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Tiga in 2012
|Birth name||Tiga James Sontag|
|Born||1974 (age 38–39)|
|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Genres||Tech house, electro house, acid house, electrotech|
|Associated acts||Tiga & Zyntherius, The Dove, TGV, Rainer Werner Bassfinder, ZZT, Massimo Massivi|
Tiga James Sontag (born 1974 in Montreal, Canada) is a Canadian musician, DJ and record producer of electronic dance music. Tiga // has released two albums entitled Sexor and Ciao! Sexor won the 2007 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year. Tiga released a selection of compilations in the early 2000s, featuring mixes such as American Gigolo, DJ-Kicks: Tiga and, Mixed Emotions, which put him on the map as one of "the world's best mixers". His most recent compilation mix, Tiga Non-Stop, was released in November 2012, and premiered Tiga’s latest single "Plush." The mix also features tracks from artists such as Kindness, Duke Dumont and Blawan.
Tiga has remixed songs from the likes of The xx, LCD Soundsystem, The Kills, Cabaret Voltaire, Scissor Sisters, Peaches, Moby, Depeche Mode, Justice, Friendly Fires and Mylo. Along with Zombie Nation, Tiga is half of ZZT, and has released material as The Dove, Rainer Werner Bassfinder (with Jesper Dahlbäck), and TGV (with Mateo Murphy). He’s also co-produced music with the likes of Soulwax, James Murphy, Chilly Gonzales, Jesper Dahlbäck, and most recently Matthew Dear, who he worked with on "Plush."
In 1994, Tiga opened a store called DNA Records, and in 1998 founded his own label, Turbo Recordings which has gone on to release music from acts such as Proxy, Chromeo, ZZT, Boys Noize, Gesaffelstein and Azari & III. Before embarking on his solo career, Tiga was a key figure in establishing the Montreal rave scene in the early 90s, and created the legendary after-hours club SONA.
As a solo artist, Tiga released "Sunglasses at Night" with Finnish producer Jori Hulkkonen (aka Zyntherius). The single reached number 25 in the UK Dance Chart. Other successful chart singles include “Pleasure From The Bass,” “You Gonna Want Me” featuring Jake Shears, and his 2009 release “Shoes,” co-produced with Soulwax and Chilly Gonzales.
Tiga is the host of the BBC Radio 6 Music show "My Name Is Tiga," and made his acting debut in the 2010 film Ivory Tower, co-starring Chilly Gonzales, Feist and Peaches. The film won special mention at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Tiga's 2013 song "Plush" (Jacques Lu Cont remix) is featured in the best-selling video game Grand Theft Auto V.
Early Life & Career
1980s and 1990s
In 1990 Tiga and a few friends started throwing small parties and street promotions in Montreal that evolved into a cult following. Having bought DNA records in 1994, the nightclub SONA was then conceived in Montreal in 1996, with Tiga having a major role to play in the creation of the dance scene at the time. A few years later in 1998, Tiga founded Turbo Recordings, which went onto release records such as Peter Benisch’s “Soundtrack Saga,” Christopher Handlebar’s “To a Time of Asia” along with Tiga’s own “Mixed Emotions” and “American Gigolo”. The recording studio secured global distribution with Prime, Intergroove and Caroline.
2000 - 2003
In 2001, Tiga entered the studio with producer Zyntherius to record a rendition of Corey Hart's solo song, “Sunglasses at Night.” The track also made it to number two on the UK Dance Chart, number 23 on the UK National Singles Chart, number one on the MTV Dance Chart for over six weeks and was in the Top 20 on Germany’s National Singles Chart. Tiga also performed “Sunglasses at Night” with Zyntherius on Top Of The Pops.
Tiga completed remixes for the likes of Martini Bros, Alipinestars, Linda Lamb, Crossover, FC Kahuna, Cabaret Voltaire, Telepopmusik, Felix da Housecat, Fischerspooner and Dannii Minogue in the years that followed the success of “Sunglasses at Night.” In 2003, he commanded the attention of the scene with a mix CD for K7’s legendary DJ Kicks series. This was followed by the release of Tiga’s version of Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” which was licensed in the UK by Skint and Warner Music Germany. Tiga also offered up vocals on Richard X’s “You (Better Let Me Love You x4) Tonight” as well as on “Heartbreak/Ananda” by Adam Beyer and Jesper Dahlback, and Rik Stamina’s “Dancing Inside You”. Tiga remixed Alex Kidd’s “Come With Me”, Neon Judgement’s “TV Treated,” as well as Scissor Sisters’ cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” He also remixed “Da Hype,” by Junior Jack and Robert Smith, and Soulwax’s “E Talking”.
2004 - 2007
In 2004, Tiga released another single in the form of “Pleasure From The Bass” on Belgian imprint PIAS. The single “You Gonna Want Me”, a duet performed with Jake Shears (of Scissor Sisters fame) followed shortly after. In 2005, he completed remixes for Depeche Mode, The Vests, Moby, LCD Soundsystem, Mylo, Phillipe Zdar, Chelonius Jones, Drama Society & Thomas Andersson to name a few.
2006 marked the release of Tiga’s debut album, Sexor. This was followed with his European and Canadian tours, “Sexor over Europe” and “Sexor over Canada”. He also released a video for “(Far From) Home” that year, shot in Tokyo & directed by Nagi Noda. The single included remix work by the DFA, Digitalism, and Chicken Lips, as well as a remix by Tiga himself, “The Speed of Sexor Reprise.” Both “You Gonna Want Me” and “(Far From) Home” featured on charts in both the UK and Australia and Sexor won the 2007 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year.
The first single to come from Tiga after the release of his debut album was “Mind Dimension” - written and produced by Tiga and Jesper Dahlback and released in December 2008. Mind Dimension 2 was reworked and contains additional production by Soulwax.
The release of Tiga's second album, ‘Ciao!’ took place in 2009. Collaborators included Soulwax, Jesper Dahlbäck, Jori Hulkkonen and Jake Shears, as well as James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, and Chilly Gonzales. The popular singles "Shoes" and "What You Need" were releases from this album.
2011 - 2012
ZZT released their debut album, “Partys Over Earth” on Turbo Recordings in 2011. In November 2012, Tiga released his first single in 6 years, Plush on Different Recordings, which was then remixed by Ame, Jacques Lu Cont and Sinichi Osawa. He also compiled a mix CD called Tiga Non Stop, which features songs by Duke Dumont, Jacques Greene and Locked Groove.
Tiga founded Turbo Recordings in Montreal in 1998. The label helped launch his own career, at the same time as being central in the success of acts such as Chromeo, Proxy and Azari & III. Other names on the label include Jesper Dahlbäck, Gingy & Bordello, Jori Hulkkonen, Duke Dumont, Brodinski, Zdar, D.I.M, Martini Bros, Stu Thousand VI, Boys Noize and Sei A. The label houses a number of young producers hailing from pure techno, electro, house and pop genres.
Since 2001 Tiga has toured non-stop around the world. From Australia to Argentina, hitting festivals such as We Love Sounds, Renaissance, Oxegen Festival, T in the Park, Exit Festival, Melt Festival, Lovebox Festival, Urban Art Forms, Creamfields, Electrosonic, Space & Sound Festival, Amore Festival, Soulwaxmas, Sonar Festival and plenty more.
Awards and Nominations
My Name Is Tiga
“My Name is Tiga” is the name of Tiga’s BBC Radio 6 show that features unreleased exclusive music and classic dance tracks. Tiga’s broadcasting career began with the 90s CKUT terrestrial radio show “The Tiga and Gnat Show.” Several years later, he started the “My Name Is Tiga” podcast, which is now part of the monthly BBC 6 Music show schedule.
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In 2006, Tiga released his first album, Sexor, which featured collaborations with Soulwax, Jesper Dahlbäck, Jori Hulkkonen, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters. The album includes the singles "You Gonna Want Me" and "Far From Home," both of which charted in the UK and Australia. Sexor also won the 2007 Juno Award for "Dance Recording of the Year."
2009 saw the release of Tiga's second album, Ciao! In addition to frequent collaborators Soulwax, Jesper Dahlbäck, Jori Hulkkonen, and Jake Shears, the album featured contributions from James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, and Chilly Gonzales. Ciao! produced the popular singles "Shoes," "What You Need" and "Mind Dimension."
In 2011, ZZT released their debut album, Partys Over Earth, on Turbo Recordings.
DJ mix compilations
- Montreal Mix Sessions Vol. 1 (1998)
- Mixed Emotions: Montreal Mix Sessions Vol. 5 (2000)
- American Gigolo (2001)
- DJ-Kicks: Tiga (2002)
- INTHEMIX.05 (2005)
- Tiga: Non Stop (2012)
- "Sunglasses at Night" (2001), with Jori Hulkkonen, as Tiga & Zyntherius (UK #25)
- "TGV EP" (2002), as TGV, with Mateo Murphy
- "DJ-Kicks Promo" (2002), with Mateo Murphy
- "Running out of Time EP" (2003), as TGV, with Mateo Murphy
- "Hot in Herre" (2003), with Mateo Murphy and Jake Shears, (UK #46)
- "Burning Down" (2003), with Richard X
- "Pleasure from the Bass" (2004), with Jesper Dahlbäck, (UK #57)
- "Louder than a Bomb" (2005), with Jesper Dahlbäck
- "You Gonna Want Me" (2005), with Soulwax and Jake Shears, (UK #64, AUS #65)
- "Good as Gold" (2005), with Soulwax
- "Far From Home" (2006), (UK #65, AUS #69)
- "3 Weeks" (2006), with remixes by Jesper Dahlbäck, Booka Shade and Troy Pierce
- "Move My Body" (2006) including the original Only4Erol mix and a Boys Noize remix.
- "Lower State of Consciousness" (2007) as ZZT with Zombie Nation, including Justice remix.
- "Mind Dimension" (2008) (featuring special guest Jori Hulkkonen)
- "The Worm" (2008), as ZZT with Zombie Nation
- "Shoes" (2009) (featuring special guests Soulwax & Gonzales)
- "What You Need" (2009)
- "Beep Beep Beep" (2009)
- "Sex 'O Clock" (2010)
- "ZZafrika" (2010), as ZZT with Zombie Nation
- "Hands Up" (2010), as Massimo Massivi with Jesper Dahlbäck
- "Girl at a Party with Siren" (2011), as The Dove with Jesper Dahlbäck
- "Vulkan Alarm!" (2011), as ZZT with Zombie Nation
- "Partys Over Los Angeles" (2011), as ZZT with Zombie Nation
- "Plush" (2013)
- Bran Van 3000 - "Drinking in L.A." (Tiga, Mateo and Delage's Sinking In LA Dub)
- Märtini Brös. - "Flash" (Tiga's Acid Flashback mix)
- Komma 8 Komma 1 - "Popmusic" (TGV Vocal mix)
- The Devils - "Come Alive" (Tiga Swears Lies Remix)
- LCD Soundsystem - "Beat Connection" (Tiga Edit)
- FC Kahuna - "Machine Says Yes" (Tiga's Unreleased Mix)
- Felix Da Housecat featuring Miss Kittin - "Madame Hollywood" (Tiga's Mister Hollywood Version)
- FPU - "Ocean Drive" (Tiga's White Linen Vox)
- Cabaret Voltaire - "Nag Nag Nag" (Tiga & Zyntherius Radio mix)
- Alpinestars - "Snow Patrol" (Tiga TGV Disco Patrol dub)
- Dannii Minogue - "Put The Needle On It" (Tiga's Cookies Dub Edit)
- Linda Lamb - "Hot Room" (Tiga remix)
- FPU - "Race Car" (TGV Join The Race Remix) / (TGV Dub)
- Alexkid - "Come With Me" (Tiga vs Etoy Acideathravefuckinglive mix)
- Scissor Sisters - "Comfortably Numb" (Tiga remix) / (Tiga Dub)
- Märtini Brös. - "Flash" (Tiga's Unholy Trinity Mix)
- Télépopmusik - "Breathe" (TGV Remix)
- The Neon Judgement - "TV Treated" (Tiga's Recovered Vox) / (Tiga's Dub for Ivan)
- Crossover - "Phostographt" (Tiga's Revenge)
- Märtini Brös. - "Big and Dirty" (Tiga Remix)
- Peaches - "Shake Yer Dix" (Tiga's Where Were You in '92 Remix) / (Tiga's Where Were You in '92 Instrumental mix)
- Seelenluft - "I Can See Clearly Now" (Tiga Remix)
- Drama Society feat. Turner - "Crying Hero" (Tiga Remix)
- Junior Jack feat. Robert Smith - "Da Hype" (Tiga remix)
- Drinking Electricity - "Breakout" (Tiga edit)
- La Oreja de Van Gogh - "Bonustrack" (Tiga's Vocal Mix)
- Soulwax - "E Talking" (Tiga's Disco Drama remix)
- Tomas Andersson - "Washing Up" (Tiga's Na Na Na Na Na Remix)
- Zdar - "Don't U Want" (Tiga remix)
- LCD Soundsystem - "Tribulations" (Tiga's Out Of The Trance Closet mix)
- The Kills - "The Good Ones" (Tiga Remix)
- Mylo - "Muscle Car" (Tiga remix)
- Depeche Mode - "Shake The Disease" (Tiga Remix)
- Moby - "Where You End" (Tiga's All That I Need Is To Be Sampled mix) / (Tiga's All That I Need Is To Be Dubbed mix)
- Depeche Mode - "Suffer Well" (Tiga Remix)
- Pet Shop Boys - "Minimal" (Tiga's M-I-N-I-M-A-L Remix) / (Tiga's M-I-N-I-M-A-L Dub)
- Coldcut ft. Robert Owens - "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" (Tiga Mix)
- The Killers - "Bones (Tiga Mix)
- Alter Ego - "Gary" (Tiga's Italia 90 Mix)
- Fever Ray - "Triangle Walks" (Tiga's 1-2-3-4 Remix)
- Miike Snow - "Black & Blue" (Tiga Remix)
- The Prodigy - "Thunder" (Tiga Remix)
- Boys Noize - "Transmission" (Tiga Remix)
- Jamie Lidell - "I Wanna Be Your Telephone" (Tiga’s Party Like It’s 19909 Remix)
- The xx - "Shelter" (Tiga Remix)
- LCD Soundsystem - "I Can Change" (Tiga Remix)
- Friendly Fires - "Blue Cassette" (Tiga Remix)
- Azari & III - "Reckless (With Your Love)" (Tiga Remix)
- Footprintz - "Dangers of the Mouth" (Tiga Remix)
- Justice - "Canon" (Tiga Remix)
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 559. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Tiga's official website
- Official website for Turbo Recordings
- Official Tiga YouTube channel
- Tiga discography at Discogs
- Tiga Interview May 2006
- Tiga on RCRD LBL