TIGA with MSTRKRFT at Mod Club Theatre (722 College), Friday (May 5). $25, advance $18.50. www.ticketbreak.com. Rating: NNNNN
While we've been waiting for Montreal electro-house DJ/producer Tiga's recently released debut album, Sexor, there's been much speculation. Would it be a bunch of dance-floor tracks, or would he indulge his pop fetish? Turns out pop wins. Sexor, three years in the making, sees Tiga doing vocal duties for the whole album, his new-wave deadpan taking centre stage (along with some support from Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears on You Gonna Want Me).
"I didn't want to make a compilation of singles, because that's what too many DJ/producers do," a perky Tiga explains from his Montreal home. "Having said that, it came out way more pop than I thought it was going to."
So are we going to see Tiga emerge from behind the turntables and take on the role of a frontman?
"Everyone asks about that, and I guess it's a logical question. I wasn't ever really thinking about that, but now, the way things have been going, it would make sense for that to be the next step. Not just yet, though - I'm not quite ready for that."
Most of Tiga's biggest hits to date have been covers: his techno take on Corey Hart's Sunglasses At Night, the hilarious Nelly-goes-new-wave Hot In Herre. On this effort he takes on Public Enemy's Louder Than A Bomb, Nine Inch Nails' Down In It and the Talking Heads' Burning Down The House.
"I love doing covers, partly because I'm a bit of a lazy songwriter, but also because it's really fun to slip into someone else's skin for a bit.
"You hear loads of people doing albums that all sound like one another, and you can practically see them sitting around the same Gang of Four album and working out how to imitate it. I'm just taking someone else's song and doing something new with it.
"In retrospect, I think maybe I could have cut the Talking Heads cover, because all the other songs were ones that I had more of a personal relationship with, but I did Burning Down The House mainly because I liked the song and wanted a version I could DJ."
Has he ever been confronted by any of the artists he's Tiga-fied?
"I met Corey Hart, and he said that I butchered Sunglasses At Night but it still tasted good."