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Larry Tee


Larry Tee is a Brooklyn based DJ and producer who helped coin the term Electroclash with a series of festivals that once had the same name but are now called "The Outsider Electronic Music Festival." He's also known for returning calls and e-mails in a "scene" where everyone else is always "so sorry because they're always so busy". --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Tee [Apr 2005]


Larry Tee, the organizer of Electroclash™ 2001/2002 and head of Mogul Electro Records, is the loudest champion of the Electroclash/nu-Electro scene and this year is working to bring Electroclash 2003™ across America and Europe. Through his nightclub Luxx, in Brooklyn, and his legendary parties like Club Badd, Berliniamsburg and Electroclash Events, Larry has worked with virtually everyone in this hugely popular emerging genre. These groups include Fischerspooner, Peaches, Chicks on Speed, Felix Da Housecat, W.I.T., Avenue D, Adult, DJ Hell, Tiga, Bis, Ladytron, Arthur Baker, 2 many DJs, Spalding Rockwell and the Detroit Grand Pubas, to name a few. But his story predates the interest in the new Electro scene.

A native Atlantan, Larry Tee played in the band that produced the B-52’s first single, ran a nightclub called the Celebrity Club where 10,000 Maniacs, the Black Crows and Butthole Surfers played, and DJed the original Electro music of Kraftwerk, DAF, and Depeche Mode. While down south, he hooked up with RuPaul, Lady Bunny, and a band of drag queens that eventually all moved to NYC in 1989 to open Celebrity Club at the Tunnel nightclub. From there he started the famous Love Machine party, where the supermodels and movies stars rubbed elbows with Sinead, Prince, Deee-lite and New Order. During this time Larry wrote "Supermodel (You Better Work)" for Rupaul. In 1992 he started Disco 2000 with Michael Alig (Larry made the name up), and DJed Saturdays at the Roxy, The Limelite, Twilo and the Palladium. It was during these five years Larry became a raging drug addict and eventually got clean through the help of Narcotics Anonymous. Getting clean was the start of Electroclash for Larry.

After DJing house clubs for over 10 years, Larry found it increasingly difficult to be excited by the music. Looking around the underground record shops he found early singles by Adult and Chicks on Speed and then a friend took him to see Fischerspooner at Gavin Brown’s Gallery. Excited by what he saw, he began to seek out other artists that had a similar love for Electro music and he put together a collection of 15 NYC artists. This led him to the idea that a festival could bring attention to these artists he felt strongly about. In October of 2001 Fischerspooner, Peaches, Chicks on Speed, Adult, Detroit Grand Pubas, W.I.T., A.R.E. Weapons, Ladytron DJ Team, DJ Assault, Crossover and Soviet came together for an event that got the whole world talking about the music. The original Electroclash™ compilation of artists that Larry Tee put together came out in 2001 on Mogul Electro and has gone on to be an important document of the festival and of the movement. A second release, entitled Badd Inc., is a compilation of the hard-to-find outrageous tracks that have made his nightclub, Berliniamsburg so special. The much-anticipated album by the international girl group sensation, W.I.T., becomes available in the U.S. in March.

Starting with the Electroclash 2002 event in NYC, Larry Tee and W.I.T. embarked on a tour across America with Peaches, Chicks on Speed, and Tracy and the Plastics. Tee was the official tour deejay. The tour hit Boston, Philly, Toronto, Montreal, Columbus, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, LA, SF, Fort Worth, and Miami. W.I.T. and DJ Larry Tee then headed to Europe for a 3-week UK tour (in London playing Trash, 93 east, Sonic Mook, Nag Nag Nag, and a short detour to Manchester and Dublin), and performing in Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, and Zurich. Now the international media has exploded with interest in the Electroclash phenomena. W.I.T. has been featured with 5 pages in the Face, 3 pages in I-d, 2 pages in Spin, a feature in Sleazenation, NME, and covers of Billboard, Fader, BPM, Loop, and on the new “80s vs. Electro” CD on Ultra. Features on Larry Tee have appeared in GQ, Spin, Rolling Stone, Sleazenation, The Face, Surface, and many others. Last year the term Electroclash couldn’t be traced with an Internet search and now there are too many to load. --Green Galactic [April 2003]


It will be interesting to see how Larry Tee's self-anointed genre has held up with finicky New York clubbers since the festival's debut last year. Many of the same artists are also playing this go-round, including punk slut Peaches, A.R.E. Weapons, and artsy kitsch trio Chicks on Speed. New additions include indie band Bis, who recently dipped their toes into the electro pool, the cute but rather pointless W.I.T. project, Mount Sims, and Tracy and the Plastics. The opening night party at Webster Hall features Arthur Baker, 2 Many DJs/Soulwax, Erol Arkin, Tommie Sunshine, and Felix Da Housecat—whose album Kittenz and Thee Glitz should be used as a primer for all the nu-electro artists on how to properly take an old genre and make it new again. --www.electroclash.com

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