Larry Tee at Carnage Recordings studio in London 2011.
|Birth name||Lawrence Thom|
|Born||October 12, 1959|
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, USA|
|Occupations||DJ, club promoter, music producer|
|Labels||Ultra Records, Djs Are Not Rockstars, Mogul Electro, Whacked Records, Universal Records|
|Associated acts||Afrojack, Shontelle, Princess Superstar, Sean Garrett, Santigold, Steve Aoki, Herve, Lady Gaga, Sia, La Roux, Major Lazer, Roxy Cottontail, Charlie Le Mindu, Sebastian Leger, Vandalism, Keith and Supabeat RuPaul, Avenue D, t.A.T.u., The Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, Peaches, W.I.T., Blogula|
|Website||Larry Tee Official Website|
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 collaborated with Amanda Lepore and Princess Superstar.
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 drag personalities such as RuPaul, 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 took over the Club Kids scene with his epic party, Love Machine. He hosted the infamous DISCO 2000 seen in the movie Party Monster's hot body contest, and 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, 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, Ladytron, Charli XCX and Peaches, who all participated in the festival. He also created and managed the nouvea-music electro girl group, W.I.T.
In 2009 Tee released the iTunes top 20 dance album Club Badd, which featured songs by Blogger 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. Currently he is remixing for a range of artists including Lady Gaga and La Roux.
In 2011, Tee lived in Shoreditch, London with Hans Rahbek, among others, and was very much influenced by the mixture of Danish minimalism, hysterical realism, satire, video game performance, and tragicomic philosophical elements that Rahbek is known for.
Larry runs a weekly night in east London called Super Electric Party Machine at East Bloc every Friday Night.
- "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