Patriarchs In Black – Interview

 Interview with Dan Larenzo (Guitars/Riffs) of Patriarchs In Black and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

Dan Lorenzo: Well, I normally leave that up to people like you honestly. I love all kinds of music, but I’m not really into “musician music”. Simple music always hits me the hardest. Big, phat, stupid, HEAVY riffs.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

Dan Lorenzo: I live in  Northern New Jersey. I started playing guitar in 1978 because of Kiss. My dad died in 1982 and I started getting into heavier music.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

Dan Lorenzo: Who? Hmmm. Nobody really. I just write normally when I pick up a guitar. Sometimes I’ll be driving, and I’ll hear a riff in my head. I like to write about real life things. No fantasy.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Dan Lorenzo: Just to keep writing and recording and getting cool feedback from people. Hoping to get more people to listen to Patriarchs In Black, Vessel Of Light and Cassius King.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

Dan Lorenzo: Maybe when I was in Los Angeles in 1992 and Phil Anselmo sang one of my songs I wrote in a hallway in a hotel. I said to him, “Hey Phil-I’m Dan Lorenzo from the band

Non-Fiction.” Phil said, “I know who the hell you are” and in full voice he sang The My Way the first song off the first Non-Fiction album.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

Dan Lorenzo: (laughs) It is what it is.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

Dan Lorenzo: Well, Johnny Kelly who play drums for Patriarchs In Black also plays drums for Danzig and Quiet Riot. Hard to work us in.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Dan Lorenzo: I used to hate them, but I understand the convenience. When I bought my new car 5 years ago I was shocked there was no CD player. I prefer CDs. Now I’m forced to listen to Spotify.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Dan Lorenzo: Stairway To Heaven. It’s a great song and I’d have more money if I wrote it! ( laughs)


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

Dan Lorenzo: Good question. I’d love to have it easier for musicians to understand how to monetize their income. Sound Exchange and Harry Fox and ASCAP/BMI should dumb it down for us guys!


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

Dan Lorenzo: Promoting the new PATRIARCHS IN BLACK album Reach For The Scars and the next Cassius King release out October 21st.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

Dan Lorenzo: All my bands’ merch is available from Season of Mist

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