Musician | Vocalist
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Billy Graziadei, founding member of Metal, Hardcore & Hip Hop pioneers BIOHAZARD. With over 5 million albums sold world-wide, Biohazard's video for the song Punishment was the most played video on Mtv's HeadBangers Ball. Graziadei recently co-founded the 2017 super-group POWERFLO with members of Cypress Hill, Fear Factory and Downset. Billy released his first solo album 'Feed the Fire' to critical acclaim on AFM records in the fall of 2018.
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.
“I’ve always wanted to do a solo release and the timing of everything that I have been working on just seemed to fall in place. I always let the creative juices flow, I don’t try and restrict them to fit a certain genre. With BILLYBIO, it’s 100% me. No influence from anyone else. This is who I am and what I’ve become.
Graziadei released his first solo release as BillyBio called “Feed the Fire” in November 2018 and has his second release entitled “Leaders and Liars” coming out in March 2022. Graziadei is currently producing the second release for Powerflo due out later in 2022.