Q & A

Q & A With Jim Taylor and Leonard Cerzosie Jr. From LENNE

Q & A With Jim Taylor and Leonard Cerzosie Jr. From LENNE

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? 

Lenny: We just debuted our first single “Letting You Down” under Imagen Records. It is one of a handful of songs we’ll be putting out over the next few months.

How long has the band been together?

Lenny: A lot of people are surprised to hear Jimmy & I met only a few years ago. We almost immediately started collaborating. As a matter of fact, we jammed the day we met with members of a band he was in at the time. Morgan and I met in ’09 when my band The Infinite Staircase was on tour with Sevendust. 

What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?

Lenny: I’ve always been a performer at heart. I liked making people laugh as a kid. I have to blame Mtv for making me want to be in a band. I used to love watching music videos. Jim: I live to riff! And I like being the “oddball” sound and play in places where my other guys aren’t..not to solo but to provide a song with an overall soundscape.

Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Lenny: Both have their own aspects that I love. There’s nothing like the energy of a good live show. Jamming is always fun. But the recording process allows you to really explore ideas and discover new channels. In the end, you created something that’ll basically last forever. Jim: Both are killer, plus live you can extend or make songs different than what they were recorded.

Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?

Lenny: Oh, god yes. I don’t know which ones to choose. There was that time Zakk Wylde took a dump next to our van. Naked. One time a woman cold cocked me for flirting with her girlfriend. Had the Hell’s Angels take over our green room in Detroit. So many stories.

What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

Lenny: I can’t tell you how many guys have asked me to sign their chest.

Jim: Had someone get a tattoo of a logo from a project I was in hahaha. Very honored by it but it was a BIG tattoo!

Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?

Lenny: Absolutely. My parents bought me my first guitar when I was 11 or so and completely supported my wanting to pursue music. My current live axe is an AC Zemaitis that my mother purchased for me before she passed away. My dad even  goes on the road with me. Jim: 1000 percent. My entire family is, as a matter of fact! 

What are your favorite tracks to play live?

Lenny: We haven’t gotten the chance to play this live, yet. Jimmy and I play with other bands and artists for fun and practice all the time. But “Lenne” is brand new and “Letting You Down” is our first single.

Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

Lenny: I’d have to say Ozzy was a big influence on me as far as performing goes. Everything about him seemed so outlandish and larger than life. Plus, he always had killer guitar players. What I always liked about his music is that no matter how heavy it got, he was always able to deliver a cool melody on top.That’s what I try to do. I try to find those melodies hiding inside the heavy, drudging riffs. 
If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

Lenny: Black Label Society, Seether, Sevendust, Atomic Bitchwax

Jim: Ditto to Lenny but man anyone that will have us!

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Lenny: I feel accomplished having worked with and become friends with such great musicians and artists. I used to have posters on my wall of some of them! lolJim: This. Creating music with friends but also honored because I had their shirts, posters and records as a kid!

If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Lenny: I used to want to be a veterinarian. I worked for an animal hospital for about a year when I was 19 or so. I fainted a few times while assisting with surgery. So, figured maybe that wasn’t for me. lol. I was also a certified Ski Tech on the side for a while.

Jim: Actually soundtrack composer which I do when not performing with Lenny! I’d love ALL of us to do the soundtrack for a film or show

What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Lenny: My gear set up constantly changes but my main axes are Zemaitis when electric and Martin when acoustic.

Jim: Eastwood electric mandolins, EHX pedals, Roland and Alesis keyboards

What do you think of the current music scene?

Lenny: I dig it. It seems like the old stigmas between genres have faded quite a bit. Bills have all sorts of genres sharing the stage these days. People seem open and even hungry for new & different music. 

For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Lenny: I studied Mandarin Chinese in Shanghai for a short while.

Jim: I was a competitive fencer and taught it in college. haha

If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?

Jim: Groove heavy riffs driven by huge hooks with ambient overtones

Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

Lenny: We hope people enjoy the music as we roll it out. We spent a few years developing LeNNe and are proud to share it with the world. Also, we’re looking forward to playing live shows. Ask anyone who knows us. We may play fairly serious, sometimes dark music. But it’s always a fun time!!  

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