Billy Werner

Infobox musical artist
Name = Billy Werner



Img_capt = Werner and Hot Cross at the Cake Shop in NYC
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name =
Alias =
Born = 1977
Origin = Queens, New York
Instrument = Vocals
Genre = Screamo, Emo, Dance Music
Occupation = Singer, Songwriter, Dj
Years_active = 1997 – present
Label = Level Plane
URL = http://www.level-plane.com/hotcross
Notable_instruments =

Billy Werner was the lead singer for Hot Cross. [http://underthevolcano.net/article.php?content=issue96/f_hotcross.html Under The Volcano Fanzine: Still Living Under A Punk Rock: Punk, Hardcore And More! ] ] Previously he was the lead singer/songwriter for Saetia throughout the band's lifespan.

Background

Raised in Queens, New York, Werner earned an undergraduate degree at New York University and a graduate degree at King's College London.

Career

Billy formed Saetia in 1997 with Greg Drudy, Jamie Behar, and Alex Madara. During their short lifespan of two and a half years, they released a self-titled EP, a self-titled full length, and their full discography on "A Retrospective (Saetia album)". Billy wrote the lyrics, and sang vocals for the band. The band broke up in 1999, due to personal problems, to form bands such as Off Minor, The Fiction, and Billy's own band, Hot Cross. They are considered one of the most important Screamo bands, due to the release of their full discography as A Retrospective, and their 170+ shows.

Hot Cross was formed shortly after Saetia broke up in 2000, with former Saetia drummer, Patrick McFlurgin, Matt Smith, Casey Boland, and Josh Jakubowski. The band released "A New Set of Lungs", their first EP, in 2002, and then released their critically acclaimed record, "Cryonics", the "Fair Trades & Farewells" EP, and their latest record, "Risk Revival", all on Level Plane records, except for "Risk Revival" released on Equal Vision records. The band's music was similar to Saetia, featuring Billy's screamingwhispering vocals, but was considered more technical, especially when it came to their double guitar system Guitar. The band went on indefinite hiatus, cutting short their 2007 tour.

He also currently deejays under the moniker Billy W.

[http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/view.php?id=12962 Editor's Picks - 9/13/06 - philadelphia weekly online ] ]

ee also

*Saetia
*Hot Cross

External links

* [http://www.level-plane.com/saetia Official Site of Saetia]
* [http://www.level-plane.com/hotcross/ Official Site of Hot Cross]
* [http://www.blogger.com/profile/15466389646785886870 Billy's blog]
* [http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=115748 MySpace Profile]
* [http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=231676482 Myspace Music Profile]

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