Friday, September 21st • Bar opens 8PM, Green Room 9PM, Club 10PM
Tickets on Sale 8/7 @ 12PM.
Tiga ( Turbo Recordings | Montreal )
Bil Todd ( The NeedlExchange - TNX | DC )
Saad Ashraf b2b Kundalini ( Sous La Terre | DC )
SQUIRE ( Rebellion | Barcelona )
Philip Goyette ( Flash | DC )
markintheDark ( DC )
KayLaSoul ( DC )
It seems Tiga was always destined to be a DJ. When he was growing up, until the age of 12, his parents spent half the year in Montreal, the other half in Goa. “They were hippies,” he says, “But it’s not like we lived on an commune.” It was, “wild” however. He remembers getting up at 6AM and cycling to meet his parents at Goa’s legendary beach parties. “I wasn’t allowed to go at night time,” he says. “There would be people out of their mind, swinging from trees. The music was kind of like they played in Ibiza in the late ’80s. My dad said it was music you did ‘serious dancing’ to. I guess that’s something that stuck with me. Never underestimate the power of being lost in the moment on the dancefloor. The funny thing is I grew up oddly conservative. And I’ve never found and of the after hours party scene shocking. I’ve never felt the need to rebel.”
Tiga’s first proper job was packing clothes in a factory. Everyone else that worked there was Jamaican. “It was so boring,” says Tiga, “But the people and music were great.” It was at this time that he started DJing, playing rave music inspired by the UK scene. In 1994, he bought a record shop called DNA. Two years later, in 1996, he opened his own club, Sona.. Then, in 1998, he launched his own record label, Turbo, which has since developed into one of techno’s most trusted imprints. Acts signed by Tiga who’ve gone on to become major dance music players include Chromeo, Azari & III, Gessafelstein, and Duke Dumont.
Tiga has played a huge part in defining the dance music landscape. He counts some of dance music’s biggest names as friends and collaborators. Indeed, collaborators have always been important part of Tiga’s make up. “Each album has had a few key players,” he explains. “The first album was me, Jesper Dahlback and 2manydjs. The second was 2manydjs and Gonzales. This time it was mainly Matthew Dear and a friend of mine from Montreal called Clarian, who used to record as Footprintz. This album made me realise that if there a secret to my longevity it’s the people I work with. More often than not we’ve become close friends. It’s the favourite thing about my career is getting to spend time with interesting people.”
New album, a live show: it feels like a new start for Tiga. But also a return to what made him so fresh and exciting in the first place. “The new album is definitely a little less clubby than the stuff I’ve made recently,” he says. “The thing I feel good about now, and I can hear on the album, is that I feel more honest, open and playful. I think those things were more prominent at the start of my career, and it’s good to see them back.”
Only a fool would argue with that.