Four musicians came together in the spring of 2004 to build a band that would later usher in a new musical era, with their vision of a unique formula of aggression, melody, showmanship, and professionalism. This formula would propel the unit known as Thirty Ought six from obscurity, to a well respected fixture in Central Ohio and in the Virtual world. With the release of their first independent self-titled EP produced by Joe Viers (John Schwab Recording), it was clear that the proverbial bar was set. From that point on, the band hit the ground running, diligently working to raise it ever higher. Rewarded with immediate local success, the band took their energetic presence regionally to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Illinois, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Their fan base was widening through their live performances, and taking off over the Internet with the launch of their new website and Myspace. With the exclusive Myspace release of another 4-song demo in the fall of 2005, it was clear to their listeners that the band had truly found its sound. In a few months time, they had increased their friend base from a few hundred to over twelve thousand, with an apparent draw to the 12 to 25 year age group. They also produced and directed their own full-length DVD movie, complete with theatrical videos, live footage, and homage to the local music scene. This was a pinnacle in their career, as it proved to the skeptics that Thirty Ought Six was here to stay. Thirty Ought’s Internet notoriety propelled many opportunities, the first of which was Guitarist Derrick Zajacs endorsement with Godin guitars. They were also chosen as one of the top 20 bands on myspace out of 53,000, to take part in the Scarface videogame sound track contest. Their high profile grew as a result and was picked to be on several Compilation CDs, including releases by Mix Net, Wind and Rain, Cringe, and Strength in Numbers. They also inspired write-ups in the OSU newspaper, U Weekly and more recently featured on the cover of Columbus new arts magazine Homegrown Hero. They are not immune to Internet press either, with various pod casts on the Columbus Dispatch, video play on Comcast cable, and airplay on countless Internet radio shows. They continue to draw radio support from their home town radio station 99.7 the Blitz, and have been featured numerous times on their spot-light show Local Stuff with Hannibal as well as "choose it or loose it" which puts bands up against other bands in regular rotation, where listeners call in and vote. Thirty Ought Six dominated beating: Korn, Incubus, Breaking Ben, Buck Cherry, Papa Roach, Sevendust, Stone Sour and more. The band also advanced to the FINALS in the Zippo Hot Tour national contest. Which placed the band again in the top 10 unsigned bands in the country. They have recently finished and will be releasing their new album titled “Amazing Attractions For Rebellion” on Tuesday May 22nd 2007, with their Album Release Party following that date on May 26th. They have also been selected by MTV2 to appear on their new show called “Band On The Rise”, which will feature a sit down interview with the band and Thirty Ought Six’s music video of “Adios”, which will air sometime this summer.
Brent Billet - Vocals
Derrick Zajac - Guitar
Sean Miller - Bass
Tim Dillard - Drums
2003 – Demo EP
2004 – Self Titled EP (30ot6)
2005 – 30ot6 DVD (The Movie)
2005 – Cringe.com Compilation
2005 – S.I.N. CD Compilation
2005 – New Four-Song Promo
2005 – MixNet Nationwide Compilation
2006 – Wind And Rain Records Compilation
2007 - Thirty Ought Six - Amazing Attractions For Rebellion
Tracks - AKA, Adios, Mannaquin, Thinking Of You, Thinking Of Me, Makeshift, Sugar Pill, The Fifth, and Two Years And 351 Miles have recieved radio airplay.
Two Years And 351 Miles (Press)
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Two years and 351 miles By Erin M. Nye Taking its name from a style of gun, the concept for 30ot...Two years and 351 miles
By Erin M. Nye
Taking its name from a style of gun, the concept for 30ot6 came about three years ago when founding members Brent Billet and Derrick Zajac met on the now-defunct website columbusmusicscene.com. The duo set out to create a sound with groove, melody and aggression in equal parts.
They spent a year and a half writing songs that were heavily influenced by Mike Patton of Faith No More. However, even though the material was there, 30ot6 as a band faced many trials and tribulations trying to find the necessary ingredients to make the band a success, the most pressing problem was finding like-minded bandmates.
Eventually the two met Sean Miller. “Sean showed up to one practice and very bluntly said, am I in or what,” recalled Zajac. “He was very blunt about it!”
From there, they were introduced to drummer Tim Dillard and the band we know today as 30ot6 was born.
Derrick Zajac’s guitars provided the melody, Sean Miller’s bass provided the groove and the aggression was found in Brent Billet’s powerful vocals and the hard hitting beats in Tim Dillard’s drums. After finally getting the talent – and enough songs – in place, the group recorded a seven song self-released album. Recorded at John Schwab Studios in Columbus and produced by Joe Viers, the self-titled disc offers a cornucopia for any music lover with hard hitting guitars, catchy lyrics that will stick in your head for days, and a groovy back beat you could dance to.
After recording the album 30ot6 started doing shows again, but not to the point of over-extension. The group found unique ways of staying in the consciousness of Columbus rock fans without taxing its fan base by going to other local shows and passing out free copies of the disc to anyone that would listen, showering cars with flyers and sending out emails to the masses.
“We wanted to spend more time getting crowds hyped for shows by not playing as often as some of our counterparts,” said Billet “By playing too often we were finding that people were less inspired to come out – they would have excuses such as I was just there last night or last weekend. We completely understood that people had other things to do and we didn’t want to over saturate.”
In August, 30ot6 was invited to play at the XMG Music Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. At this event the group played two songs for top record executives in the country and was up against over 300 other talented bands. Several fans from Columbus traveled up I-71 to cheer the boys on along with other elite from the Columbus area
“The executives gave us a lot of positive feedback,” said Billet. They were instructed to get into the studio immediately to create a follow up to their self titled debut. Taking the advice to heart, 30ot6 is preparing new material to do just that.
That’s not the only break the band has received recently: Derrick Zajac was recognized and endorsed by Godin Guitars, a company which also endorses the likes of Ritchie Blackmore, George Clinton and Billy Corgan.
On Saturday, November 5, 30ot6 will be releasing it’s highly anticipated DVD. The DVD features five self-produced videos from the band’s debut album. Rounding out the two-plus hours of footage will be live performances of the two new songs “Sugar Pill” and “Note to Self” that took place at the Alrosa Villa, as well as humorous looks at the Columbus Local Scene, an interview and studio footage.
The band is holding a release party for the DVD that starts at 7:00 pm that evening at CBR’s. It will be hosted by Hannibal of 99.7 The Blitz. The first 100 fans will receive a free demo of four new songs that will be recorded for the band’s forthcoming sophomore release and the DVD will be for sale for only $5.00.
Fans will be treated to performances by local groups Sighlo, Silent Surface and 9GT and following 30ot6’s headlining performance, local comedian Hoople Jeff will be doing an acoustic set. There will even be an interactive Wet T-shirt Contest.
“The party will be the first of its kind in Columbus,” said enthused Zajac “We hope to make it a memorable night for everyone as well as give our fans something to hold onto and gain new ones as well!”
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Originally Published: Issue 7 - November 2, 2005
erin... you rock... and i know i will be there too rock out with my boys whom i miss so much.. congrats guys..
megan stanhope | 2005-11-02
Great article. I’d never heard of these guys before now, but I’m interested! It sounds like they have a lot to offer!
J.M. Kunz | 2005-11-03
Hey....I got a plug...far out! It’s gonna be a great night!
Hooplehead | 2005-11-03
AWESOME article. Congrats to the boys in the band, you guys have worked very hard and deserve this! You guys ROCK!
Marcellachick | 2005-11-04
This is a fantastic band! They have a very unique sound and excellent stage presence! I am excited to see that this has not gone unnoticed! Rock on guys!
Anomaly Media | 2005-11-04
Outstanding show Saturday night!!! I think the fire limit for people went out the window!!!! BAD ASS!
David | 2005-11-07
Great article Erin!!!! way to go and guys it was a kick ass night!!!! i haven’t seen that many people in CBR’s in a long time!!!!
Jessie (Tiny) | 2005-11-08
THIRTY OUGHT SIX IN COLUMBUS ALIVE
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Locals Only Heavy Metal Rising by Chris DeVille The story of the rock band on the cusp of ...Locals Only
Heavy Metal Rising
by Chris DeVille
The story of the rock band on the cusp of making it big is nearly as entrenched in modern lore as Joseph Campbell's hero journey, but the success rate isn't quite so high. Bands often reach the verge of fame only to tip back into oblivion.
Thirty Ought Six is pulling out all the stops to avoid that fate and land on the side of success.
"We've done everything as the four of us that we can possibly do," said Derrick Zajac, guitarist for the local alt-metal band.
It's true. Their list of accomplishments includes a faithful audience around the Midwest and radio support from 99.7 The Blitz, which featured the band at its annual Blitz Bash and saw its single, "Adios," win the nightly "Choose It or Lose It" listener poll for two weeks.
Thirty Ought Six has fared well in national contests as well, reaching the finals of a competition to join the Zippo Hot Tour and finishing in the top 20 of a national MySpace contest for inclusion in a Scarface videogame.
Perhaps most promising is its selection for an MTV2 program called "On The Rise," which will air an interview and music video later this summer.
The video was shot for $100 at the strip club Vanity, and it actually looks decent. Singer Brent Billet edited the clip, as he did the band's full-length DVD.
Now they're looking into lawyers, management, booking agents—people to handle the business so Zajac, Billet, bassist Sean Miller and drummer Tim Dillard can focus on music.
So far the band has managed to balance the business stuff while carving out a distinct sound that blends elements of some of the better late-'90s nu-metal—the melodic hooks of Incubus, the punishing riffs of Deftones, the quirky breakdowns of Korn. Throughout full-length debut Amazing Attractions For Rebellion, the band shows it's not afraid to get positively saccharine or piercingly abrasive.
What: Thirty Ought Six
When: Friday, July 13
Where: C.B.R.'s, Brewery District
That range is intentional. Since forming in 2004, Thirty Ought Six has tried to combat what its members see as stagnancy in modern rock. They aren't pleased with one-dimensional fare that asks listeners to choose between the melodic and the heavy. And you can hear it in their music, which finds a poppy-but-rocking middle ground.
"I think our music is a little different from what's playing on the radio right now, and we like that," Billet said.
Though the band does get some airtime on The Blitz, the surest place to hear them is Saturday at C.B.R.'s, where they'll perform with Headchange, Pets or Meat, and Drift Effect.
July 12th, 2007
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State The Obvious
Point Of Departure
Note To Self
2 Minute Concrete Wall
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