In 2009 Fossil Studios was born, transforming a warehouse in lower Clapton into a state of the art recording studio and living space. Fossil Studios is a creative oasis in the Heart of Hackney, East London where creativity has no limitations and inspiration is served in a tea cup. We Dig Music!
Home to multi-award winning producer, Raz Olsher, many top name artists have since walked through our doors, such as Giles Petersen, Lemar, Sam Lee, Thabo and Sam & The Womp to name a few.
Our spacious 7x4 metre live room features a wide range of ethnic and orchestral percussion, Pearl Master series drum kit, a selection of snare drums, DDrum, Roland and Alesis electronics, Yamaha U1 Upright Piano, Ampeg, G+K and Fender amps, Nexo sound system as well as a selection of acoustic & electric guitars and basses. DVI interconnection between the live room and control allows for ADR recording, VO wild and to picture as well as foley artistry, sound design and DSP.
Being the hub of Fossil Studios' recordings, our control room features both modern and vintage equipment, offering a wide variety of timbres to suit your project. Ranging from modern RME conversion, Thermionic pres, Neumann mics, KRK/Dynaudio monitoring, state of the art computing and software as well as grade 1 oxygen free Oyaide premium cabling, to vintage Telefunken preamps, Coles microphones, Yamaha NS-10s, Hammond Organ, Cesarini Harmonium, Roland tape echo and analogue synthesisers. For full gear listings, please visit our website.
Recording/mixing/production packages, multi-buy discounts and bespoke deals are available, as well as professional audio restoration, post-production and mastering services.
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17 ReviewsEndorse Raz Olsher
Very easy to work with and understanding. Repeat customer for sure!
Raz is an excellent producer, groovy musician and I can recommend his magic musical powers! Fossil Studios is a beautiful place to create, rehearse and record. We have had great success together and It has been a pleasure working with him for the last 4 years on and off stage.
Working with Raz and the guys at Fossil Studios has always been a great pleasure. I go there for voice-over recordings and the environment is easy-going, comfortable and professional. Always impressed by the service and would highly recommend!
Working with Raz is such a liberating experience. He has a great ear for envisioning an entire soundworld and is super flexible with regards to the creative process. Fossil Studios truly feels like home and his commitment to your project goes beyond the studio. Simply amazing! xxx
Raz is a verified genius and a lovely guy. If it needs recording, playing or composing talk to Raz first
Always a pleasure working with Raz and his team recording my operatic voice atop more modern sounds. Great studio, professional and lots of fun!!
We have worked with Raz at Fossil Studios on several projects from classical scores to electronic remixes and value his versatile production talent and arrangement skills. The studio itself has a great vibe and is one of our favorite writing spaces. Top London address for any sound production.
I've dipped in an out of Fossil over the last few months to record an EP. We've gone in with skeletons and some big ideas and come out with four tracks we're massively proud of, thanks to Raz and Aaron's obsessive attention to detail, endless patience and vocal coaching. Would recommend the guys to anyone!
I produced 2singles and an EP at Fossil Studios.Raz is very methodical but also musically very adventurous. He takes time to understand the intention of the artist,has a full grasp of his gadgets and a capacity to hear the ultimate level where a song can go to and never shy of taking any challenges to take it there.I'll be back for more recordings!
“Love the Fossil Effect a consummate studio with the almost Rabbinical wisdom and judgement of Raz Olsher steering this mighty sonic enterprise. Quality and comfort always at the front here - book now”
i've known Raz as a producer and composer for several years and love his studio style, his energy and creativity. I've recorded acoustic ensembles - strings, trumpet and percussion and enjoyed his string sounds more than any other producer i've worked with.
Every time I'm in London , I never miss a visit to Fossil studio! Raz is a big inspiration and influence on me as a musician /producer/ engineer
I recorded vocals here and Raz was just fantastic. We turned everything round in record time and Raz's expertise coupled with the ability to understand my vision resulted in a sound that I'm super happy with. I felt very comfortable and the vibes in the studio were supportive in helping me to relax and focus in on recording. My go to studio!
I worked with Raz in the early days....It was a barrel of laughs and it helps that you don't need to go anywhere else once you have an idea. The boys can see you through to mastering.
Working with Raz on my first record Valor at Fossil Studios was a totally positive experience. His support and commitment to working with me as a producer allowed me to relax and it brought out the best in me. He gave 100% and i'll always be grateful for that!
Raz took a piece of music (an original score written by Roger O'Donnell, the keyboard player for The Cure) and transformed it into the soundtrack for Not Ever - playing with tempo, forwards/backwards loops and then designed the soundscape for the movie around it. He's the only person I would go to for sound design, and a genuinely nice guy too!
Have had six sessions so far and really impressed with the service provided. Passionate and always go that extra bit further to ensure we're happy with the final product. Would highly recommend
Interview with Raz Olsher
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Rubato is my experimental trio which i've formed with Yuval Wetzler on drums and Marina Liebermann on concert piano. It fuses the organic with electronic, analog with electronic, cutting edge with old, dynamics with texture, expression and emotion, all through the media of original genre-less music. It's very personal to me and I feel it sums up everything we here at Fossil Studios believe in.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. They both have different things to offer, it's more about how you use them.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: 100% satisfaction.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being creative, challenging preconceptions and trying new things. Every artist has something different to offer, so I often find a new creative spark simply by working or communicating with new people.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm a music producer, not a magician!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Give me a laptop, headphones, keyboard, a microphone and my prescription sunglasses and i'll be set. Too much weight is put on equipment these days. Good music comes from the soul, not from the equipment you use.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Difficult to describe your own work, as I normally just go with whatever comes naturally to me, but certainly working without any boundaries and genre expectation means we create a pretty versatile sound. Retaining dynamic contrast whilst still being at a competitive volume is something I strongly believe in (pretty rare to come by these days), but I also think about texture as well as timbre, layering things up so ultimately we create something that keeps the ear interested no matter what area of the spectrum you listen to. Gives more sonic depth and an overall richness in sound on all speakers, not to mention the drama of dynamic and timbral contrast.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Prince, because he'll be King some day.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Easy, less is always more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Sort of touching on the previous question, we don't really like working on "genres" as it stifles creativity and creates boundaries, but we do try to always combine the electronic with the organic. Best of both worlds.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vibe. It's what brings our clients back every time! They quite simply just enjoy spending time here. But other than that we never label work by genre or let what's culturally deemed as "stylistic" restrict us. What sounds good, IS good, regardless of it's context.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tough one, as it all changes depending on what i'm working on and as time goes by. But desert island choices would probably be Erik Satie, Rick Rubin, Tom Morello, QTip, Howling, Jon Hopkins and Kink.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We create music in a very different way, with the resultant sound being out of the ordinary, the techniques cutting edge and ultimately something that is unique. After years of travelling around the world before coming to London, my nomadic life is reflected in the music I create, having no permanent specific home, travelling ceaselessly between genres in search of fresh ideas.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Our process is centred entirely around forming and nurturing a working communication with the client, be it merely an enquiry or communication during the session. For example, the simple commodity of replying to emails, however big or small, as quickly as possible is something we maintain as a priority. A philosophy we maintain across all aspects of the project throughout its lifecycle.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We're very proud of our creative home, and we try our upmost to try and make Fossil Studios the best it can be, but not at the expense of the environment itself. We feel that all too often the focus is so drawn towards equipment, set up and design that the result becomes, cold, blunt and intimidating. All our clients comment on the 'vibe' they get from working here, so although our equipment is state of the art, our clients feel 'at home'. As a result, the creativity flows much more naturally from them being in a more conducive space. Come and visit sometime, we think you'll agree.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Every project is different, and every artists presents something different to the table. It's more about finding what makes them unique and presenting it in the best way possible, be that capturing their sound in a recording, producing a project that showcases their individuality or producing a mix that fits their style. Everything we do is centred around what makes the client unique.