Interview with Mike Gerdts of No One Zero

When was the band started, and how did “No One Zero” begin?

Originally, we started back in 2003 as an acoustic duo with Mike Gerdts on vocals and guitar and Jimmy Soots on guitar.  As we played at various parties and functions, we decided a full band had more potential.  So, with the additions of Matt Holsclaw on drums and Brian Coleman on bass, we started the full-blown version of N1Z.

Our lead guitarist, Jimmy, decided to leave the band in April 2007, but we were excited to gain Billy Adams, arguably one of the most talented guitarists in the Indy area.  Bill played with me in an acoustic duo called B-Side, as well as being the guitarist for an Indy local band, Hustler. Recently, Billy left the band to pursue other interests, and so No One Zero now consists of Matt on drums, Brandon Puckett, & myself.

N1Z has three shows coming up this summer starting on July 16th back home in Linton, August 6th in Indianapolis, then Linton Music Fest on Labor Day Weekend. The band is stoked to have our original guitarist, Jimmy Soots, back for those three shows filling in on guitars. Jimmy is a founding member and will hit the stage with us as a supporting guitarist.

You mentioned some personnel changes over time, but how else has the band evolved?

Basically our whole attitude has changed, We have ventured away from the bar scene in the last few years and focused more on bigger regional and national shows.

We started working with Joe Hyten of Beautiful Rage Promotions — hopping on national shows with bands like Seether, Chevelle, Sevendust, and Primus — and playing venues across the midwest. We were also fortunate enough to be invited by X103 (Indy’s rock station) to play Verizon Wireless Music Center on the Monster Energy Stage at Crue-Fest.

After a relentless run in 2009 through 2010 we took a break in late-November. We took some time off to enjoy personal time with family and re-group, so to speak. Earlier this year Brandon and I started to get back at it by writing new and more progressive material and working them into demo form.

Where do you find inspiration for the songs the band plays?

I can find inspiration for writing in the most unlikely times and places. The music is written with a less is more perspective leaning to progressive big guitars and melodic rhythm.  It is a natural fit for us.

Where do you see the band in future?

In the shorter term, N1Z has three shows coming up this summer starting on July 16th back home in Linton, August 6th in Indianapolis, then Linton Music Fest on Labor Day Weekend. The band is also stoked to have our original guitarist, Jimmy Soots, back for those three shows filling in on guitars. Jimmy is a founding member and will hit the stage with us as a supporting guitarist.

Longer term, it’s not so much about playing bars, but focused more on bigger regional and national shows.  Now we play for ourselves and our loyal fans.