RobertJRGraham.com Interviews the talented Linzi Stoppard, Electric Violinist
1. How does one become an Electric Violinist?
That’s a great question. I was influenced by amazing artists such as Vanessa Mae, Bond, & Nigel Kennedy. I knew I wanted to create something that would stand out from crowd, be different and have a rocky edgy sound on the violin. I was not going to achieve this on the acoustic instrument so progressing to the electric violin was the next step to reaching that goal.
2. Can you tell us about “Fuse” and why it was formed?
I was looking for an executive producer for my live performances when I was a solo violinist. Through my management we eventually found a very talented electric violinist – Ben Lee. He shared an interest in re-writing the stereo types and exploring how the violin sound can be manipulated.
At the time most violin acts were all-girl quartets so there was a gap in the market for a girl-boy duo. It was a unique combination. Add to that Ben’s and my vision to push the boundaries sonically, and you have the ingredients for a new act. In early 2008 Ben and I officially joined forces and FUSE was born.
3. Do you “Fuse” together different styles of music all the time, or do you have some preferred combinations?
We are free to do what we are feeling. So it changes over time. When we first started we wanted to concentrate on rock. Back then most electric string acts all looked the same, sounded the same and played the same repertoire. Also, and this was a key to FUSE’s signature sound, they didn’t really do anything with the sound. Yes they played electric instruments but they were just plugged direct into the mixer. FUSE is different. We use guitar effects pedal, valve amps and midi. We have a specialist guitar tech who helps us programme our live and studio sounds. So instead of working from the violin towards the guitar sound, we do it the other way round. This gave us a much more contemporary and authentic rock sound.
So that’s what we did for our album. Since then we have looked at making some classical pieces more contemporary with new arrangements and productions, we were commissioned to do this for London and Paris fashion weeks.
We are also now recording dance and club tracks which will be used for a film soundtrack we have been asked to do later this year. But as we are both classically trained there are always influences in everything we do.
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4. What was the most exciting venue you’ve played in your career thus far, and where would you love to play?
5. Ok I’ve held off long enough, I have to mention that you’re not only a creative powerhouse, but you’re ridiculously pretty. Has this helped get you noticed?
That’s kind of you. Get noticed? Yes it happens. Is that a good thing? No, not always. The usual cliches sometimes apply. Some people get ‘offended’ by the way you look. But don’t get me wrong, this applies to a minority though. You can generally tell from the ‘looks’ you get if people have an aesthetic problem with you. Just smile and move on. On the whole though Fuse is judged by our music and that’s they way it should be. We have always been more about substance, not style.
6. Thanks very much for for your time Linzi, where can we check out your music and latest projects?
Thanks so much, you can check out our latest projects on
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