"Hey guys I got the Tenor in the mail today. I am floored. First I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I was most blown away when I picked it up and played it. Couldn't stop playing it. Every note has such rich fullness and you can hear and feel all of these harmonics coming out. I was totally in a zone for about 15 minutes after I took it out of the case. It even inspired some ideas that I recorded right there on my iPhone so that I wouldn't forget them."
band(s): Our Lady Peace
Steve Mazur started playing guitar when he was 7, and became enthralled with it after hearing his guitar teacher play the riff to "La Bamba." He left his native Detroit just over a decade later to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. After spending a lot of time in Berklee's orange-carpeted practice rooms, he headed for the opportunity-rich soil of Los Angeles.
In 2002, Mazur joined the multi-platinum Canadian alt.rock band Our Lady Peace, recording on the albums Gravity (2002), Live (2003), Healthy in Paranoid Times (2005) and their latest, Burn Burn (2009). He has toured extensively with them, and appeared on American staple TV shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Our Lady Peace has won 4 Junos (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy), and holds the record for winning the most MuchMusic Video Awards (10) in the show's 19-year history.
In between touring stints with OLP, Mazur works regularly as a session guitarist, playing live and/or recording with acts like Holly Conlan, Kyler England, Rob Giles, Adrianne Gonzalez, Gabriel Mann, The Rescues, Naimee Coleman, Lucy Schwartz, Billie the Kid, Madd Scientist and Dawn Thomas.
Mazur has also played guitar for several movie and TV show soundtracks, including Wanted, Summer Breakdown, 9, Reaper, Worst Week, Big Day, Carpoolers, Privileged, and Modern Family. He is the co-composer and guitarist on the TV series Rules of Engagement.
He cites Brian May, Ty Tabor (King's X), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Neil Young, John Frusciante and Harpo Marx as his biggest influences.
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