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New Electroclash - New Maximal

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Friday, January 19, 2007

Electroclash pioneer Larry Tee chatted to Skrufff this week about his current musical style and revealed that as well as loving new rave he’s particularly enthused by ‘maximal’.

“Some of my contemporaries want to stone me because I love to dance to the new funky minimal techno-house sound, but I am not ready to give up the new-rave/electro house either. The solution is maximal,” said Larry.

Comparing maximal to Balearic (“you play whatever works for you, in Ibiza it was warm and fuzzy, in New York now people want variety’’) Larry said the style is revitalising clubland, with genre tied DJs increasingly struggling.

“The one note DJs who play just house or progressive or techno exclusively are having a tough time keeping the children interested. I definitely want to hear bombs going off and a loud and fast fusion of everything that kicks ass now, including minimal. AND I want some attitude on the floor like the old days,” he added. “Maximal is the best of everything.”

Starting his club career as one of the key characters in Michael Alig’s Club Kid scene of the ‘90s, Larry enjoyed his first taste of success, writing Ru Paul’s breakthrough hit Supermodel, though achieved his greatest recognition when he helped kick start electroclash. Nowadays one of the most successful DJs to have emerged from the scene, he sounded a cautionary note, however, for bands getting caught up too closely in the current new rave hype.

“I like the term new rave though having been associated with the term electroclash, I suspect any act labelled new rave will be haunted by the association and there is tons of great music being shoved into this category,” he said. “There is a similarity between electroclash and new rave but I definitely see a difference in the two definitions. New rave has a rockier slant with a nod towards electronica.”