]

Biohazard[edit]

In 1987, Graziadei became a member of Biohazard alongside Evan Seinfeld, Anthony Meo and Bobby Hambel.[15] Through their music, the band has promoted tolerance, opposed racism, spoken out against drug abuse all while speaking about the realities of inner city life.[16][17][18]

Reunion of Biohazard[edit]

In 2008, Evan Seinfeld, Billy Graziadei, Danny Schuler and Bobby Hambel announced that the band was planning a tour to celebrate the Biohazard's 20th anniversary.[19]

Powerflo[edit]

In 2017, Graziadei formed a new band named Powerflo, the group features lead vocalist Senen Reyes, lead guitarist Roy Lozano, bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, and drummer Fernando Schaefer. Graziadei is the band's rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist.[20]

Other projects[edit]

Firewater Studios[edit]

In 2000, the band renovated their rehearsal space creating a digital recording studio in downtown Brooklyn, New York[21] named Rat Piss Studios;[22] in 2005, while working on Means to an End, their eighth studio album, the band opened the larger and less expensive Underground Sound Studios in South Amboy, New Jersey, leaving Rat Piss Studios behind.[23] In 2010, Graziadei moved his recording space to Los Angeles, California changing its name to Firewater Studios.[24]

Suicide City[edit]

In 2004, Graziadei started Suicide City with Groovenics singer Karl Bernholtz, Groovenics/Ghost Fight guitarist A. J. Marchetta, Kittie bassist Jennifer Arroyo and New York drummer Danny Lamagna.[25]

Roadrunner United[edit]

In December 2005, Graziadei and Evan Seinfeld performed Biohazard's "Punishment" with Dino Cazares of Fear Factory, Andreas Kisser of Sepultura, Adam Duce of Machine Head and Joey Jordison of Slipknot. This recording was released on the Roadrunner United: The Concert DVD three years later.[26]

Blood for Blood[edit]

In 2010, Graziadei was selected by Boston hardcore band Blood for Blood to fill in for their former guitarist Rob Lind.[27]

Martial Arts[edit]

Graziadei has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for several years, holding a Black Belt in the art, he trains under UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie and his sons Ryron and Rener at their school in Torrance, California.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billy Graziadei AllMusic" AMG Obtained December 7, 2011
  2. ^ "Biohazard discography, videos, mp3, biography, review, lyrics, photos, line up - Metalship encyclopedia" Metalship Obtained December 7, 2011
  3. ^ "Billy Graziadei Biography & Awards Billboard.com" Billboard.com Obtained December 7, 2011
  4. ^ "Billy Graziadei Biography - AOL Music" AOL Canada Obtained December 7, 2011
  5. ^ "Suicide City Biography & Awards Billboard.com" Billboard.com Obtained December 7, 2011
  6. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SUICIDE CITY Video Interview Posted Online" BLABBERMOUTH.NET Obtained December 7, 2011[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "ROADRUNNER UNITED CONCERT SETLIST" Roadrunner Records Obtained December 7, 2011
  8. ^ "BIOHAZARD Guitarist To Tour With Reunited BLOOD FOR BLOOD" Blabbermouth.net June 20, 2010 Obtained December 9, 2011 Archived July 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Biohazard: Black And White And Red All Over Lyrics" sing365.com Obtained January 30, 2012
  10. ^ "Biohazard|AllMusic" allmusic Obtained January 30, 2012
  11. ^ "Urban Discipline - Biohazard|AllMusic" allmusic Obtained January 30, 2012
  12. ^ "WELCOME TO FIREWATER STUDIOS" Firewater Studios Obtained December 12, 2011
  13. ^ "Timothy Waite Named Head of Production at Hermosa Beach Venue Saint Rocke" Musicians Institute, December 06, 2011 Obtained December 12, 2011" Firewater Studios Obtained December 12, 2011
  14. ^ "Billy Graziadei AllMusic" AMG Obtained December 7, 2011
  15. ^ "Sunday Old School: Biohazard" Metal Underground.com, June 12, 2011 Obtained December 19, 2011
  16. ^ "Biohazard: Black And White And Red All Over Lyrics" sing365.com Obtained January 30, 2012
  17. ^ "Biohazard|AllMusic" allmusic Obtained January 30, 2012
  18. ^ "Urban Discipline - Biohazard|AllMusic" allmusic Obtained January 30, 2012
  19. ^ "Biohazard: Original Lineup To Reform For 20th Anniversary". Komodo Rock. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  20. ^ "POWERFLO Feat. BIOHAZARD, CYPRESS HILL, Ex-FEAR FACTORY Members: 'Resistance' Lyric Video". blabbermouth.net. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  21. ^ "BIOHAZARD" Archaic Magazine, May 8, 2006 Obtained December 28, 2011
  22. ^ "BIOHAZARD" Pitchfork Hardwear 2004 Obtained December 28, 2011
  23. ^ "Return to Teradise Tera Patrick Stars intitleThe Original Lineup of Biohazard Tours Australia & New Zealand" Pornstar Portraits.com Obtained December 28, 2011
  24. ^ "FIREWATER STUDIOS" Firewater Studios Obtained February 5, 2012
  25. ^ "SUICIDE CITY: Video Interview Posted Online" Blabbermouth.net, November 23, 2009 Obtained December 20, 2011[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ "New Roadrunner United DVD Clips Posted Online" MetalUnderground.com Obtained December 24, 2011
  27. ^ "BIOHAZARD Guitarist To Tour With Reunited BLOOD FOR BLOOD" Blabbermouth.net, June 20, 2010 Obtained December 20, 2011 Archived July 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy >> Official Belt Rankings

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