By now, the scene’s insiders see RAZZMATTAZZ as the new trademark for hard rock with ass-kick guarantee. The band is on their way to establishing themselves in the professional league.
The lads have been thrilling their audiences all over Southern Germany and Switzerland ever since they came together in 2011. Their sound, related to AC/DC, ZZTop and NWOBHM make hard rock fans of all ages bang their heads. Hullabaloo and hustle and
bustle - the actual meaning of the band name Razzmattazz- are guaranteed.
Currently their third album “Diggin’ For Gold” is available. A great reflection of Razzmattazz’s overall aim because you absolutely can't ignore the band's tireless efforts on behalf of Rock & Roll. They're workin' it to the max. After over 150 gigs connected to any imaginable electrical outlet the next stage is evolving: taking on the national festival scene. A natural progression since the band won, among others, the “Publikums-Opening-Contest” award (audience opening award) of the ROCK-OF-AGES festival where they performed with bands such as Krokus, Doro and Avantasia. Back then the press already agreed:
RAZZMATTAZZ – Remember the name, buy the record, visit the concert. But they aren't stopping there.
Digging For Gold is bearing fruits increasingly. Radio Hamburg became aware of the band which led to them performing in front of 5,000 bikers at the “Motorradgottesdienst 2016” (Motorcycle worship 2016) in Hamburg. A cooperation with Lucky-Bob-Music-Management made e.g. support gigs with the Scottish band Nazareth possible. Razzmattazz took the opportunity and eagerly collected new, enthusiastic fans.
Following the award-winning and trade press praised LPs "Rock and Roll Hero" (2012) and "Sons of Guns" (2014) which both won the Best New Hard Rock LP Award at the German Rock and Pop Awards – 12 new songs are ready and eager to hit your ear drums and to acoustically kick ass. Razzmattazz has created a new, refreshing and diverse record. It’s no surprise that this record joined its predecessors in winning the first prize at the 34th Rock and Pop awards. Triple! Three records, three times no. 1. In the 34 years of the Rock and Pop Awards, no other band in history has achieved this. Their cooperation with kraut rock legend EROC has reaped tangible rewards, for the third time now he’s manning the controllers and is the one responsible for mixing and mastering. The result is a sexy mix of ass-kick-rock, NWOBHM and a
proper share of power-blues influence. Tight, punchy, refreshing, extreme. Singing along? Without a doubt. Razzmattazz has hit the gold. Potentially the most powerful record the band has yet to produce.
“All Lights on Me” and “Back To You” are the band’s first ballads. Ballads and Razzmattazz? Is that even possible? Yes it is: But in Razzmattazz style. Give it a try. On “Diggin’ for Gold” you’ll find several energy loaded songs with chart-breaking potential and No.1-song- quality. The approximately 80 reviews worldwide on the record “Diggin’ for Gold” verify Razzmattazz: “The lads now cement their status in the professional league."
If Razzmattazz continue to propel in this direction, creating top song material and pursuing their goals with tireless persistence, "gold status" won’t be far.
Line-Up: Tom Schaupp, Ulf S. Gokeler, Wolle Heieck, Peter Uzik
Tom Schaupp, singer, guitar player, song writer and founder of the band combines two things that are essential for the band: He’s singing the songs so easy-going and cool just like he’s playing them. His special voicing provides the band a special touch which makes them recognizable. Thereby he is always close to the audience, very catchy. His kind attitude comes with a twinkle in his eye and around him it never gets boring.
Ulf S. Gokeler is pounding on Razzmattazz’s drums since 2017. He released already many records world-wide (e.g. Sanvoisen, Das Scheit) and supported bands such as Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Saxon. He did already several tours in Europe. Since he’s broadly diversified in music he loves playing metal as much as playing the blues. However his heart belongs to pure rock. Even without a diploma he worked at several public music schools and now as a drum-coach, teaching book author and studio drummer.
New on the bass since April 2018: Peter Ucik. A subwoofer of the old guard. Influenced by artists such as Cliff Williams from ACDC andTom Hamilton from Aerosmith since the age of 13, that deeply rooted passion forthe artistry has been pulsating through his veins ever since. His Motto "playsimple and play well" has carried his professional music career to manydifferent countries on countless stages, playing nearly all genres of music.Peter brings the expertise gained after participating in over 2,000 live shows,including opening for bands such as Uriah Heep, Manfred Mans Earth Band,Doro Pesch, Saxon, Spencer Davis, Scorpions and more. Heis a badass bassist with balls and once again exactly where he's always feltmeant to be- in the world of Rock'n'Roll. Who kicks your ass? The bass of RAZZMATTAZZ.
Wolfgang “Doubleyou” Heieck from Heilbronn, guitar, lecturer at the Modern Music School, supported Xavier Naidoo, Slade (amongs other). For many years now, he has also played the guitar for the award-winning choir of SWR- Chorduells 2013 “Open doors”. This gives him the chance to play with more well-known faces of the industry, e.g. with the the musicians of Südwest-Rundfunks (Southern-German radio station). He supported “Open Doors” at record and video productions.
Besides the high musical skills of each musician, RAZZMATTAZZ are also characterised by the spectrum of their compositions. They provide you with the genres hardrock, rock, NWOBHM (new wave of British heavy metal) and blues. At the same time the band’s sound is always influenced by the deep, pumping groove of the rhythme group and the thrilling, harmonious and catchy compositions of the loveable power troop.
Summary of the greatest achievements so far