Zero Zero - interview with Nicole Laurenne


Zero Zero Band


Dear Music Lovers,


Today’s release is an interview with Nicole Laurenne, singer and synths for

Zero Zero, (and also for the world acclaimed garage band The Love Me Nots).

Enjoy !


RockandRockets : What was the drive to put TLMN on hold for a while and get yourselves involved into Zero Zero ?

Nicole :The Love Me Nots haven't taken a proper break since it came into existence 6 years ago. Even when I was down with cancer, we were still recording and writing. So as we thought about whether we were ready to write a fifth Love Me Nots record, we all decided that it was a good time to breathe and recharge a little bit before we tackle the next album. Everyone needs to pause for inspiration sometimes! Michael and I are always working on other music, collaborating with lots of other musician friends, when we are not busy with TLMN, so when we realized we had a break coming up and that we really liked writing pop songs together, we figured it was a good time to explore that side of ourselves. After six straight years of eating nothing but chocolate, we're taking a moment to see what strawberry tastes like. So far it has been very refreshing.

RockandRockets : How & where did you meet Nick & why was he chosen for the side project ? vs Jay for instance (Jay Lien, drummer of TLMN).

Nicole :Jay lives on the other side of the country and works very hard to make TLMN tours and rehearsals happen despite his distance. We don't want to drag him around the world any more than we already are! One of Nick's other bands performed on a bill with TLMN. Nick was wearing a giant paper maché bunny costume and was pretty unforgettable. He came to a couple TLMN shows recently and we started chatting about all of our various projects. Nick is a very experienced touring musician and was really excited about the electro-pop ideas we had. So it seemed like a good fit, and good timing for all of us.

RockandRockets : Weren't you already on the tracks of Zero Zero while recordings parts of the Demon and the Devotee (TLMN's 4th LP)?

Nicole :Michael and I have always worked on music outside of The Love Me Nots recordings. We submit a lot of tracks for consideration for commercial uses and collaborate with many of our musician friends around the world on their projects. So we are always dabbling in many different genres. Some of the sounds you will hear from Zero Zero were written over the past couple of years, while we worked on TLMN tracks also. But the writing and recording for Zero Zero started in earnest just in the last few months.

RockandRockets : You "do it yourself" if I understood well : need for more independance ? Wanting to get rid of the traditional distribution channels ? (please specify)

Nicole :We have always enjoyed creative freedom - which means Michael and I can design the artwork, the sounds, the lyrics, the tracklist, the tour, and everything else connected with our music. Although we collaborate with Bad Reputation in France for much of The Love Me Nots' distribution outside of the USA, we haven't yet found the perfect label fit for either of our bands yet. If the right fit presents itself, we would be all over it! In the meantime, we like the freedom to juggle as much or as little as we can handle, without having to answer to anyone but each other. It's a bit scary, and very expensive, and definitely more work than anything else either of us have ever experienced in any other field before, but it's also the most rewarding thing in our lives to the two of us.

RockandRockets : Do you mix at home ?

Nicole :These first Zero Zero tracks have been entirely recorded and mixed at home, by Michael himself. He has buried himself in learning the technical side of mixing and editing, while I have buried myself in writing and recording the basic tracks. Our soundman for The Love Me Nots, James Coleman, has been a big help to us along with our good friend and local tech genius Alex Otto. And all of the tracks are mastered off-site at SAE Mastering here in Phoenix.

RockandRockets : Who has got what role in the project (besides the singing and the playing + the 'communication manager' being Karen) ?

Nicole :Nick will be doing Zero Zero’s booking, at least in the beginning as it gets off the ground. Karen Walker is helping us tremendously with publicity. Kim Cerniglia and Ryan Kohlman (from Fender) are the creative force behind the upcoming music video for the single “Drug”. Michael is handling design and mixing. Jamie Lopez is our stage and tour manager. Jim Coleman will be helping us out with live sound. I am handling merchandise ordering and accounting. It’s a great team, made up of people we love and trust.

RockandRockets : No usual merch should be expected : could you be more specific ?

Nicole :Not yet….but Zero Zero will not be pressing CDs. Stay tuned !

RockandRockets : When will the video teasers be fully released ?

Nicole :Our first video debuts September 13.

RockandRockets : A word about Tim would be welcome.

Nicole :Tim Sabic is an amazing graphic artist and videographer in Los Angeles. We met him while he was shooting a piece on The Love Me Nots for Rebel Music TV. Tim has been graciously putting together all kinds of video to help support Zero Zero – not only for video teasers and publicity, but also for our live show. We can’t wait to show off his work in this project also.


Thank you very much Nicole for this “long-distance interview”.


Zero Zero release party : The Roxy Lounge, Scottsdale, AZ, on 10/5


The Love Me Nots will be in France this week-end @ Eco-Festival du Cabaret Vert in Charleveille, France. They play on Saturday 8/25.

Don’t miss them ! Next time you see Nicole & Michael on stage, It will be as Zero Zero and not before April 2013.

@+ / bye / bis bald / saludos

Guillaume / Rockandrockets


PS : Buy music or bye-bye music !


Credits to James Patrick for the photo used in this article.

Zero Zero Logo design by Michael Johnny Walker

Links to Tim Sabic's video teasers of “Drug” and “Tear it Up” you will find on the Band's FB page :)


You want to know more about Zero Zero & The Love Me Nots, buy their music and merch, subscribe to their newsletters ?

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Zero Zero


Atomic A Go Go Records

Bad Reputation Records


The Love Me Nots

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