Liaison Artists

Tuff City Kids is a duo consisting of Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer.

Ordinarily, you would put J before L to preserve alphabetical order, but in this case the amount of work done by Lauer necessitates some sort of nod – rhetorically or otherwise.

Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer are creatures of habit. Every week, the two club veterans meet up at Phillipʼs studio and spend an entire day making tunes. And while Gerd often likes to joke that his role in the arrangement is limited to making coffee and looking at his cell phone, itʼs clear that the two men have forged a potent partnership, one thatʼs been responsible for an astonishing amount of dancefloor heat over the past few years.

Incredibly, this German pair has managed to maintain a relatively low profile, despite the steady stream of music theyʼve released via well-respected labels like Unterton, Delsin, Internasjonal, Permanent Vacation and Live at Robert Johnson.And then there are the remixes—Azari & III, Scuba, The Juan Maclean, Fort Romeau, Avalon Emerson, Massimiliano Pagliara and Sinkane are just a small sampling of the artists whoʼve enlisted Tuff City Kids to work their studio magic.

Janson and Lauer live in and around Frankfurt and can often be found at the city’s finest club, Robert Johnson.

2016 will see the release of the debut album from Tuff City Kids; “Adoldesscent” will be released on Permanent Vacation in October 2016.

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