Billy Werner

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Billy Werner
Werner and Hot Cross at the Cake Shop in NYC
Background information
Born 1977
Origin Queens, New York
Genres Screamo, Emo, Punk, Dance Music, World
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Dj
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–present
Labels Level Plane

Billy Werner was the lead singer for Hot Cross.[1] Previously, he was the lead singer/songwriter for Saetia throughout the band's lifespan.


Raised in Queens, New York, Werner earned an undergraduate degree at New York University and a graduate degree at University College London.


Billy formed Saetia in 1997 with Greg Drudy, Jamie Behar, and Alex Madara. During their short lifespan of two and a half years, they released a self-titled EP, a self-titled full length, and their full discography on A Retrospective. Billy wrote the lyrics, and sang vocals for the band. The band broke up in 1999, due to personal problems, to form bands such as Off Minor, The Fiction, and Billy's own band, Hot Cross.

Hot Cross was formed shortly after Saetia broke up in 2000, with former Saetia drummer, Greg Drudy, Matt Smith, Casey Boland, and Josh Jakubowski. The band released A New Set of Lungs, their first EP, in 2002, and then released their critically acclaimed record, Cryonics, the Fair Trades & Farewells EP, and their latest record, Risk Revival, all on Level Plane records, except for Risk Revival released on Equal Vision records. The band's music was similar to Saetia and other Hot Cross members' former bands, but was considered more technical, especially when it came to their use of two guitars. The band went on indefinite hiatus, cutting short their 2007 tour.

He also currently deejays under the moniker Billy W as a disco DJ, M//R as a techno DJ and producer, and Werner Williams for his more spacey and house-inflected groovy tunes.-.[2]

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  1. ^ Under The Volcano Fanzine: Still Living Under A Punk Rock: Punk, Hardcore And More!
  2. ^ Billy exploded back on to the North East Emo/ Hardcore scene with the release of his solo album "Fisticuffs" with backing band featuring members of the Oi outfit Limecell. Editor's Picks - 9/13/06 - philadelphia weekly online[permanent dead link]