Alex Lazcano (Lazleitt) - Questionnaire
How are you feeling right now?
Alex Lazcano: Feeling great. It's good to be here, it's good to be anywhere. Every day above the ground is a good day!
Where is home?
Alex Lazcano: Washington, DC. I am a non-political, private citizen, history buff, and happy to be a resident of this beautiful city.
What do you consider your biggest achievement in your career so far?
Alex Lazcano: Well, one always hopes to outdo any previous endeavors or achievements and set the bar even higher. Music has given me lots of wonderful times and satisfaction. I have been fortunate enough to work with wonderful musicians through the years, and one should be open to learn from anyone. I have always been more focused on the songwriting and composing than setting up a platform or using music as a vehicle to display virtuosity. For all intents and purposes, "Perpetually Under Idle Grounds" is, at least so far, Lazleitt's Citizen Cain. On a musical front, Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band) and Carlos Hernandez (Tree of Life Project) who contributed lead guitar parts, shred circles around each other. Their guitar breaks are superb, to say the least. Eric's incredible drumming is powerful, tasteful, intricate, eccentric at times, but it always serves the song. And Liz Tapia's beautiful voice is pivotal to taking the music to new heights, creating that level dark melodic atmosphere, which only her distinctive tone could have attained. And to quote my friend David Knowles, who contributed additional keyboards, he more than ably sprinkled some amazing fairy dust on top.
What is your favourite band apart from your own?
Alex Lazcano: Before progressive rock came into my life at age 5, The Beatles and The Stones were crucial in my upbringing, and they have been a constant throughout my life. YES, Genesis, Gentle Giant, and Marillion are definitely up there. As is Iron Maiden
Is there a song that you wish you had written?
Alex Lazcano: No, not really. I tend to be overly critical of the stuff I write. Why deny myself the pleasure of enjoying a good song? Having said that, "A Day In The Life" and "Heart Of The Sunrise" are songs I would love to come close to
Can you read music, or have you had any musical training?
Alex Lazcano: I can read music or play by ear - both. I try not to rely on sheet music that much lest I become overly dependent on it. I do have musical training on harmony, composition, dodecaphonic music, even delving in rudimentary serialism.
What is your favourite food?
Alex Lazcano: A nice juicy steak with potatoes.
What would always be on your rider?
Alex Lazcano: A bunch of CDs to listen to.
Can you recommend a good book to read?
Alex Lazcano: I love the classics, which is what I've spend most of my time reading, historically. However, I also enjoy non-fiction books. Recently, two come to mind: "The Art of Not Giving a F***" by Mark Manson, and "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" by Greg McKeown, which prescribes quality over quantity, it is not a scarcity, underdog book.
Who is your favourite writer?
Alex Lazcano: Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, HP Lovecraft
Do you have any favourite television shows and movies?
Alex Lazcano: TV Shows: The Munsters, Twin Peaks, Nip/Tuck, Diff'rent Stokes, quite a variety. I am not into binge watching, and I am not big on watching TV.
Movies: Mostly comedies. My Cousin Vinny, Groundhog Day, definitely. I also like anything by Stanley Kubrick or David Lynch. Then the next day you'll find me watching goofy stuff like American Pie, Zapped!, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, or Porky's. Then again The Godfather, Citizen Cain, or One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
Do you have a favourite musical instrument?
Alex Lazcano: Guitar and bass, I can't pick one over the other. I like both equally.
Who would you most like to work with, either living or dead?
Alex Lazcano: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman.
What would you be doing if were not a musician?
Alex Lazcano: Besides music, I like visual arts, aviation and marketing. So I would probably be a pilot, or do what I currently do in marketing.
Do you have any plans you can share with us?
Alex Lazcano:Right now there is an album to promote, new music being written, and possibly a winter EP. Also I am looking forward to collaborating on other projects, and continue to do some session work here and there.