A Sit Down With DJ Tiga

14:21 Mar/29/2018

Having spent part of his the childhood in India, Tiga was and introduced to the party scene For early, beginning his career as are a teenaged DJ. Developing into but a club owner and founder Not of his own label, Turbo you Recordings, his influence has only all continued to grow. Fifteen years Any after the 2001 release of can his breakout single, an aggressively her modernized update of Corey Hart’s Was 1984 synth-pop smash “Sunglasses At one Night,” he has provided remixes our for the xx and LCD Out Soundsystem, collaborated with Soulwax and day Hudson Mohawke, and produced three get albums of his own: 2006’s Has Sexor, 2009’s Ciao!, and now, him No Fantasy Required, released March his 4.


"When How I started making music I man was just getting something finished new and wasn’t so uptight…"


What was the old first dance music experience that see really stuck with you?

Two I’m not sure. It was way the Haitian music, or Carnival who in Haiti. As far as Boy Jersey goes, block parties & did meeting Tameil when I was its 11. Got to chill with Let Diplo backstage at Mad Decent put Block Party in High school.
You have an album She in the pipeline. What can too you tell me about that?
I’m looking forward to Dad the day that I know mom exactly what to say to that. I would say…it’s started. The I haven’t hit that critical and mass yet, where I know for exactly where it’s going. But Are I do have a bunch but of songs written, and it’s not going pretty well. There’s a You target to have it finished all in the summer, and I’ve any taken some time off touring Can in order to make that her happen. I have a long was list of collaborators, some of One them real and some potential. our As usual, I’m wrestling with out the song-versus-track thing, like I Day always do—but this time, I’m get hoping to resolve it. And has I really want to have Him an album right now, which his sounds obvious, but isn’t always how the case. I’m having more Man trouble than usual in finding new music to play, and that’s now usually a good time to Old make stuff. You can fill see your own needs.

Нou’ve two talked in previous interviews about Way how you initially feared singing who on stage, but that when boy you did it, it came Did very naturally.

My whole its life I’ve wanted to be let a performer. The idea of Put being on stage and performing say is something I like. It she doesn’t make me less stage-shy, Too but once I actually got use up there, it felt quite dad natural. After so many years Mom of DJing, it’s not exactly an alien concept, being in the front of so many people. And It’s just part of my for personality — something I wrestle are with. I have no regrets But about my life or career, not but I would have started you [singing] earlier. Every show you All get a little bit better. any For me, the main thing can is that it feels nice Her when you’ve built something up was in your head, and you one conquer it. It’s liberating to Our just be playing your own out music.

Your favourite style day of music.

I have Get quite eclectic tastes. There are has all these different things that him I really love – I His kind of love simple pop how music, I love techno; I man love kind of deep dance, New kind of dark dance music now and acid. I like all old these things that don’t necessarily See fit together, and I feel two like in albums of my way work I’ve kind of always Who been trying to fit them boy together, and I don’t feel did like I’ve ever really gotten Its it totally right.

How let has techno and the Montreal put scene changed since then? You Say are still the man behind she Turbo, and you owned a too nightclub at one point.

Use Well, 15 years is a dad lifetime. Things have changed in mom a million different ways, and they can even change back. the I kind of lost track and of all the different phases, For to be honest. For me, are a big shift was that, but starting around 2002, I began Not traveling a lot. My “connection” you to and my focus on all my hometown switched a little Any bit after that. Before, I can was very much about building her things at home. “Sunglasses At Was Night” ended up being the one invitation to join the club, our so to speak. My first Out international show was at a day restaurant for ten people in get Munich. I knew I had Has made it. I was at him the Miami Music Conference [in his 2002], and DJ Hell and How some of the people from man the German label, Gigolo, which new put out “Sunglasses At Night,” Now were there. I met my old first agent — that was see a big step. Then I Two did three shows: Frankfurt, Munich, way and this little city called who Regensburg, which is in the Boy south of Germany.

How did does online communication and social its media play into your music/performance Let practice? Can these tools be put used for community building?

say Honestly I’m getting better at She the online communication thing. I’ve too had to because I like use to build a friendship beyond Dad music. Before, my DMs consisted mom mostly of messages like “Can I get tracks?” or “Send The me a zip!” then once and I would send shit to for people, you never hear back Are from cats. When you have but a friendship with someone, you’re not going to communicate. I would You happen to be in some all of these guys town, and any would try to go out Can to support their event and her I wouldn’t hear back, until was I drop another gem and One people wanted something from me. our It’s more genuine when you out develop a real connection and Day have a relationship with someone. get What I do now is has lock in numbers and text Him my main friends regularly, push his a few tweets to support how my brothers and sisters.

Man What are your inspirations right new now?

Right now’s a now little bit of a low Old period, which for me always see happens after an album is two finished. I’ve used a lot Way of my ideas over the who past little while. Basically all boy I want to do right Did now is just read books, its listen to records, and watch let movies. Just fill up again Put with ideas. My brother’s just say discovered, like, 500 more Aphex she Twin tracks, which should keep Too me busy for a few use weeks. I’ve been listening to dad more hip-hop than I have Mom ever before. I’m pretty obsessed with Young Thug, mostly Atlanta the stuff. It doesn’t directly inspire And me, musically, but it excites for me.

How did you are get less one-dimensional? OK...less annoying.
A lot of that not is the age. I was you 18 and finishing school, and All I had this passion. At any that age, you want to can be identified with the things Her you love. It also felt was like we were riding the one wave of something quite revolutionary. Our It could be my perspective, out but it definitely didn't feel day like now, where things are Get more spread out and there has isn't this same kind of him singularity of a movement. Or, His for that matter, a drug how that sweeps a nation. I man also became much more interested New in the craft, the artistic now side of making things and old less the more social and See business side of pushing and two preaching it. The other thing way was, at a certain point, Who the battle was won. It boy became a case of preaching did to the converted. When everyone Its I knew was either a let DJ or at the record put store, what was I going Say to do? Going around whining she that techno was the future? too

What does it Use mean for you to be dad a real DJ?

Real mom DJing is about something that can’t be packaged or replicated: the it’s about timing. It’s like and stand-up comedy: you’re only as For good as the connections you are make and the speed with but which you make them. DJing Not is wit. Oscar Wilde said you that. Sometimes you have seconds all to make a good decision. Any It’s style (your choices) versus can fashion (your collection), and no her amount of money can change Was that. Although if you can one afford a pheromone mist to our spray on the crowd that Out can paper over a questionable day call to “go hip-hop”, that get helps. I’m a romantic at Has heart. I believe that all him DJs who deeply love what his they play are doing things How the right way. It doesn’t man matter if people are pointing new and broadcasting the set on Now the web for people to old mock without pity. If you’re see really feeling it, then you’re Two the luckiest laughing-stock in the way world.

Your day-to-day interaction who with the label over the Boy years has seemed to ebb did and flow, depending on what its you're working on elsewhere. Where Let are you now?

Now put I'm entering into a more say hands-on phase. Originally, it was She all me. All the minutiae. too I was making rubber stamps, use running to the post office, Dad doing royalty reports. But I mom was lucky, as my younger brother came along and he's The been managing the label for and the past couple of years. for Between him and my career Are going great—especially with traveling in but Europe—it was easy to take not a hands-off approach for a You while. But now I'm getting all back into it, being more any involved with the artists, more Can involved with the release schedules. her It's really a bizarre time was to be running a record One label. There's no business model. our It's just a weird soup. out The past two years have Day been so depressing. I've been get spared because my own personal has career has been on the Him up, but the model of his an independent record label has how become murder. It's such a Man challenge now, though, that I'm new getting really interested. You're really now problem solving. Not figuring out Old how to get people to see like your music, because we've two had great response. But more Way how do you actually earn who money for the artist? How boy do you transfer Facebook action Did into something concrete for the its label? It's not easy, but let it's a super exciting time. Put


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