Interview with Jasun Tipton, Zero Hour (November 5, 2005)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Jasun -
Troy , Mikey and I have been together for over 12 years. Our goal was to create very heavy, dynamic music using odd time signatures, tempo changes, lush clean tone passages with never-ending formats. A few year years later our first singer Erik joined the group and we released "Metamorphosis" and "The Towers of Avarice" off Sensory Record Worldwide. We released 2 CD's off Sensory records, played some amazing festival (Progpower USA , Progpower Europe, Headway Holland, Westfallen Germany , Ultrasound USA ) Zero Hour was able to headline club dates in the States and Europe and had the best experience. Our new release "A Fragile Mind" has a new singer and the CD has been receiving amazing reviews and we're very excited to have another CD out on Sensory Records. www.lasercd.com .

How has your new album been received by the media?
Jasun -
We've received great reviews thus far. I just got word that Zero Hour is number 2 in Heavy magazine ( Germany ) in their sound check page. Number 7 in Rock Hard Magazine ( Germany ) sound check page. Received 6 out of 7 in Metal Hammer ( Germany ). Many more are to come out throughout the World and this is a very good start to Zero Hour's "A Fragile Mind". The fans have been great for waiting this long for another release and a large majority of the fans are enjoying the CD very much.

I know artists donít like to put a label on their music - but a spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to an alien from another galaxy?
Jasun -
Zero Hour's style is Dark, Heavy, technical music using odd time signatures, tempo changes with beautiful, lush clean tone passages to make the material very dynamic. Our style is progressive but also very cinematic throughout the material.

If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Jasun -
Zero Hour has many emotions because the music is all over the place and very dynamic. Heavy, insane technical patterns to make you grip your seat along with beautiful clean tone passages to give you chills.

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
Jasun -
These days it always comes to me driving home from band rehearsal. Sometimes when you run flat from rehearsal, as soon as you're out of the studio driving it just clicks in your brain what you want to do and just makes sense.

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Jasun -
"A Fragile Mind" the lyrics were written by Fred and Troy . What inspired them I really can't say. Unfortunately neither is present in this interview.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Jasun -
Dino Alden has done all the Zero Hour CD's and the production is out of this World. Dino is easily one of the best and a great guy too. Without him, I feel the sound would suffer a little because he's perfect with Zero Hour, the 5th member you might say.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Jasun -
Travis Smith does the artwork for Zero Hour and it's extremely important for the artist to capture the representation of the CD. Travis is amazing.

Do you have any touring plans?
Jasun -
2006 will bring Zero Hour out to play live. At this moment we haven't set up live dates because the band is in the pre-production stage for our next release.

Let's speculate - you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice - who would be your ideal touring partners?
Jasun -
Opeth, Dream Theater, Nevermore. Tool and we would love to play with Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan, even if we were a bit out of place.

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Jasun -
Ken Golden of Sensory has been very good to us and I have a ton of respect for Ken.

The internet is a very important source for many metal fans - how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Jasun -
The internet  was a huge reason for us getting signed and growing a fan-base. The internet is a must for all bands.

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Jasun -
It's growing here in the States and that's great. It has a ways to go but it's great to have a Metal scene again.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Jasun -
I have too many favourites and that would be way tough to break down.

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life and why?
Jasun -
Elvis made me love music. My dad would play Elvis all the time when I was a kid and I just dug it. When I heard Jason Becker and Buckethead, that's what made me want to become the player I am today.

Which music do you listen to at home?
Jasun -
At the moment I'm listening to Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, Opeth and a track (Track 4) off the new Between the Buried and me is a good listen.

Vinyl has had a small comeback lately - do you still prefer "the old sound" or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
Jasun -
I like both but I prefer CD's because my records take up too much space.

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Jasun -
Thanks for everyone's support towards Zero Hour and be out on the lookout for Zero Hour in 2006. YOU ALL RULE!!!! Many thank you's for the interview as well.

Zero Hour - A Fragile Mind

Album out on The Laser's Edge / Sensory Records.

Click on the album to see more info on Zero Hour.