What do you say to a guy who at 54 years old says “I’m starting a rock ‘n’ roll band and I’m gonna do the impossible with it.” In the case of Venrez, the man in question, you say “I know you will.”
Already a successful movie producer in Hollywood, when Ven (as he is known to his friends) formed his rock band in 2009, the detractors were everywhere. Now, over half a decade later, Venrez has self-released three well-received, well-reviewed LPs (Sell The Lie, American Illusion, and Children Of The Drones), toured the world numerous times with legends such as Alice Cooper and Slash as well respected and established bands like Buckcherry, Fuel, Hardcore Superstar, and punk legend Richie Ramone, and won a global following on his own terms by doing it the hard way, sweating it out with his crack band in front of packed houses the world over. And the front man has no plans of slowing down anytime soon as, he says, “When I’m on stage with my guys, looking out and seeing the crowd bob and weave, I gotta say there’s nothing on earth that feels as good as fronting Venrez.”
Multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and co-founding member of Venrez, Jason Womack is the band’s secret weapon. After several years playing bass and writing for Juliette Lewis and The Licks, touring the world with her extensively, Jason found himself back in Los Angeles with a burning passion for new adventures and challenges. Once Jason and Ven met (through a strange set of circumstances involving a tiki hut, a mutual friend and their mutual passion for creation), they almost immediately began working on music together which would soon lead to the formation of Venrez. With a lifelong interest in science, those in the Venrez inner circle refer to Jason as “The Professor” and not without good reason. Equally adept at guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and singing, Jason puts all the music and melodies to Ven’s lyrics. As the band’s producer, he then rehearses and records the band himself creating and crafting the unique sonic pallet that constitutes the Venrez sound. One of the most sought after and respected musicians in the influential Silver Lake music scene, Jason brings an entirely unique perspective to music and an intensity to performing that make him the perfect foil for Ven’s laid-back cool.
Charles was destined to be drummer and a musician’s musician. His father is world renowned jazz drummer Vinnie Ruggiero and his earliest memories are being surrounded by the music of jazz greats like Art Blakey and Freddie Hubbard. It was just a matter of time before he asked his father to play the “bang bangs.” Equally adept at jazz and the heaviest of rock, Charles s one of the most sought after drummers as at home with his personal jazz take on all themes TV “As Heard On TV” or being the driving force behind some of todays most notorious hard rock such as Marilyn Manson and now the mighty Venrez.
To define Nico as other worldy is to validate defining E.T. as other worldly. Nico’s entire existence is to savor every moment on Earth to it’s fullest intensity a mind set he brings when he provides his unique low end thunder to Venrez. Carried away in his eternal spiritual quest we sense his gypsy soul’s aural tranfixation in his playing. He is worshipping all he holds sacred…and we wish we were making this up.