From ghost producers to futuristic, post-apocalyptic bass music. Introducing Wallwork & RZR.
Who are you?
We are Tommaso Wallwork and Ady Razor. Two up and coming producers based in Hackney Wick. Wallwork, 25, is half Italian, half English and grew up in Tuscany. Razor, 22, is an Essex boy of Bangladeshi and Chinese heritage. We met here in east London six years ago. We were both in rock bands as teenagers before getting into electronic music. Razor plays guitar and Wallwork is a drummer. We are hip-hop, rock and pop studio producers as well as dancefloor bass music producers.
Recently we’ve been DJing at warehouse parties all over London and Europe. In the past year we’ve been lucky enough to play with some of our very favourite producers like Lone, Dark Sky, Mosca, Basement Jaxx, Pedestrian, Maribou State, Akkord, DJrum, Deft, Slick Shoota, Romare, Kidkanevil, Blue Daisy and many others. We are also very excited about meeting Mount Kimbie at Turn Off Festival in Pisa, Italy, where we are gonna be playing in September!
What do you sound like?
Futuristic, post-apocalyptic bass music. A mix of all our influences, from very aggressive drum and bass to happy house music and trip hop. Biggest influences in the past years, R&S Records, Shogun Audio, 50 Weapons, Critical Records, Exit, Night Slugs and Ninja Tune. I think we are both insane and very eclectic. One day we wanna make a Noisia or Foreign Beggars-type tune, next day we wanna make a Disclosure and Sam Smith-type tune, god knows what will be the final outcome!
Why should we listen to you?
Because most electronic music is boring and generic and we try and give it a bit of an eccentric touch. It’s not the best music out there yet, but it’s pretty damn good. This is our very first EP – we have another 150 to 200 tunes that we’ve accumulated in the past years ready to go… This is just the beginning, so expect big things soon.
What have you released so far? What else have you got coming out in the near future?
Well as we said this is our first EP under our own name, we’ve produced many tracks for other people in the past, but this was the first time we decided we wanted to put our face on a project. We are talking with a few different labels for releases at the moment that we don’t want to mention yet, (never trust anyone in the music industry till you’ve a signed contract!) but definitely planning on releasing another digital and a vinyl on Infinite Machine this year and beginning of the next as we are very happy with the relationship we’ve had so far with the label. We are also working on a 90s trip hop album under another name which we can’t reveal yet but it’s sounding really good!
What song sums you up? Why?
Massive Attack – ‘Angel’, because it’s epic. Beautiful and aggressive all in one track. I remember thinking as a seven or eight year old child, I wanna make music this good when I grow up.
What or who is your biggest influence and why?
Mmm, it’s very hard to answer this one, can we change it to influences? I’d say in the last few years regarding dancefloor stuff it’s been the previously mentioned labels and producers, but our top five favourite bands of all time are The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, Nirvana and The Pixies. 90s stuff we grew up with that has heavily influenced us – surely Massive Attack, Portishead, The Prodigy (obviously), Radiohead, Nas, Biggie, The Fugees, Amon Tobin and DJ Shadow!
Where will you be in five years’ time?
In rehab, fighting over our millions, or behind enemy lines in the Third World War.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Wallwork is a complete anarchic/anti-capitalist that lives in a huge (non-converted) former rubber factory in Hackney Wick. Razor, on the other hand, is a stylish boy with a soft spot for Palace and Supreme!