Tiga is the stage name of Montreal-born DJ/producer Tiga James Sontag (born 1974). His album Sexor won the 2007 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year.
He graduated from Selwyn House School
, a prestigious school in Westmount. Before producing music, he was involved in the promotion of rave
parties in his native city during the early 1990s, also Tiga was involved in the creation of world renowned afterhours club SONA. In 1994, he opened a record store named DNA Records, and in 1998 founded his own label, Turbo Recordings
Tiga is widely known for his remixes: Tomas Andersson's "Washing Up", Scissor Sisters' "Comfortably Numb" and Felix da Housecat's "Madame Hollywood" but also for his covers of Nelly's "Hot in Herre" and Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night". He produces his own material, but has also worked with Zyntherius, Richard X and Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters. He has frequently collaborated with Mateo Murphy (with whom Tiga forms the duo TGV) and Jesper Dahlbäck, who had produced many of Tiga's newer remixes. Tiga is also good friends with Steph and David Dewaele from Soulwax, who produced about half of the tracks on Tiga's debut album Sexor. His song "3 Weeks" has received repeated airplay in night clubs. Soulwax are currently producing Tiga's second album. His song "You Gonna Want Me" is featured on CTV's So You Think You Can Dance Canada commercial.
DJ Mix Compilations
- "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.
Tiga has also mixed a DJ-Kicks compilation album
and appeared on Richard X
's album Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1
and Jori Hulkkonen's Different
. He has provided remixes
for artists such as Bran Van 3000
, Depeche Mode
, Dannii Minogue
, Scissor Sisters
, Felix Da Housecat
, Cabaret Voltaire
, LCD Soundsystem
, FC Kahuna
, Märtini Brös.