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Meet Peruvian rock star Carlos Li Carrillo from Time Cero – Chasing Tunes interview

Time Cero are a rock/alternative/metal band based in Lima, Peru and fronted by their creator Carlos Li.

Chasing Tunes met up with the electro metal guru Carlos Li and this is what he had to say:

Time Cero – Interview

TC Carlos

How would you describe your music ?

Time Cero has a wide variety of different genres such as Rock, Pop, Metal, Industrial, Gothic and Dance combined in a unique style. The lyrics contain powerful thoughtful messages and metaphors with a dark but positive direction.

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist or band ?

My biggest challenge was in a previous band when dealing with people trying to take authorship of my musical compositions and ideas.

What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs ?

It really varies, but it is mainly personal thoughts, opinions and life experiences mixed with metaphors that give way to different interpretations depending on who is reading.

Is your family musical ?

Yes, from my mother’s side. She is a poet and musician. My Grand Uncle was a famous composer and piano player, and my Grandfather played the accordion. My cousin from the same side is now the Director of the National Symphonic Orchestra in Peru.

What instruments do you play ?

I play the piano, synth, guitar, bass, double bass, and sequencer. However, for live concerts and gigs I am the Bass player as this is my main instrument.

What’s the full Time Cero Line up ?

Coqui Tramontana – Lead Guitar
Diana Foronda – Vocals
Michel Lovon – Lead Vocals
Pier de Bernardi – Drums, Cymbals
Carlos Li Carrillo – Bass, Synths, Sequencer, Guitar

CT: Thanks Carlos

More about Time Cero

Carlos Carrillo is the leader of the band and he moved to Boston USA when he was 18 years old.
During his teenage years in Lima, Peru in the mid 80’s, Carlos was the bass player and co-writer of Thrash Metal band “Curriculum Mortis”.

Their first material was recently released on a U.S. vinyl edition and sold out 1000+ copies in the first year of release.

During the early 90’s Carlos was in the Progressive Rock band called ‘Avispon Verde’ and recorded 2 records while gigging regularly across the Lima alternative rock scene.

In the late 90’s Carlos relocated to Hong Kong where he was influenced by numerous music genres and sounds from different parts of the world delving into digital recording and electronic

In 2001 while Carlos was travelling around the world, he created Novalima an Electronic collective band. The band mixed different grooves and singers from the around the world with Afroperuvian vocals and percussions.

Novalima became a big success with its first self-titled album on the Lima music scene and they soon signed their ” Afro” album with Mr. Bongo Records based in the U.K.

The song Machete was licensed to the world famous Robert Rodriguez “Machete” movie starring Danny Trejo and Robert De Niro. Later on Novalima released the album Coba Coba which was
nominated for the 10th Latin Grammy as Best Alternative Record.

It was after producing one more album in his previous band that Carlos decided to move into different directions and started his current solo project called Time Cero.

Time Cero mixes a combination of styles ranging from Industrial Metal and Rock sounds to tribal and dance percussion. The project was recorded in Lima, Peru and was mixed and
mastered by Kevin Paul in London.

Kevin Paul was the head engineer of Mute records and has mixed known bands such as Nick Cave, David Bowie and Depeche Mode. In June 2016, Kevin Paul joined Carlos in Lima,Peru
to mix the Surround 5.1 version of the Time Cero album which will be released worldwide on DVD a few months after the digital Stereo release this November.

Carlos said ” When I learned that Kevin Paul had mixed the full Depeche Mode Discography Boxset in 5.1 Surround, I knew I wanted him to also do it with Time Cero. The great thing was
that for him it seemed the songs where already recorded to be mixed in surround so the mixing process was very smooth.

While in Lima Kevin had the chance to meet with most of
the musicians that participated in the Time Cero recordings which gave him an additional understanding of their sound”.

Time Cero features many different musicians including Coqui Tramontana ( Lead Guitar ), Diana Foronda ( Vocals ), Michel Lovon ( Lead Vocals ), Pier de Bernardi ( Drums ) and Carlos Li Carrillo on bass, synths, sequencers and rhythm Guitar.

There will be an opening series of concerts during January-MarcIn Spring 2017 “Time Cero” will be on a UK tour with the UK Label “Holier Than Thou” as P.R and booking agent.

The brand new single off the album is “Time Cero”.

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