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Tiga tiga burning bright
Is Tiga underground electronica’s first international superstar?
Barry O Donoghue, 28 Feb 2006
“A number of tracks are, yeah. It never really felt odd making a personal record. I have 5,000 techno records at home, but the music I listen to is personal stuff. It’s music that's human and flawed. It seemed natural that when I decided to do an album, it would be sort of personal.”
Techno and electronic music in general isn’t a genre that throws up many ‘personal’ records.
“One of the many reasons I love techno is that it’s free. And there are so many talented people making it – but it’s also quite insecure, maybe that’s the reason for the faceless thing. People are afraid to put their feelings out there. But I’ve decided to go against that. I love pop, I love showmanship and I’m quite happy with it.”
His honesty is refreshing – but what happens when, inevitably, his house of cards falls down. He can’t expect the underground to welcome him back with open arms. Does he care?
“A bit. Not too much! It’s funny, a few years can pass and suddenly you are in a different world. It’s like, I started making techno, then I started remixing, then some singing on remixes, then my own singles and so on. Suddenly, the years have added up and I’m so far away from the six minute techno instrumentals. And I still think as a ‘techno’ guy. But compared to Jeff Mills’ Axis label and stuff like that, I’m not! I’ve become something different, something new."
If Tiga tires of what he's doing, he can just don another disguise. Indeed, he's still releasing records under pseudonyms.
“Umm, there was one I put out last year (an anonymous, 303-heavy jack track called ‘Faxman’) and some other stuff that I can’t tell you about!”.
For the moment, though, there’s an album to sell.
“I'm proud of the record – now I feel like, with the next one I want to tear up the rulebook. I know that sounds like a cliché, but that’s how I feel. I’m free to branch out into something else, something quite bizarre."
Sexor is out now on Different/PIAS.