Name: Tulio Fuzato
Born: June 16th, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Amputee (both legs - AK-BK)
STYLES & INFLUENCES:
Ian Paice, Deep Purple
John Bohan, Led Zeppelin
Don Brewer, Grand Funk Railroad
Lee Kerslake, Uriah Heep
I came from a very musical family.
My father played guitar and my mother sang.
I grew up listening to the Beatles but my passion was the CLASSIC ENGLISH HARD ROCK 70´s, such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc... etc...
I confess that I also loved PROGRESSIVE ROCK BANDS such as Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull, and European Bands such as Eloy, Nektar, Jane Le Orme, PFM, and others.
Since child, I learned to play guitar and keyboards with my father, but I always loved the swing, rhythm, and the power hit of a drum.
First contact with a Drum was on a July party on School 1967 (10 y.o.)
I started with music at night PUBS, while being a graphic designer by day.
I became a double leg amputee in July, 2003.
Like a lot of people, I had lost my job, ended a relationship, and went into depression.
I had rent to pay, and lots of difficulties, including health problems; but I didn't seek help.
I had very low self-esteem and at this time I was battling an addiction to barbituric: (anti-depressants and tranquilizers).
I ended up in a terrible accident with a train and as a result, had to fight for life against death, good against evil, and an attempt at daily self-will.
Fortunately, this kind of amputation allowed me to still play the drums relatively easy with the use of prosthetics.
With these prosthetics I can still take control of my kick drum.
I want to show through my story, the human beings ability to get overcome any obstacle.
To overcome them and be back on his or her feet after a tragedy which may happen to any of us.
Also to show how much music can be a wonder possibility to all of us and how in my case, it ultimately made me decide to take action.
"Determination" is my motto.
I hope my example gives inspiration for those who have lost hope in life.
BE AWARE THAT YOU HAVE LOST A LIMB, HAD A PART OF YOUR BODY AMPUTATED,
BUT YOU HAVEN'T HAD YOUR HEART AND YOUR LOVE FOR LIFE, YOU HAVEN'T HAD YOUR INTELLIGENCE, FEELINGS, SKILLS, YOUR MUSICALITY AMPUTATED because EVERYTHING IS VIBRATION.
There, you'll be able If I got to do much more.
"God gives us each day a page of new life in the book of time. What we write on it, it's up to us".