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The duo featuring singer Billy Joe Marrero (“Billy The Kidd”) and rapper Nick Young (“Nickey Knoxx”) have found recent success in sports sync licensing after their single “Champion” and cover of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” were featured on ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown, NFL Superbowl 50 and WWE 2015 Slammy Awards “Superstar of the Year” official theme song.
Marrero and Young met through Marrero’s cousin, who encouraged the two do a musical collaboration together. At first, the two were hesitant about creating music with one another.
Young revealed “His cousin said ‘Why don’t you do some songs with my cousin? He’s really good.’ I said, ‘Nah, not really my thing.’ Billy was thinking the same thing. Not trying to do the group thing. A couple years went by, and we hung out. One day we were like ‘Alright let’s mess around and do something.’ We made two songs and they were really good so we said ‘Hey, let’s make this a thing!’ So we did.”
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Today's the day! Our new single "Let the Fire Glow" is now live and loud. Here's an iTunes link to get you going, but you can also find it on Amazon.com, Spotify, and pretty much anywhere and everywhere else. It makes for a killer Fourth of July weekend soundtrack, so turn it up and burn it up and let the party begin! iTunes: http://apple.co/1TXJV9L #NewMusic #NewMusicFriday #LetTheFireGlow #iTunes #Spotify #4thOfJuly #EpochFailureA photo posted by Epoch Failure (@epochfailure) on Jul 1, 2016 at 12:03pm PDT
Today's the day! Our new single "Let the Fire Glow" is now live and loud. Here's an iTunes link to get you going, but you can also find it on Amazon.com, Spotify, and pretty much anywhere and everywhere else. It makes for a killer Fourth of July weekend soundtrack, so turn it up and burn it up and let the party begin! iTunes: http://apple.co/1TXJV9L #NewMusic #NewMusicFriday #LetTheFireGlow #iTunes #Spotify #4thOfJuly #EpochFailure
A photo posted by Epoch Failure (@epochfailure) on Jul 1, 2016 at 12:03pm PDT
In 2007, Marrero and his family were featured on ABC’s 20/20 in a segment about families living in extreme poverty. Following this, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition offered Marrero’s family a complete home renovation. The makeover provided Marrero with his own home studio equipment.
The hardships Marrero overcame while growing up in Camden, NJ are reflected through EPOCH FAILURE’s music. The duo’s song “Champion” exposes the positive mindset that Young and Marrero have, despite their adversities. “We’re champions,” says Young “we push through whatever obstacles are in our way.”
The duo’s newest single “Let The Fire Glow” shares a similar powerful message. “It has a good message to be accepting of each other and especially of yourself. Be yourself, and pour enough sweat into being who you are. Be comfortable in your own skin.” said Marrero.
“We’ve got to face some obstacles here and there,” added Young, “its kind of a reminder to ourselves. Don’t stop. You’re so close. Burn it up.”
When the duo uploaded their cover of “Livin’ On A Prayer” to YouTube last November, they received quite a positive response, including praise from Bon Jovi himself. The cover was posted on Bon Jovi’s website and social media accounts, along with a message from Bon Jovi and “Livin On a Prayer” co-writer, Desmond Child: “EPOCH FAILURE is a winner.”
Approaching Bon Jovi’s classic tune was challenging for the two. Marrero described, “Being such big fans of Bon Jovi and of the song and knowing what it means to so many people, we had to do it right. That song took forever and it was frustrating at times. I got to the point where I thought ‘I do not want to do this anymore.’”
“It was this weird balance of keeping it pure for us and also keeping it pure for the original fans. That was really hard.” added Young.
The positive feedback from Bon Jovi himself proved that Marrero and Young’s hard work paid off. Marrero described the moment he heard that Bon Jovi had shared the song: “I was sitting at home, just chilling out, having a beer. It was like a Monday night. Nick told me and I saw that Bon Jovi shared it on his social media. I choked up because I’ve always looked up to this guy. I’ve always loved his music. And to get that stamp of approval not from just his fans but the guy that wrote the song, the legend, Bon Jovi, was a very special moment. It made me feel like we were heading in the right direction with what we were doing.”
“For us, there’s no better vindication then the creator to say, “Hey, I like what you did with my song.” added Young.
EPOCH FAILURE has been playing some notable festivals, most recently Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2016. When asked if there was a particular act they would like to share the stage with at a festival in the future, the duo both agreed on Kanye West.
“Also, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole,” said Young “basically anyone who can match our energy cause we can go a little crazy.”
EPOCH FAILURE is currently awaiting the release of their music video for “Let The Fire Glow”. For the meantime, the duo plans to continue to write more tunes. Marrero shared: “Right now, we are still getting a lot of action with “Champion”. We have a few shows lined up. We will probably get back to the drawing board and get some music out.”
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Colleen Gill is studying communications at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and intends to graduate in 2017. Although some may refer to her as “quiet”, Colleen simply prefers to listen more than she speaks. She is very fond of attending rock concerts and never passes up the opportunity to go shopping.