Raz Announces Tour With Sam And The Womp
esday 21st November 2012 – Academy 2 – Birmingham
Thursday 22nd November 2012 – SoundControl – Manchester
Friday 23rd November 2012 – Kazimier – Liverpool
Sunday 25th November 2012 – King Tuts – Glasgow
Thursday 29th November 2012 – Stealth – Nottingham
Friday 30th November 2012 – Wardrobe - Leeds
Monday 3rd December 2012 – Waterfront Studio - Norwich
Wednesday 5th December 2012 – Ballroom/The Haunt – Brighton
Thursday 6th December 2012 – XOYO – London
Raz Olsher producer and co-writer of recent UK number 1 – ‘Bom Bom’ by Sam & the Womp, has confirmed that he will be touring with the band as they set off around the UK.
Released this summer, ‘Bom Bom’ sold a massive 170,000 copies in its first week, sailing straight into the top of the charts with heavy plays from Rob Da Bank and Fearne Cotton, making Greg James's 'Dance Anthems' and John Kennedy’s 'Hot Ones' on Xfm, cementing itself as one of this 2012’s biggest anthems.
Raz is now busy producing the band’s debut album and follow up single, and has just spent three days in the Fossil studios with them, writing new material. “I’m really excited about Sam & The Womp’s unreleased material and to see the response it will get” says Raz. “They have some great records up their sleeve.”
Raz first met Sam & The Womp on the summer festival circuit in 2010. After realising they shared the same tastes, and approach to music, the band asked Raz to join them on tour, where he was impressed with their power over the crowd. “When I saw people womping like there was no tomorrow I realised there was something there. It definitely felt right. We went straight into the studio and got to work.”
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, 33-year-old Raz moved to London in 2003 to study Recording Arts at SAE. Whilst working as a session bass player, he began picking up work at recording studios across London, mixing live instruments with his own electronically produced sounds. “Having grown up with a love for playing instruments and producing electronic music gives me a clear vision of how to fuse them together - it’s the best of both worlds.”
In 2009 Raz started Fossil Studios, transforming a warehouse in lower Clapton into a state of the art studio and living space. “I was very active in the East London underground scene, and knew a lot of artists that wanted albums made, it made sense to build my own studio.” And the name? “We take an organic musical creation and imprint it on a record for ever. Like a fossil.”
Raz has since worked with an array of artists, including Gilles Peterson, Lemar, Clare Maguire, Nathaniel Rateliff, Krust, Sam Lee, Ebe Oke (for album ‘Valor 2011’ – one of Brian Eno’s Top 10 albums that year), South Africa’s Thandiswa Mazwai (2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony) and the latest album from afro-beat trio Soothsayers.
Alongside the music production, Raz has also been making a name for himself in the film world, writing scores for a number of acclaimed indie films, including ‘Raw Muscle’ (2011) ‘The Ninth Cloud,’ starring French actor Jean Hugh Anglade (Killing Joe / Nikita) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs/ Kill Bill) due out next year, and most recently the film, Tempest. He’s also about to start the score for ‘Twelve,’ a short staring 2011 Bafta winning actress Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult).
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