Meet the Band
Steven Berez, known to his friends as Ven, is the lead singer of the band Venrez. Ven is an LA native who started his career as a movie producer. Once he became a success at the age of 55, Ven decided it was time to fulfill his life long dream of forming a rock band, and thus Venrez was born.
Since then this frontman has worked hard and self-released multiple albums, including his most recent album Element 115. This new emerging band has toured with the likes of Alice Cooper, Slash, Fuel, Hardcore Superstar, and punk legend Richie Ramone.
When speaking of his new album Element 115 Ven says: "I think it's what rock needs right now. It's melodic, heavy, the groove is unique and the songs have lyrics with powerful lessons and messages. Venrez is a cerebral band that makes you think while you enjoy the music. I feel it's a new genre all together, which I call 'Epic Alternative Rock'."
Jason Womack is the former bassist and a co-song writer for Juliette Lewis and the Lick's and has brought his genius to Venrez from day one. Jason makes one guitar sound like 3, with a style second to none and in addition adds superb harmony as the backing vocalist for Venrez. Jason writes all the music for the band and has produced all the albums to date.
It is no coincidence that Jason has been recognized for his talent. Not only is he the second-in-command for Venrez, but he also fills in for notable bands such as Fuel in his off time. He is also a dedicated husband and father of two boys.
It is not a stretch to say that Jason is an essential member of the band. Ven and Jason are a perfect musical match, and the true heart and soul of Venrez. All eyes are on Jason, eagerly awaiting what he comes up with next.
Nico D'Arnese is the bass player for Venrez, and brings forth a dark, transcendental component to the band. All the way from Italy, Nico joined the band and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of creating a unique sound all his own. Nico's entire existence is to savor every moment on this Earth to it's fullest intensity. The sound he brings to the band is low and thunderous, though beyond his bass playing skills he is also a master audio engineer/mixer. In his free time you will most likely find Nico with his headphones on in front of the computer, constantly working on creating new sounds. His passion for music is what makes him an essential member of this band. Fueled by his eternal spiritual quest, we sense his gypsy soul's aura in his playing, worshipping all he holds sacred.
When speaking of Nico D'Arnese, Ven the frontman of the band says "Nico is a beast on the bass, and has been the missing ingredient in the Venrez rhythm section, bringing high powered energy to the band."
Charles Ruggiero is the drummer of Venrez, and it is a role he was destined for. He is a musician's musician, but his genre of choice is jazz. Following in his father'sfootsteps (world renowned jazz drummer Vinnie Ruggiero), Charles brings an energy all his own. Growing up with influences like Art Blakely and Freddie Hubbard , it was only a matter of time before Charles decided music was a passion he must pursue.
Equally adept at jazz and the heaviest of rock, Charles is one of the most sought after drummers in the industry. From teaching his own master drumming classes from home, to his personal jazz takes on the "As Heard on TV" series, he has been the driving force behind some of todays most notorious hard rock such as Marilyn Manson, and now the mighty Venrez.