Rock Electric Violinist Linzi Stoppard And Her Band FUSE Sign Major Global Record Deal

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FUSE are Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee, the princess and prince of the rock violin world.

FUSE - Rock Electric Violinists Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee

After touring and recording for other bands it's great to get my own sound out there.

FUSE are Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee, the princess and prince of the rock violin world.

With their original sound and approach FUSE are the most innovative string act around today. Pioneering a new method for a traditionally classical instrument while inspiring a new breed of electric violinists. FUSE are setting the bar.

Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee's vision is Unique and original - they aren't classical violinists, they are rock violinists, pioneering a new musical sound for a traditionally classical instrument.

FUSE are putting the finishing touches to their 14-track debut album "Glorious", co-produced by FUSE. This is the first time in a long time a UK string act has signed a major deal to a pop/rock label through "traditional" channels. FUSE can now proudly claim to be label mates with legendary artists including Stevie Wonder, The Police, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Deep Purple, The Jam and Kiss.

Never before has a string act dared ventured into the world of electric guitars like FUSE - it's a first. Don't be fooled by the incredible guitar-like sounds, arrangements, techniques and solos - these are not guitars you are listening to but electric violins FUSE-STYLE.

Linzi and Ben met during 2006. Having both had successful live performance and session careers, they decided to merge their talents and form FUSE, a one-of-a-kind, glamorous rock, boy-girl electric violin duo.

When Linzi and Ben set out to break the mould and push the boundaries they realised they had two choices: to be followers or to show the way with initiative. The latter was the only real option.

While chasing their dream the band recognised the competition had all but failed to overcome the same conundrum - how does a new violin act steer clear of sounding indistinguishable from the one before?

Other string acts call themselves 'electric', but often-record using acoustic instrument or with no effects limiting them sonically. This tapered corridor leads to most violin / cross-over string acts covering the same music again and again and in the same style.

Not so with FUSE - the answer to the conundrum was a fresh progressive approach using the most up to date techniques, original guitar valve amps, sonic processors and of course their bespoke Kevlar gold Bridge electric violins - after months of experimenting with soundscapes and recording techniques the unique and authentic FUSE sound was born. Gone are the days of churning out classical clichés, FUSE's album will be a rock anthems "best of" fit for Guitar Hero, except this time it's VIOLIN HERO!

More importantly through these original methods the instrument comes alive like never before opening up a whole new genre of music - ROCK!

Linzi Stoppard said: "We're proud and excited to have the platform we've always wanted to help our music reach a wider audience. It's been a while in the making and this deal recognises our hard work and belief that our innovative style will light the way for a new generation of rock violinists." (Linzi is the daughter-in-law of playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, adding another string to the bow of an already celebrated and artistic family.)

Ben Lee said: "After touring and recording for other bands it's great to get my own sound out there."

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Linzi Stoppard's Official site:


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