Larry Tee at Carnage Recordings studio in London 2011.
|Birth name||Lawrence Thom|
|Born||October 12, 1959|
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, USA|
|Genres||Electroclash, house, pop|
|Occupation(s)||DJ, club promoter, producer|
|Labels||Ultra, Djs Are Not Rockstars, Mogul Electro, Whacked, Universal|
|Associated acts||Afrojack, Shontelle, Princess Superstar, Sean Garrett, Santigold, Steve Aoki, Hervé, Lady Gaga, Sia, La Roux, Major Lazer, Roxy Cottontail, Charlie Le Mindu, Sebastian Leger, Vandalism, Keith & Supabeatz, RuPaul, Avenue D, t.A.T.u., Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, Peaches, W.I.T., Blogula|
Larry Tee (born October 12, 1959) is a New York City-based DJ, club promoter, and music producer who coined the musical genre term electroclash and helped launch the careers of such artists as RuPaul, Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, Peaches, W.I.T., and Avenue D, and has written songs for and collaborated with Afrojack, Shontelle, Princess Superstar, Santigold, RuPaul, Sean Garrett, Steve Aoki, and Amanda Lepore. He is currently living in London and running a new label Carnage Music with DJ/producer AttackAttackAttack, working with London artists such as ABSOLUTE., Protia Ferrari, Lady Cartel, Nwando Ibizie and the Serious Thugs. In January 2014 he launched his clothing line TZUJI at London Fashion Week. TZUJI, which is primarily extravagant sportswear in outrageous prints and luxurious fabrics, will be available this fall in Asia and throughout Europe.
New York Press credited Tee as ‘a hipster before there were hipsters, a club kid before Michael Alig dismembered one and a man who made Williamsburg cool again’. The magazine celebrated Tee's electroclash credentials as well as his role in making RuPaul a star in the 90s.
Tee was born to two Canadian-born citizens in Seattle, Washington. He grew up in Seattle and then Marietta, Georgia. He moved to Atlanta in the early 1980s, where he became a part of the music scene and he hung out with personalities such as RuPaul, Michael Stipe (REM), Lady Bunny, and Lahoma Van Zandt at the Celebrity Club in Atlanta.
In 1989, Tee along with RuPaul and Lady Bunny and Lahoma Van Zandt moved to NYC and quickly became involved with the Club Kids scene with his epic party, Love Machine. He hosted nights at Michael Alig's infamous DISCO 2000, which is featured in the movie Party Monster. He also DJ'ed at the ROXY on a weekly basis.
During the 1990s, he became a prominent DJ by playing at highly regarded venues such as Palladium, Twilo, and the Roxy NYC. In 1992, Tee co-wrote the RuPaul's top 40-hit "Supermodel (You Better Work)".
In the early 2000s, while spinning at the Berliniamsburg party at the club Luxx, Tee created and trademarked the term "electroclash" and it became well known enough that it started to appear in the Oxford Dictionary. He coordinated and managed the 2001 Electroclash Festival, which featured Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, and Peaches, who all participated in the festival. He also created and managed the nouveau-music electro girl group, W.I.T.
In 2009 Tee released the iTunes top 20 dance album Club Badd, which featured songs by Perez Hilton, Princess Superstar (the Licky single was later re-written by Sean Garrett of Beyoncé/Usher fame and re-recorded by Shontelle), Jeffree Star, Roxy Cottontail, Herve, Bart B More, and Christopher Just. Licky also appeared on the Steve Aoki mix album with Santogold rapping on it and in the Russell Brand movie, "Get Him To the Greek". In 2010, Larry Tee released the single "Let's Make Nasty" featuring Roxy Cottontail and it was re-released in the UK in 2011. In 2010 Tee collaborated with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and Amanda Lepore to produce Hilton's first music track. He has remixed artists like Sia, Iggy Azalia, Steve Aoki, REM, Lady Gaga, Roisin Murphy, Kele of Bloc Party and Cher.
In 2011, Tee moved to Shoreditch, London. He runs a weekly night in east London called Super Electric Party Machine at East Bloc every Friday Night and XOYO that has featured artists like Charli XCX, Brooke Candy, AME from Duke Dumonts #1 smash, Le1f, Ssion, and 2 Bears' Rolf.
- "Larry Tee biography on Yahoo! Music", Andy Kellman, Allmusic, accessed April 15, 2008.
- "Larry Tee tops New York tastemaker poll on inthemix.com.au", accessed March 1, 2011.
- Larry Tee Biography at Odeo.com
- Larry Tee Biography on Yahoo! Music
- "ELECTROCLASH FESTIVAL 2001".
- "NME Live Reviews - Electroclash Festival : New York City Various Venues - NME.COM".