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Techno legend Tiga: ‘Real DJing is like stand-up comedy’

Techno legend Tiga: ‘Real DJing is like stand-up comedy’

Tiga

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What does it take to be a superstar DJ? Just ask the Canadian dance don, who explains why principle, passion and a pheromone mist spray may help

My history with DJing could be the story of any awkward teen. I never knew what to do at parties. I loved to dance, but people were slow to join in and “Do the Tiga”. Girls were much more into my yo-yoing skills than I was comfortable with. But I did have an ace in the hole: music. My dad played music at parties in Goa, and I would help him make his tapes because I was super organised and had incredibly neat handwriting. That was my first lesson in DJing: be organised. Also, I knew how the buttons on the tape machine worked, and more importantly what they could make hippies do.