Epoch Failure is an urban pop duo resulting from the collaborative efforts of singer/producer Billy Joe Marrero and rapper Nick Young. With this charismatic pair, what you see is what you get– simply a couple regular guys from The Garden State. No egos. No attitudes. Just a lot of talent, a lot of heart, and most of all... a lot of fun.
Billy Joe (aka “Billy the Kidd”) was born and raised in Camden, NJ. As one of five boys growing up in a single parent home, he’s no stranger to challenges. In 2007, ABC’s 20/20 came to Camden to profile children growing up under the conditions of extreme poverty. Billy was one of three kids selected by the show’s producers. For nearly a year he was followed by news anchor Diane Sawyer and crew, who even spent a night in his family’s house to experience sleep without heat or power. After this 20/20 special aired, the positive response to Billy and his family was overwhelming. So much so, they were nominated for an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The makeover included a full home recording studio for Billy to pursue his musical passions and this was -ultimately- his launching pad and turning point. Putting his degree from Camden’s Creative Arts High School to good use, Billy’s been crafting infectious melodies and bangin’ out monster tracks ever since.
Nick (aka “Nickey Knoxx”) was born in Brooklyn, NY raised in Williston, SC and then bounced around the east coast before finally landing in Trenton, NJ. As a rapper, Nick has been grinding on the Jersey hip-hop scene since his early teens. Once of legal age, he enlisted in the Army as a way to receive a college education and open up more options for his future. Nick attended West Virginia University and now, in addition to penning brilliant lyrics and party-rockin’ crazy crowds, he serves full-time in the New Jersey Army National Guard as a photographer and broadcast journalist. While they likely refer to him as Staff Sergeant Young, rather than Nickey Knoxx, his Army superiors are extremely supportive of his musical mission.
In September, 2013, Epoch Failure signed with North Star Media for an exclusive publishing and recording contract. Keep an ear open for their first single, “Where I’m Sposed to Be”. In many ways it’s a perfect sonic portrait for these work hard, play hard guys who are all about cold brews, high fives, and fully embracing each new moment and challenge that life has to offer. Billy Joe sums it up nicely when he sings, “I’m double-fisting life, with two filled cups.” Indeed - and perhaps it’s a message that more should follow. So come on. Grab your cup and join in on the action. You’re not too late. This party’s just getting started.
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