News — Lars Mullen

An International Fusion Artist Collaboration - Lovely Day 3

Fusion Bags Artist Collaboration

Like so many businesses, Fusion is going through a very challenging time as a result of the COVID-19. The pandemic has had a terrible impact on musicians around the world. Music is more than just a job or hobby, it is the heartbeat of life. This love of music drove us to unite our Fusion Family and create something together.

Artist Spotlight: Koza Mostra 0

Koza Mostra

It was just a year after the 6-piece Greek band Koza Mostra were formed that they represented their country performing ‘Alcohol is Free’ at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Malmö, Sweden in 2013.

But founder member, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Ilias Kozas, wasn’t sure about performing in front of tens of thousands of people live and millions watching around the world.

Artist Spotlight: El Amir - A James Bond Guitarist 0

It is indeed a busy time for Amir, we talk just as he starts the second leg of the Hans Zimmer tour, whilst also preparing for the launch of his solo album on February 28th and, he’s just back from recording the flamenco guitar parts for the new James Bond movie “No Time To Die"...

Interview with Snow Owl (Juan Garcia-Herreros) by Lars Mullen 0

Legendary bassist Snow Owl (Juan Garcia-Herreros) talks to Lars Mullen about his experiences on the World of Hans Zimmer tour and his Phoenix bass guitar.

Artist Spotlight: Grant MacLeod - The Munro Bagpiper 0

Grant MacLeod is on a personal quest to climb each and every Munro mountain in the Scottish Highlands, play his bagpipes and say a big hello from the top of each and every one of them. I ask Grant how this unique offer started...

Guitar and Bass Player’s Top 10 Santa Pressie List 0

Santa Wearing HeadphonesIt’s that time of year again when musicians know what they want for Christmas… but daren’t ask. The chances of a new guitar or amp may be out of the question, whilst accessories and the essentials make the best stocking fillers...

 

Artist Spotlight: Diane Eaton - French Horn Player at the Symphony Orchestra Basel 0

Diane Eaton - French Horn Player at the Symphony OrchestraAmerican born Diane Eaton, a long-standing member and French horn player in the Basel Symphony Orchestra, one of Switzerland’s oldest and innovative orchestras.

“I’ve been with this orchestra now for 33 years”, says Diane “And still enjoy every rehearsal and performance. I was born and raised in Seattle on the west coast of the United States and have acquired my Bachelor's degree in music performance in North Western University, in Chicago, moved to Europe when I was 22 years old and went on to finish my studies in Berlin. Both these cities are known for their music colleges, especially for teaching brass.

Drastic Plastic: 10 Tips on how every musician can reduce plastic waste 0

Festival wasteThe recycling of plastic waste is vital. It’s all about numbers, numbers that are hard to grasp, I did read that there’s been a 379 million ton increase in plastic production since the 1950s and, that a staggering 91% of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic waste at this moment in time…are not being recycled.

More and more household named brands are announcing plans to reduce the number of new plastics they use, to appeal to younger shoppers, while the music industry itself is working on various projects to combat plastic issues.

Festivals stand out a mile, completely littered with plastic of all kinds, sure, it gets cleaned up, but the cost is colossal. The way we listen to music has changed, as we favour downloads, it’s been calculated that literally millions and millions of boxes of software, CDs, DVDs and their plastic cases are ending up in landfills or incinerators. One guitar manufacturer in the USA actually encourages recycling old strings, not plastic of course, but it all helps and other large brands are taking note and making inroads.

But that’s all the big guys, so the most important question here is, what can we, as musicians do to help? Let’s start with life on the road.

Tips for Touring Musicians: The Band Van - Life on the Road 0

Touring musiciansHaving spent many years and driven thousands upon thousands of miles in a band van in both semi-professional and professional bands, I can relate to the rigours of loading and unloading the van in the early hours of the morning, a routine that was either like a well organised military operation or utter chaos.
The semi pro-band just wasn’t that well organised, but we did have our own time slots for driving and I particularly liked my stint driving home in the early hours of the morning. I enjoyed the solitude, the peace of mind, discovering my inner self as I explored my own creativity whilst watching the sky lighten to the unstoppable approach of dawn, you know…all that Zen thing ….but I was brought back to reality on so many occasions with a banshee-like scream from the back seats….“Sttttop, turn back I left my guitar at the venue”.

Artist Spotlight: Abigail Zachko - impressive, young and talented 1

Abigail ZachkoThere are still many extremely talented young musicians willing to carry the guitar into the future and Abigail Zachko in the USA is one of them.
Abby has only been on the planet a mere 16 years, and already at a level many old school players would love to be at, achievements so far include being hailed as one of the most exciting new guitar players in the industry, a recording artist and runner up in Music Radar’s Young Guitarist Of The Year 2018. Envious? Yes, we are.