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Tiga in 2007
|Tiga James Sontag|
18 September 1974 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Genres||Electronica, house, electro, hip hop, UK garage|
|Producer, DJ, singer-songwriter|
|Tiga & Zyntherius, The Dove, TGV, Rainer Werner Bassfinder, ZZT, Massimo Massivi|
Tiga James Sontag (born 1974) is a Canadian musician, DJ and record producer of electronic dance music. Tiga has released three albums entitled Sexor, Ciao!, and No Fantasy Required. 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 has 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."
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.
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.
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, Alpinestars, 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.
The release of Tiga's second album, Ciao! took place in 2009.
ZZT released their debut album, Party's Over, Earth on Turbo Recordings in 2011.
Tiga's 2013 song "Plush" (Jacques Lu Cont remix) is featured in the best-selling video game Grand Theft Auto V.
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.
Antville Music Video Awards
The Antville Music Video Awards are online awards for the best music video and music video directors of the year. They were first awarded in 2005.
|2005||"You Gotta Want Me"||Best Video||Nominated|
International Dance Music Awards
The Winter Music Conference (WMC) is a weeklong electronic music conference, held every March since 1985 in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. It is also known as the premiere platform for electronic dance music. The conference brings together professionals such as artists, DJs, record label representatives (A&R), producers, promoters, radio and the media for seminars and panel discussions. Thousands of attendees attend the Winter Music Conference each year.
|2010||"Shoes"||Best Electro Track||Nominated|
|2014||"Let's Go Dancing"||Best Tech House/Techno Track||Won|
|Best Underground Dance Track||Nominated|
|Himself||Best Techno/Tech House DJ||Nominated|
|2015||"Bugatti"||Best Indie Dance Track||Nominated|
|2016||"Dancing Again"||Best Tech House/Techno Track||Nominated|
|2007||Sexor||Dance Recording of the Year||Won|
Music Video Production Awards
The MVPA Awards are annually presented by a Los Angeles-based music trade organization to honor the year's best music videos.
|2006||"You Gonna Want Me" (ft. Jake Shears)||Best Electronic Video||Nominated|
|"Far From Home"||Nominated|
UK Music Video Awards
|2009||"Shoes"||Best Dance Video||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction & Design||Won|
"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."
|2010||Ivory Tower||Thadeus Graves||Actor, Writer|