AboutZero 7 is a downtempo styled musical duo comprising of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker from the United Kingdom. The band's songs feature vocals from Mozez, Sia, Tina Dico, Sophie Barker, José González, and for the first time, Henry Binns providing backing vocals on the third album, The Garden.
After studying sound engineering, Binns and Hardaker began their careers in the music industry in the 1990s at a Mickie Most's RAK recording studio in London, engineering music for British musicians including Pet Shop Boys, Young Disciples and Robert Plant.
They contacted their friend and former college-mate Nigel Godrich, who was the producer for the band Radiohead, asking if he could give them some of the band's music to hone their skills with. The result was a remix of "Climbing Up The Walls" that appeared as a B-side of Radiohead's single "Karma Police".
That remix was played on Gilles Peterson's show on BBC Radio 1, leading to further remixing duties, beginning with Terry Callier's "Love Theme From Spartacus", followed by mixes for artists including Lenny Kravitz, Sneaker Pimps and Lambchop.
In 1999, they went on to release an EP of original material called "EP1", under the name Zero 7 (named after a Honduras nightclub).
In 2001, they released their debut album, Simple Things, to wide acclaim. The album featured collaborations with vocalists Mozez, Sia Furler, and Sophie Barker. The album was nominated for several awards including the Technics Mercury Award and Mercury's "Album of the Year" prize. They won the "Best Newcomer" award at the Muzik Awards. The album sold sufficient copies to become a gold record.
When they toured the album, including appearances at a number of music festivals, the live band consisted of Binns and Hardaker, their three vocalists and a host of other musicians (many of whom appeared on the album), sometimes numbering up to 20 performers on stage at once.
In 2002 Zero 7 released a DJ mix album for Azuli Records' Another Late Night series, which features various hip hop and chill out artists and also included a new track by the band, entitled "Truth & Rights".
In 2004, they released their second album, When It Falls. In addition to the three vocalists from their first album, it also featured a collaboration with Tina Dico.
In the same year, Binns also co-wrote the Emma Bunton track "Breathing" from her second solo album, Free Me. Binns and former Spice Girl Bunton will renew their working relationship for her forthcoming third album, due out in 2006.
Zero 7 have also been featured in various film and TV soundtracks, as well as lounge music compilations such as The Chillout Project by Philippine DJ Anton Ramos, and the Hôtel Costes compilation CDs. Their music appearances in movies and television are also apparent, most notably their songs "Destiny"(featured in Blue Crush and Raising Helen) and "In The Waiting Line"(on the Garden State soundtrack). Currently "Destiny" is featured on the Lacoste website.
Zero 7 have already completed the production of their third album, The Garden, which is scheduled to be released in May 15, 2006. Vocalists for this release include the returning Sia Furler, newcomer José Gonzalez and Zero 7's own Henry Binns on his singing debut.
"Futures" featuring José González, was released on March 13 in Limited Edition 12" and 7" formats along with digital download formats as the first single taken from the album, which included brand new b-sides - "Seeing Things" instrumental (12"), and "Dreaming" with vocals from Sia (7"). The next anticipated single is "Throw It All Away", an uptempo track featuring a duet with Sia and Henry Binns, which will be released on May 8, and will include the tracks "Thistles" and "Inaminute" as B-sides.