Lenny Gerard is a San Diego born, singer-songwriter/producer and multi-media artist. His music delivers heavy west coast grooves, 80’s inspired beats and song structure that has been catching the attention of producers and fans from both the emerging New York City underground scene, and the established San Diego electronic-beat scene.Through networking on his own, Lenny had his demos played on numerous college radio stations and been written about in several publications. Though Lenny has yet to reach over a million hits on Youtube, his music has been popping up all over the Internet on DJ mixes and compilations. Lenny is also set to release another EP entitled “Polymath” later this year.
Entertwine: Where did your interest in writing and performing music begin? What attracted you to it?
Lenny Gerard: I started taking guitar & piano lessons when I was very young. I found that piano was very easy to understand as it had all the keys laid out in front of me from left to right, unlike the guitar. I started learning theory on my own without realizing and naturally built an ear for songwriting. When I realized playing and singing simultaneously was the ultimate “high” for me, I couldn’t stop. I was attracted to the therapeutic nature of playing and singing.
ET: If you were speaking to someone who had never heard your music before, how would you describe your sound?
LG: Intense pop/rock piano-driven ballads and Infectious upbeat dance & rap numbers sprinkled with fresh sounds throughout.
ET: How has your hometown of San Diego, CA helped shape your music career? What is the music scene there like?
LG: San Diego made me who I am. All of my songs are autobiographical and many of them draw from experiences I had while living in San Diego. The music scene there is tiny! But then again, I am hopping between LA and NYC, so I’m biased.
ET: Who are some of your influences when it comes to writing or performing? Why?
LG: Sam Sparro has always been an idol of mine. I love that he not only writes his music, but produces and performs it as well. His sense of style has me running to Urban Outfitters for more clothes – I love him.
Sia has also been someone I look up to. She’s everything I want to be… songwriter for major top liners, songwriter for herself, and performer of her own material.
I also really value Lady Gaga because when she came onto the music scene in 2010, I saw a complete change in the way everyone carried themselves within the music industry. Fame became an art and she was killing it. For me, the fact that she brings art into her whole aesthetic is what makes a true recording-ARTIST. As someone who’s also a visual artist (www.Lenyb.com) I strive to make my artistic talents collide with my musical ones.
ET: What has the recording process been for your upcoming EP release, “Polymath?” What should listeners expect?
LG: The recording process has been EPIC – a lot of studio recording time, rehearsing, traveling, and good times. Communication with my talented producer/s is key. We send texts or shoot calls back and forth daily. Listeners should expect “Polymath” to be my best work yet in the form of insane dance numbers, raps and tear-jerking ballads.
ET: What kind of message do you strive to get across to your listeners through music?
LG: That no matter who steps in your path, tell them to move out of your way and follow your dreams incessantly. By following your dreams, you are living them. Dream.
ET: What is next for you all in 2014?
LG: The release of “Polymath,” my second album, and starting to work on my third album which will most likely be acoustic. I’ll be playing a lot of shows this year and making a lot of music videos. I love what I do.