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Excerpts from Linzi Stoppard and the electric violin duo FUSE album biography:

Linzi had an enviable reputation as a solo electric violinist performing at prestigious events globally but was looking for a musical director to help take her ambitions to the next level.

She and Ben first met when she borrowed his purple Yamaha violin for a photoshoot – “They gave me a fifty quid deposit for a violin worth a grand and drove off!  I was a little naïve but it all worked out.”

For a couple of years Ben worked in the studio with Linzi until the idea of forming a duo clicked.  “Whilst I’d been using electric violins for ten years and knew all about effects, Linzi brought her own tastes and unique vision to bear – FUSE is my palette and her brush!”`

Choosing the tracks for the ‘FUSE’ album was not easy, but the duo picked personal favourites and tracks that they knew that most people love.

Linzi says, “With the track ‘Glorious’ we needed to turn the vocal into a string line and it just worked, it’s a great song, one that you just hear people whistling.”

More inventively Ben relates, “We combined the mediaeval ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana with ‘Kashmir’ by Led Zeppelin, ‘Carmina’ felt a bit empty just on strings and amazingly we realised that the tracks had the same musical form.  It works so well!”

The duo want to do things their own way.  Linzi comments, “We have been told in the past that it would be ‘very much in our interest’ to apply for certain reality shows but we wanted to go through the traditional live shows and record company route that our heroes took.”

FUSE have enjoyed some great live shows, including Glastonbury 2008.  Ben says, “We were late, didn’t have the right passes and were about to miss the slot.  We ended up flagging down an ice cream van – we got in with all the equipment and got there just in time.”

At another show all the equipment got lost en route – all the wiring and sound processors FUSE need – and was couriered to the show, arriving in the nick of time.  Without this gear the violins are silent, the one disadvantage of electric instruments!

With the release of ‘FUSE’ in May 2010, the band look set to achieve many of their goals.  Linzi says, “We want the album to be a success and then to tour.

Live is where we’re exceptional – we’d love to take FUSE to America.  They would love our music I think.  Maybe one day we’ll do an album featuring some of our heroes.  That would be amazing.”

 

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