Tamara van der Laarse
6 March - Red Light Radio (with Club Lederhosen)
10 March - Seduction III, with Margie, The No, Raderkraft (Cinetol)
Tamara van der Laarse (The No)/ Sounds Like Tamara: creative music designer & dj & producer of electronic music. For fashion shows, sounds for website. Also art direction & marketing events Club Lederhosen.
Amsterdam born dj, producer and audio-graphic designer Tamara has emerged to be a very broad, inspiring and recognized DJ within the electronic underground scene of Amsterdam over the past 14 years. Performing as a dj on the most obscure underground locations like OT301, OCCII, to renown pop-stages like Melkweg, where she shared the venue with some of her favorite bands like The Soft Moon, The KVB, LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax and many more.
Styles: from new beat to minimal wave, rave or electro. Or strange music. Loves modern classical music and every now and then she needs to listen to Serge Gainsbourg. Her record collection has a broad selection of records from all sorts of labels: WARP, Turbo, Border Community, Boys Noize, DFA, Herzblut, Kompakt, Output, Versatile, late 80's new beat stuff from Belgium.
Funny detail: a few Belgians were the first to discover her :)
- Gonzo Circus released 2 tracks on Mind The Gap. (2006 and 2013)
- 2 Many Djs invited her for a live performance at Radio Soulwax(2008)
Bio The No (long read)
The No is an audio graphical project by Tamara van der Laarse. It started when she designed record sleeves for a non-existing artist: The No, conceptually and typographically referring to desires like 'no fame' and 'no label'. The No is reflecting a desire, a missing element that could turn into the opposite.
Playing with sounds is something she did since she was little, recording herself and airplane sounds with her mother tape recorder. At the age of six she got classically trained in music, playing piano and cello until her 14th. Her father is a bass player and probably the reason why she loves low sounds so much.
Her love for music has always been there and exploded when she was working in record stores in Amsterdam, collecting new music and passing on her knowledge to customers, who sometimes became friends & colleagues from the music industry.
In 2005 The No actually turned into something real, when she started to compose sounds. The first concept was secret love songs for no boyfriends, a classic method of dealing with artistic expression. The No went from having no fans or followers, to people liking her music. The No is electronic, rhythmic, heavy layered, elegantly composed and a little weird.
In 2006 she released her second track, on the little record label run by friends, Plattegrond. They organized memorable wild rave parties on obscure locations, far from the underground. Many years later later that would turn out into a festival, called Sounds Of The Underground (SOTU Festival).
The No remixed tracks by:
July 2014: re-release of Hunter Complex' "Serious Glass" remix, on Mind The Gap #109 (Gonzo Circus), Belgian art & music magazine.
April 2014: I remixed a track "Serious Glass", for Hunter Complex, it will be released on Narrominded. (12-05-2014)
The Moi Non Plus Remixed(Subbacultcha, 2009)
The Wooden Constructions (2009)
Machinefabriek, Kruimeldief (2007)
Unofficial No remixes: (just because I had to do something with it, from an artistic point of view)
No Niobe (Caribou, 2007), Quote by Dan Snaith: "i really like your mix... it keeps all the tension of the original whilst freeing it from the rigid rhythmic feel of the original."
Radiohead (Videotape), oh damn it's still running on a myspace account, oh dear.
Nightmares & Fairytales is a series of imaginary soundtracks and secret lovesongs. Work-in-progress, still searching for a record label, to be continued!