Tiga (musician)

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Tiga in 2007
Tiga in 2007
Background information
Birth nameTiga James Sontag
Born (1974-09-18) 18 September 1974 (age 47)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ, singer-songwriter
Years active2001–present
LabelsTurbo Recordings
PIAS Recordings
Associated actsTiga & Zyntherius, The Dove, TGV, Rainer Werner Bassfinder, ZZT, Massimo Massivi

Tiga (/ˈtɡə/) James Sontag (born 18 September 1974) is a Canadian musician, DJ and record producer of electronic dance music. He has released three albums, 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".[1] His compilation mix, Tiga Non-Stop, was released in November 2012, and premiered Tiga's latest single "Plush".[2] The mix also features tracks from artists such as Kindness, Duke Dumont and Blawan.

Tiga has remixed songs from 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 Soulwax, James Murphy, Chilly Gonzales, Jesper Dahlbäck, and Matthew Dear, who he worked with on "Plush".

As a solo artist, Tiga released "Sunglasses at Night" with Finnish producer Jori Hulkkonen. 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 was the host of the BBC Radio 6 Music show My Name Is Tiga, and made his acting debut in the 2010 film Ivory Tower. The film won special mention at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Tiga hosts a podcast entitled Last Party On Earth, Season 1 in 2019 featured guests Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Carl Cox.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Tiga was born to hippie parents and spent part of his early life in Goa, India.[4] He also attended Selwyn House School in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[5]



In 1990 Tiga and a few friends started throwing small parties and street promotions in Montreal that evolved into a cult following.[6] 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.[7]


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.[8]

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.[7]

2008–2009: Ciao![edit]

The release of Tiga's second album, Ciao! took place in 2009.

2010: Ivory Tower[edit]

In 2010, Tiga starred in Adam Traynor's Ivory Tower, along Chilly Gonzales and Peaches.

2011–2012: Party's Over, Earth[edit]

ZZT released their debut album, Party's Over, Earth on Turbo Recordings in 2011.

Tiga's 2013 song "Plush" (Jacques Lu Cont remix) and "Bugatti" is the radio station Soulwax FM and Los Santos Underground Radio featured in the best-selling video game Grand Theft Auto V.[citation needed]

2016: No Fantasy Required

In 2017, Tiga released his third album No Fantasy Required on Ninja Tune.[9]

Turbo Recordings[edit]

Tiga founded Turbo Recordings in Montreal in 1998. The label helped launch his own career,[6] 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.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2005 "You Gonna Want Me" Best Video Nominated

D&AD Awards

Design and Art Direction (D&AD) is a British educational charity which exists to promote excellence in design and advertising.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 "Bugatti" Editing Wood Pencil

DanceStar USA Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2004 DJ Kicks Best Compilation Nominated [10]

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.[11] 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.[11] Thousands of attendees attend the Winter Music Conference each year.[11]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
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

Juno Awards

The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
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.[12]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 "You Gonna Want Me" (ft. Jake Shears) Best Electronic Video Nominated
"Far From Home" Nominated

UK Music Video Awards

The UK Music Video Awards is an annual award ceremony founded in 2008 to recognise creativity, technical excellence and innovation in music videos and moving images for music.[13]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 "Shoes" Best Dance Video Nominated
2015 "Bugatti" Won
Best Art Direction & Design Won
Best Styling Nominated
Best Editing Nominated

My Name Is Tiga[edit]

“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."[14]

Last Party On Earth[edit]

“Last Party On Earth" is the name of Tiga's podcast which launched in summer 2019 on Apple Music, Soundcloud and Spotify.[15]



  • Sexor (2006)
  • Ciao! (2009)
  • No Fantasy Required (2016)

DJ mix compilations[edit]

  • Montreal Mix Sessions Vol. 1 (1998)
  • Mixed Emotions: Montreal Mix Sessions Vol. 5 (2000)
  • American Gigolo (2001)
  • DJ-Kicks: Tiga (2002)
  • INTHEMIX.05 (2005)
  • Tiga: Non Stop (2012)


  • "Sunglasses at Night" (2001), with Jori Hulkkonen, as Tiga & Zyntherius (UK #25)[16]
  • "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)[16]
  • "Burning Down" (2003), with Richard X
  • "Pleasure from the Bass" (2004), with Jesper Dahlbäck, (UK #57)[16]
  • "Louder than a Bomb" (2005), with Jesper Dahlbäck
  • "You Gonna Want Me" (2005), with Soulwax and Jake Shears, (UK No. 64,[16] AUS #65)
  • "Good as Gold" (2005), with Soulwax
  • "Far From Home" (2006), (UK No. 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.
  • "Mind Dimension" (2008) (featuring special guest Jori Hulkkonen)
  • "The Worm" (2008), as ZZT with Zombie Nation
  • "Shoes" (2009) (featuring special guests Soulwax & Gonzales)
  • "What You Need" (2009)
  • "Beep Beep Beep" (2009)
  • "Sex 'O Clock" (2010)
  • "ZZafrika" (2010), as ZZT with Zombie Nation
  • "Hands Up" (2010), as Massimo Massivi with Jesper Dahlbäck
  • "Girl at a Party with Siren" (2011), as The Dove with Jesper Dahlbäck
  • "Vulkan Alarm!" (2011), as ZZT with Zombie Nation
  • "Partys Over Los Angeles" (2011), as ZZT with Zombie Nation
  • "Plush" (2012)
  • "Let's Go Dancing" (2013), with Audion
  • "Fever" (2014), with Audion
  • "Bugatti" (2014)
  • "Bugatti" (Remix featuring Pusha T) (2014)
  • "Don't Break My Heart" (2015)
  • "Planet E" (2016)
  • "Woke" (2017)
  • 'Stay Cool" (2018)[17]
  • "HAL" with Kolsch (2018)[18]
  • "Blessed EP Part 1" with The Martinez Brothers plus "Blessed / Cleopatra Remixes" featuring remixes from Virgil Abloh and Ricardo Villalobos (2018/2019)[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Ivory Tower Thadeus Graves Actor, writer


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  3. ^ "Last Party On Earth – Podcast". SoundCloud. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
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  14. ^ [1] Archived 4 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
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  19. ^ "Tiga, The Martinez Brothers – Blessed / Cleopatra Remixes". Discogs. Retrieved 15 October 2019.

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