John Mazur is a local musician who has been providing musical entertainment for the residents of the Latrobe Valley over the last 33 years. He is a self-taught singer and guitarist who began playing the guitar when he was 15 years of age, and has never received any formal teaching regarding either singing or guitar playing. Instead, John taught himself by watching other guitarists and listening to the radio. He says, "I had to teach myself because there were no guitar teachers around at the time".
When John began his musical career, his long-term ambitions were simple: "to be involved in the local music industry". This ambition has been fulfilled over the past 33 years, but his ambitions have become more specific as he has enjoyed more local success. John now says of his aspirations "I want to continue playing music until it is physically impossible and to understand other forms of music".
To enhance his ability to appreciate other forms of music, John has been self-teaching himself to play lap-steel style over the past 3 years. He uses every opportunity to practice and utilises his busking time to hone his techniques. John says he busks because, "it gives me the opportunity to present my original music, it's a form of artistic expression and it's a marketing tool - if people see what I have to offer musically, they may book me for an event".
John has been writing songs for decades and continues to see it as a challenge to find new ways to express his feelings through music. His songs are usually written from an internal perspective on how he views an external situation or issue. For example, the song Flow of Life was written about the three major aspects of John's life: being a computer programmer, a musician and a father.