Edsel Dope Admits He’s Zer0, But Not Who You Think
Edsel Dope, founder of nu-metal/industrial band Dope, is rumored to be Xer0, the frontman taking the stage as a tribute to the late Wayne Static in the reactivated Static-X lineup. He has vehemently denied it over the years, and in a recent interview as well as a promotional video, he admitted that he toured anonymously as Zer0 in electronic duo Drama Club.
The irony is pretty obvious because the aliases are almost identical and are (presumably) pronounced exactly the same. It’s sure to send some fans down the rabbit hole they came from to find out the true identity of the enigmatic Xer0, who plays Static-X in an outfit designed to look just like Wayne.
The project began with the goal of playing late night parties and distancing himself from the working world and other music he’s been a part of. “I didn’t want anyone to know who I was. I just wanted to put on a mask and disappear and go do something creative and fun,” Edsel said on the Ryan Seaman and Friends podcast. “I needed a name,” he continues, explaining that he opted for Zer0 “because it’s like starting over — zero subscribers, zero fans, zero waits.”
This echoes what Edsel said in a pre-order announcement video for Dope’s upcoming album, Blood Money Part Zer0. Along with the announcement of the new record, a pair of new songs, “Believe” and “No Respect”, can be heard here.
Back in the fall of 2019, Edsel addressed the rumors of him being Xer0 in Static-X and dismissed it all as “clickbait and hilarious” in a lengthy statement.
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