DJ/producer/remixer extraordinaire and electro-emitting Rumpelstiltskin—whether it’s novelty covers, eighties remixes or edgy dancefloor fillers, Tiga spins it all into gold. Hailing from Montreal, Tiga cut his teeth in the city’s early rave scene, eventually founding his own record label, Turbo Recordings, in 1998. Less than two years later, Turbo was already a critical success, with releases from techno-minded artists like Jesper Dahlback, Alexi Delano and Joel Mull. As a producer, Tiga was first detected on the global music radar in 2001 with his remake of Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night,” (alongside Finnish DJ/producer Jori Hulkkonen). Another playful cover, Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” teamed Tiga with future collaborator Jake Shields of Scissor Sister’s fame. The duo would later reunite on Tiga’s recent artist-album debut “Sexor,” yielding a hit single in the hook-meets-bass Soulwax production “You Gonna Want Me.” Also included on the new album is a pair of last year’s bigger hits: “Louder Than a Bomb” (yes, that is Tiga reprising his rapping skills after Nelly to take on Public Enemy), and the bombastic “Pleasure From the Bass.” With a keen ear for pop, Tiga works the decks in the same fashion as his productions. Pure hooks combine with a pumping heart of churning techno, squelching acid flashbacks, and way more fun than a monotone electro vocalist should be capable of producing. Drop into Smart Bar to catch a truly unique talent—you’d be hard-pressed to find another DJ who makes incredibly danceable sounds seem simultaneously serious and unabashedly fun. Local favorite DJ Trancid will also be on hand to lend deck support. (Duke Shin)
September 27 at Smart Bar.