Tiga

Tiga

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Biography

The citizen may take a bride, but it is the rifleman who takes a lover. Ultimately we all must choose either the myth or the mountain.”

The origins of Montreal born DJ-producer-incipient Teutonic legend Tiga lie to the vague and troubling East, where he was weaned on the nefarious milk of the notorious 1980s Indian club scene. “To the unforgiving eye,” he says of the sybaritic night-kingdom, “a world of filth and decadence is revealed. For example, I’m fairly certain that more than a few club owners had an unsavory arrangement with the man who brought the folding chairs. I was at once appalled and enraptured. After that, I had no choice in the matter.”

By 1990, Tiga had returned to Montreal, prodigiously night wise and unsatisfied with the existing local club scene (calling it “the plumage of a bird I cannot bring myself to want.”) With the help of a core group of friends, he began to throw a series of small parties infused with the sense of dead-eyed ennui gleaned from a past littered with acid whores and crazed Indian gamblers. Other innovations which Tiga introduced to Montreal party culture include guest DJs, intense street promotions featuring rival gangs of street acrobats, color flyers, multi-dj sets, and leading the supplicant crowd through the innermost corridors of one’s soul.

It was this heady time of dizzying innovation and ravenous sexual ambition which culminated in the birth of 1993’s “Solstice,” generally considered to be Montreal’s first genuine rave. (A year earlier, a hyper-prescient Tiga staged “Eclectricity,” the first online rave, a project whose utter failure remains a source of bafflement: “It broke my heart, given my views on diversity. . . I am, I feel, a very interactive person.”) Tiga has since helped to orchestrate no less than ten major events, including “The Orb Live,” “Pure,” and the very first North American appearance of continental illusionist Jean-There.

In 1994, Tiga bought DNA Records, a small medical data concern, and parlayed it into Montreal’s premiere electronic music boutique. “We’ve always believed in putting the customer first, from helping you find that one minimal house record that will make your collection to offering concerned looks as you wade through the enormous backlog of test results to discover if you are in fact afflicted with a congenital disease.”

In 1996, Tiga mourned the death of actor and poet Tupac Shakur.
That same year, the Montreal dance community found a haven for the boldest feats of dance, where fools are in love with mystery and sex-valor is prized above all else. Sona (meaning literally ‘Liar-dancer’) was initially conceived of by Tiga and his two partners as “a perverse, jeering monolith, because nothing is sacred anymore” but it has evolved into much more. In addition to its place amongst the pantheon of urban groove centers, on weekdays it rents out its facilities, at a very reasonable rate, to a local program dedicated to teaching homeless men to dance properly (“I just think it’s an important project,” Tiga said at the time).

In 1998, Tiga started Turbo Recordings as an outlet for his wildman organ escapades but he soon found a host of other artists who were willing to be paid to record for him. Turbo has released over 20 albums, 2 samplers, and 12 vinyl twelve inches as well as secured global distribution with Prime, Intergroove and Caroline. Notable releases include Peter Benisch’s “Soundtrack Saga,” Christopher Handlebar’s “To a Time of Asia” and Tiga’s own “Mixed Emotions” and “American Gigolo”

By last year, however, overwork and media saturation began to show their strain, as evidenced by Tiga’s hysterical outburst at a fashion photographer during a promo shoot:

“I’ll sit for your venal cigarette pictures, but I will not indulge you in your game of ‘Eyes! Lies! Surprise!’ I dare you, coward-- call out your cloakmen! What are you waiting for? The truth?!”

Following a month spent riding horses and caring for his voice, Tiga entered the studio with producer Zyntherius “Jori” Hulkonnen and a singular vision: “electro, but mainly about my eyes.” The result, a searing rendition of his former Mother Mio bandmate Corey Hart’s solo smash “Sunglasses at Night,” challenged dancers and seduced critics alike, yet Tiga is coy when asked about its impact, particularly in Germany: “’Sunglasses’ is a sinless child, a gleaming medallion. But is also a trick, a trick of memory. You must understand-- on a whim, we revealed the hidden fire of Europe.”

But fires need tending and lumber. And so be advised of the onslaught of Tiga-powered releases, both recent and forthcoming. They are his craft, his life, his fire:

The immense success garnered by “Sunglasses at Night” was just one facet that catapulted him into the international feeding frenzied world of other electronic music notables. Tiga has remixed for the likes of Martini Bros., Alpinestars, Linda Lamb, Crossover, FC Kahuna, Cabaret Voltaire, Telepopmusik, Fe

Discography

Releases:
Sunglasses At Night (CD, Maxi) Electric Kingdom 2001
Sunglasses At Night (CD, Maxi) Low Spirit Recordings 2001
Sunglasses EP (12") International Deejay Gigolo Records 2001
DJ-Kicks (12") Studio !K7 2002
DJ-Kicks (CD, Maxi, Promo) Studio !K7 2002
Sunglasses At Night (12") City Rockers 2002
Sunglasses At Night (CD, Maxi) City Rockers 2002
Sunglasses At Night (CD, Maxi) Turbo 2002
Sunglasses At Night (CD, Maxi) ID&T 2002
Sunglasses At Night (CD, Single) ID&T 2002
Sunglasses At Night (CD, Single) 541 2002
Sunglasses At Night (Remixes) (12") City Rockers 2002
Sunglasses At Night (Remixes) (CD, Maxi) Low Spirit Recordings 2002
Sunglasses At Night Remixed (12") International Deejay Gigolo Records 2002
Burning Down (12") Turbo 2003
Hot In Herre (12") Skint Records 2003
Hot In Herre (CD, Maxi) Skint Records 2003
Hot In Herre (CD, Maxi) EastWest Records GmbH 2003
Hot In Herre (12") EastWest Records GmbH 2003
Hot In Herre (CD, Enh, Promo) Skint Records 2003
Hot In Herre (12") Skint Records 2003
Hot In Herre (CD, Enh, Promo) Skint Records 2003
Hot In Herre (DJ Kicks) (CD, Maxi) Feel The Rhythm 2004
Louder Than A Bomb (12", Promo, S/Sided) Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2004
Pleasure From The Bass (12", Promo) Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2004
Pleasure From The Bass (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2004
Pleasure From The Bass (CD, Maxi) Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2004
Pleasure From The Bass (CD, Single) Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2004
Good As Gold (2x12", Ltd) Different 2005
Louder Than A Bomb (12") Play It Again Sam (PIAS), Different 2005
Louder Than A Bomb (CDr, Promo) Playground Music Scandinavia 2005
Sexor (CD, Promo) Play It Again Sam (PIAS), Different 2005
You Gonna Want Me (CD, Maxi) Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2005
You Gonna Want Me (CD, Maxi) Play It Again Sam (PIAS), Different 2005
You Gonna Want Me (12", Promo, S/Sided) Different 2005
You Gonna Want Me (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2005
You Gonna Want Me (CD, Maxi) Addiction Records 2005
You Gonna Want Me (Remixes) (12") Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2005
(Far From) Home (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
(Far From) Home (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
(Far From) Home (CD, Single) Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
(Far From) Home (CD, Maxi) Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
(Far From) Home (7") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
(Far From) Home (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
(Far From) Home (Promo Single) (CD, Maxi) Play It Again Sam (PIAS), Different 2006
(Far From) Home (Remix) (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
(Far From) Home (Remixes) (12", Promo) Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
3 Weeks (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
3 Weeks (Remixes) (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
3 Weeks / Move My Body (Remixes Promo) (CD, Maxi) Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
Good As Gold (12") Play It Again Sam (PIAS), Different 2006
Good As Gold (2x12") Different 2006
Move My Body (12") Different, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
Sexor (3xLP) Play It Again Sam (PIAS), Different 2006
Sexor (CD) Play It Again Sam (PIAS), Different 2006
Sexor (CD) Last Gang Records 2006
Sexor (2xCD) Play It Again Sam (PIAS), Different, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited 2006

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Remixes:
Flash (12") Flash (Tiga's Acid Fla... Turbo
Popmusic (12") Popmusic (TGV Vocal Mix) Not On Label
The Loft Club Barcelona (CD) Come About (Tiga Remix) Sinnamon Records
Trash Companion #01 (2xLP) Madame Hollywood (Tiga... End Recordings
Drinking in L.A. (Mount Real Mixes) (12") Sinking in L.A. (Dub) Audiogram 1997
Drinking in L.A. (Mount Real Mixes) (12", Promo) Sinking in L.A. (Dub) Audiogram 1997
American Gigolo (CD) Hot Room (Tiga Remix) Turbo 2001
Turbo Studio Sessions Vol. 2 (CD) Crockett's Theme (Tiga... Turbo, Turbo 2001
Turbo Studio Sessions Vol. 2 (2xLP) Crockett's Theme (Tiga... Turbo 2001
Turbo Studio Sessions Vol. 2 (CD) Crockett's Theme (Tiga... Turbo 2001
Access Peace - The Loveparade Compilation 2002 (2xCD) Flash (Tiga's Acid Fla... Low Spirit Recordings 2002
American Gigolo (CD) Hot Room (Tiga Remix) International Deejay Gigolo Records 2002
Breathe (12", Promo) Breathe (TGV Remix) Capitol Records 2002
City Rockers Present Futurism 2 (2xCD) Flash (Tiga's Acid Fla... City Rockers 2002
Club Nation 2002 (2xCD) Machine Says Yes (Tiga... Ministry Of Sound Nordic 2002
Club Nation Ibiza (2xCD) Machine Says Yes (Tiga... Ministry Of Sound 2002
Crockett's Theme (12") Ocean Drive (Tiga's Wh... Voidcom 2002
Crockett's Theme (Remixes) (12") Ocean Drive (Tiga's Wh... Turbo 2