Rock music typically has guitar as a lead instrument. The concept of taking the violin and making it a central instrument brings forth an interesting trend in playing and listening. Though Lindsey Stirling and Brian King Joseph perform in a different genre, they bring violin to the forefront of mainstream music, which is truly groundbreaking. Lindsey Stirling, who came out of America’s Got Talent does an act involving dance, singing, and violin. Though I don’t really listen to this type of violin music, the entire spectacle involving various art mediums thrown together is captivating. Her music goes from rock to dance to pop. Brian King Joseph from America’s Got Talent does an electric violin hip hop/pop mashup. His layering of violin over popular pop/rap songs and his virtuosity makes him unique.
As a violinist in Love Lyzardz, I like doing slow melodic passages in the country/folk/rock/psychedelic vein. I don’t necessarily play at high speeds or lay down technically challenging notes like Brian or Lindsey, though I have had classical training in the past from being in school orchestra for many years, but I shape a distinctive mood or story in my playing. My partner Johnny Saffire keeps a steady intricate rhythm on guitar, which frames the violin’s sound and texture. As a duo, we marry guitar and violin, weaving rock and classical music, which creates Classical Rock. Yngwie Malmsteen, an influence of mine, had done something similar, taking classical music and applying it to guitar. Johnny Saffire’s background in blues, rock, and punk gives his guitar playing an individual finesse merged with a classical instrument like violin.
My partner Johnny Saffire and I started our duo the Love Lyzardz several years back just talking about our musical interests in his apartment living room. Here we are with a demo out, an original single, and a Beatles cover song on the way. Some of our music takes from the darker side of the 60s/70s music with artists like Jim Morrison. His animal totem the lizard very much resonates with our duo’s spiritual purpose.
The lizard is a creature that is adaptive and can transcend hugely adverse circumstances. We are a duo that has done just that, having faced the difficulties of a modern and almost apocalyptic world, with a message all our own. The lizard has a shrewdness and an introverted character, and that is the spirit the Love Lyzardz embodies, a will to carry on in spite of harsh setbacks and weird tumbles through space and time, and a reflective soul. The lizard is also a symbol of rebirth. When it comes to the lives Johnny and I have lived, tough times always bring forth the seed of regeneration out of the hard ground.
One of the first demo songs “American Doll” mirrors parts of the Doors “The End” in its psychedelic and hard hitting melody, as an American girl struggles to live up to the men in her life who have shaped her world. She goes along, floating through the pink fantasy world that has been built for her and recollecting the struggle to be loved in a procession of men who fall for a woman merely because of her physical beauty.
It is the lizard we hold fast to, the one pitted for a stealthy escape, the ultimate survivalist in a world that shifts every microsecond. What is tilted swingsback the other way, as the music carries on. It is my hope that this art will be the equalizer of the rotating scales.
Hey everyone! I am happy to announce that Johnny and I have entered into the Arise Music Festival contest. The festival will be held in early August in Loveland, CO. The voting ends on June 1st and three lucky winners will be chosen on June 7th. Select our name, scroll down and enter your e-mail, and click “VOTE”. Thanks again for your support! I am very supportive of other musicians/artists, so feel free to follow, like, and/or comment and I will return the favor. I always like to know about new music on the scene!
It seems that the rents are getting higher and higher in our building and my bf’s bonuses at Uber are being cut. We really want to be musicians, but it’s tough to try to do it in a city like SF that is all tech. We’ve been looking into getting a conversion van and traveling across the country. It’ll take several months of planning, but well worth it to live a dream we’ve been wanting to for a long time. There is a certain freedom that comes with going out on the road and playing music. For now, we’re working on some recordings. Stay tuned for more articles!
Johnny Saffire and I are in the process of recording an original version of “Dear Prudence” by the Beatles. There will be varying vocal layers, violin, guitar, drums, and bass thrown in. I’m looking forward to making this cover a special hit. Visit us at www.lovelyzardz.com. Stay tuned more articles on our musical journey!