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Zero 7 Biography


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Birth Place: London, England
Years Active: 1999-present
Genres: Trip-hop, Downtempo, Shoegaze, Ambient Music, Acid Jazz


Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. The group members began their musical careers as studio engineers and in 1997 formed the group Zero 7.

In 1999, they released an EP of original material called “EP1.” In 2001, they released their debut album, “Simple Things” which featured collaborations with vocalists Mozez, Sia Furler, and Sophie Barker. The album was certified gold and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Live appearances after the album's release consisted of Binns and Hardaker, vocalists and other musicians, with as many as 20 performers on stage at once.

In 2002, Zero 7 released a DJ mix album for Azuli Records' “Late Night Tales|Another Late Night” series, which featured various hip hop and chill out artists and a cover of Johnny Osbourne's “Truth & Rights.”

In 2004, they released their second album, “When It Falls.” In addition to the three vocalists from their first album, it featured a collaboration with Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico. That same year, Binns co-wrote the Emma Bunton track “Breathing.”

Zero 7 released their third album, “The Garden,” in May 2006. The two vocalists featured on the album were Sia Furler, and José González. Binns also sang on the album. The name of the album was derived from the cover art, which was a collection of collages done by an artist friend.

In 2007 Binns and Hardaker created a band called Ingrid Eto, which has been described as a Zero 7 instrumental project. The band also released an EP under the alias of Kling, which like Ingrid Eto, was an experimental instrumental project. The tracks from Kling EP were later incorporated into Zero 7's fourth album, 2009’s “Yeah Ghost.” The album incorporated jazz and soul singer, Eska Mtungwazi, as well as folk artist Martha Tilston.

In 2010, the duo released a retrospective compilation album entitled “Record. “A two-disc special edition of “Record” contained exclusive remixes of notable songs from all four of their prior released studio albums.