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Los Angeles based Dutch violinist Rachel Grace has been a pioneer in mixing virtuoso violin skills with electronic dance music.

Rachel studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands, plays anything from classical music to EDM, and is known for her improvisational skills. She plays both electric and acoustic violin and loves to arrange, compose and produce music.

Rachel recorded with and performed for: DJ Tiesto, Annie Lennox, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Juanes, Daughtry, Tonight Show, Jane the Virgin, Usher, Will.I.Am, Marc Anthony and many others.

She also plays solo shows/events and tours with her electric string band Saga Strings. Learn more about Rachel Grace at www.rachelgracemusic.com.


0:00Intro: 'Aerodynamic' by Daft Punk, performed by Saga Strings
2:36Rachel's musical upbringing
4:14Unfortunate mishap with an 18th-century violin & a high heel
7:23"Sketchy places lend themselves better to electric."
10:46Rebelling at conservatory / improvising by ear
12:42First electric violin
14:48First EDM gig
19:59Coming to the U.S. -- meeting Usher & other music celebs
26:15Music: 'Sing2Me' by Thomas Gold, performed by Saga Strings
28:20Backstage with Elton John
30:00Some of the stars Rachel has played with or performed for
34:30"Would you do this with an electric guitar player?"
42:13Playing with Saga Strings
44:24On the importance of learning electric violin technology
45:50Rig rundown
49:21Emulating sounds without using effects processors
52:03Outro music: a spontaneous improv in Rachel's studio

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