Victor DeLorenzo

Victor DeLorenzo
Background information
Born (1954-10-25) October 25, 1954
Origin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Instruments Drums
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Violent Femmes

Victor DeLorenzo (born October 25, 1954) is an American musician, actor and filmmaker best known as the drummer for the folk-punk band Violent Femmes.


DeLorenzo was born in 1954, the son of Victor and Charlotte DeLorenzo,[1] grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and has lived in Milwaukee since. He has been a drummer from the age of 16, while attending St. Catherine's High School (Racine, Wisconsin), but he has been an actor since the age of five. While attending the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, he auditioned for and was accepted into Theatre X in 1976, and worked with them in various roles for more than 20 years.[2]

As a drummer, DeLorenzo paired up with bassist Brian Ritchie in 1981, as a rhythm section that they called "Violent Femmes". When singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano joined them in 1980, the band kept the name.[2] DeLorenzo's father loaned the band $10,000 to record their eponymous debut album in 1982. However, the band was forced to delay its release until 1983 after they signed to Slash Records.

DeLorenzo's signature sound is due to his minimalist drum kit. He often uses nothing more than a snare drum, a tranceaphone and steel brushes. The tranceaphone consists of a metal bushel basket inverted over a tom. He favors this style of kit because in their early days, the band often played on the streets.

DeLorenzo continued to act with Theatre X, and record and tour with the Femmes until 1993, when he left to devote more of his time to acting and to recording his own music.[2] He toured as part of Moe Tucker's band in that year. In 1996 he opened a recording studio called Joe's Real Recording.[2] He has released three solo records since 1990. in addition to recording his own music, he has played with several side projects, including Ash Can School.[3] In 2000, he teamed up with Ritchie to put together a Femmes compilation, and subsequently rejoined the band until it disbanded again in 2009.[4] In March 2013, Gano, Ritchie and DeLorenzo reformed Violent Femmes once more and played a homecoming show at the Summerfest music festival in their native Milwaukee. Three months later, in July, the band announced a new line-up with Dresden Dolls member Brian Viglione as the band's drummer. DeLorenzo confirmed in a statement that he had left the Femmes permanently due to a failure of the band members to resolve their long-standing business disputes.[5]

DeLorenzo's biggest influences are the painter Marcel Duchamp, and his father, who died in 1996, just two years after his mother.

DeLorenzo performs percussion in the chamber rock duo Nineteen Thirteen with cellist Janet Schiff. Nineteen Thirteen's recording of Hurricane Noel was featured in the 2011 TED Global Conference.



  1. "Milwaukee Talks: Victor DeLorenzo". July 24, 2000.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Cosmic Debris - Victor DeLorenzo interview". February 2000. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  3. Metro Jam 1999 Gallery Archived February 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. "Victor DeLorenzo Interview - Modern Drummer Magazine". Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  5. Levy, Piet (July 16, 2013). "Victor DeLorenzo speaks out about leaving Violent Femmes". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
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