Greetings all! The Starboots blog is our new blog showcasing stars from around the world. Today I present Linzi Stoppard & FUSE Electric Violin Act. "Exciting", "dynamic" and "extraordinary" are words often overused in the entertainment industry, but having listened to Fuse's new single, "Ignite the Fuse" I think they apply in spades.
So, what is FUSE Electric Violin Act? It's a rock electric string due made up of Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee. Oh, and "fabulous" is another word that comes to mind... and again I mean that literally. There's something magical about the sound of crystal violins. Yes, that's right... they play genuine crystal violins. I could hardly believe it either.
Here's what Linzi has to say to my five inquisitive questions.
Q. Fuse is an exciting and unusual act. Could you tell me a little about how the two of you got the band together?
A. Originally I was a solo artist performing at many events worldwide. My show was a concept which I developed with my management team. I soon realised I wanted to push the boundaries of my productions and sounds. I needed some outside input. Through my teams music network we eventually whittled it down to 2 people who a) had live music production experience and b) could play violin so would have understanding about what I needed. We chose Ben Lee. To begin with. Ben was my executive producer and help develop the live experience of my shows. We worked on this for about 6 months and then completely out of the blue, one day in rehearsal the idea of FUSE was born. To give the show more dynamics and more depth we talked about having another violinist for some of the tracks. At first we were thinking about a girl but then it soon became obvious that Ben was the perfect candidate - we had the same ambition and vision, it would make us the only girl-boy duo around and our sound was ahead of the curve. FUSE was born.
Q. What's the deal with the crystal violins? Whose idea was this, and how did you go about bringing it to reality?
A. These violins are the only ones in existence - actually sponsored by Swarovski, made from platinum grade Austrian crystal, 50,000 per violin, each individually hand applied. It all came about quite organically. FUSE performed at a charity event which was sponsored by Swarovski and some of their pieces of bejewelled art was on display at the venue. When I saw what they could do I knew immediately - we should collaborate and create a one-off pair of FUSE Signature Swarovski Crystal violins. It so happened that all the key decision makers were at the event and saw us perform. They were immediately taken by FUSE’s fresh, contemporary and unique style and sound. It was a perfect marriage. We proposed the idea to create these real working examples of art which FUSE would use for their performances around the world and launch them to the media at a key site (which turned out to be the world famous Harrods store). At the time Ben had bright blonde platinum hair so we made him a black hematite crystal violin, and I had dark hair so decided on iridescent white crystal. The yin and yang of the violin world!