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Tiga Before Tiga: Rare Photos and a Hardcore Mix from His Baby Raver Days

No School Like the Old Skool plunges into the Turbo boss' personal archives and emerges with priceless treasures.

by DJ DB (aka DB Burkeman)
Nov 15 2013, 1:15am

Get out your notepads...DJ DB has been a fixture in dance music through every renaissance it has has experienced. His archive of DJ mixes and flyers from the 90s rave era are a time capsule of electronic music's first worldwide explosion, in NO SCHOOL LIKE THE OLD SKOOL he shares some of these treasures. Hear new shit he likes here, or connect with him here.

I may have this wrong, but I think Tiga was playing techno and early trance when I first met him sometime in '93 or '94. This mostly classic hardcore mix was converted from cassette yesterday, and has not been heard since in was recorded in '92!

Even back then, he was always super stylish, and the impression I got was that he was as concerned as much with his visual presentation as the listening experience. I know that he opened DNA, a record store in Montreal, in 1994—a couple of years before my partners and I opened Breakbeat Science in NYC. I also vaguely remember the launch of his now powerhouse label Turbo Recordings in 1998.

But it wasn't until I was doing A&R for Ministry of Sound in 2001 that I really became aware of what a force he was becoming outside of the vibrant scene he'd help create in Montreal. We were working on compiling the definitive compilation of the music genre briefly known as electroclash. Tiga had collaborated with Zyntherius on a cover of Corey Hart's 80s hit, "Sunglasses at Night." The track became an electroclash smash—and I needed to include it in our compilation.

I loved the 12" mix because the intro was simply the instrumental groove and refrain for nearly three minutes. On a more recent note, I also really like his hypnotic treatment of Duke Dumont's "The Giver."

For the next few photos, Tiga himself dug up the archival materials for this post and gave the relating commentary.

"One of the only pictures I have from the early days. This is one of my first real gigs in a club in Montreal. At the time I would get the back room while the big house guys played up front. I knew I was on the up... it's summer of '92 and I'm 18. Note the Stussy hat. I only had about 30 records, and had to really make every one count. Also note the homemade "MDMA" molecule tag around my neck. I'm pretty sure I left to Europe the next day, which would end up being my first trip to Love Parade and Berlin."

"Inspired by

Frankie Bones & STORM RAVES I went on to do my own small parties: pretty much my first 'real' party was partnered up with 'Dr.Groper,' whose identity I can't reveal, but he is now a major player in the entertainment world."

"My first BIG party I threw in March '93... notice I gave myself billing ahead of some guy named Richie Hawtin."

I also thought it would be fun to show just some of clothes and styles he's embraced over years.

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