TIGA at Footwork, Saturday, April 20. Rating: NNNN
Montreal DJ/producer Tiga is a survivor in dance music, able to adapt to changing trends and new audiences without altering his sound or approach.
The crowd at his Footwork gig reflected that longevity and wide appeal, ranging from 19-year-old newbies to greying techno veterans, with fans still standing in line at 3:30 am hoping to get in. Not many of his 90s-rave-era contemporaries can say the same.
When I last talked to Tiga in the fall, he said he didn't see much commonality between what he does and the wave of mainstream EDM superstars playing arena parties across North America. He has a point: his performance style has none of the theatricality and rock star trappings of someone like Skrillex or Deadmau5. Instead, it draws from the classic model of an extended DJ set rather than a short, pseudo-live laptop show.
However, he's also more playful and populist than the Detroit techno pio-neers who inspired him, which makes him an ideal entry point for those more accustomed to the pop music -experience.