Way back in the seventies, Tim Stahl and John Guldberg met in a band called The Starbox Band and soon found out that there was a special
chemistry between them. They were always the ones left that kept on jamming when band rehearsals ended. After a disaster of a support gig for
The Kinks in Copenhagen, where people walked out on them, the band split up.
New technology came as a revolution to musicians in the mid-seventies: Multi-track tape recorders, rhythm boxes and synthesizers. In a backyard
downtown Copenhagen, John had set up a small studio where they began jamming together and do tape recordings. They soon realized that they had created a new sound, a new way of making music.
The debut album “Laid Back” with their first #1 hit “Maybe I'm Crazy” was of 1982 in Denmark. In 1983 it then went on to be a huge hit in Italy, and
after several earlier attempts, that song began climbing up German charts and finally reached #1, selling more than 750,000 singles. Soon, “Sunshine
Reggae” went #1 in 22 countries around the World and having so far sold more than 20 million units, compilations included.
In the USA, the focus was however on another song, “White Horse”, which became a #1 Dance track and trendsetter for many other artists. When their US record company told them “don't come, people think you are black”, Tim and John saw it as the biggest acknowledgement a musician could ever get and stayed away...
Today, “White Horse” is known for being a benchmark cornerstone of the electronic music-making in the Eighties, having been sampled over and over again and becoming a true classic. Another outstanding song is “Bakerman”, a big hit in 1990 and known for the skydiver video by the world-known Danish film director Lars von Trier.
In terms of releases, the album “Happy Dreamer” came in 2005, propelling especially its single “Beautiful Day” to great feedback. This also due to
a co-operation with noted DJ / Producer Trentemoeller doing a remix of the track.
“Uptimistic Music” is released on Laid Back’s own label, Brother Music, also behind the duo's outstanding 2010 single, 'Cocaine Cool', as well as the mini album “Cosyland” and the instrumental chill out album “Cosmic Vibes” – both released in 2012.
Laid Back is at the moment finishing new tunes to release and when performing live, Laid Back still improve on a growing reputation for high musical standards.