Dirty Talk: Tiger Tsunami interviewed
Every month, the Dirty Dancing column tries to machete a path through the jungle (Ho ho! - Ed.) of electronic music and uncover some of the freshest talents and sounds on the scene. It's a tough job - but it's one we wouldn't change for the world.
But after more than a year of the column, we thought it was time to try and find out a little bit more about the men and women behind some of those great tracks, EPs and albums that we rave (Ho ho ho! - Ed.) about every month. The solution? Dirty Talk, an occasional feature where we give a little more space to the artists we're particularly smitten on - and give you guys a chance to further explore their works.
To launch the feature, we tracked down Tiger Tsunami, whose warm, optimistic electronica is just the kind of cure to whatever ills are currently bringing you down.
Introduce yourself and what it is you do.
I’m Christian Parker, and I produce electronic music under the name Tiger Tsunami. I tend to incorporate a lot of live instrumentation, so the tag ‘electronic’ might be a little misleading.
Was there a moment, a track or gig that inspired you to get into the music business?
I guess that moment was about ten years ago when I started playing guitar. I hadn’t even tried any instrument before then but I remember hearing my friend playing 'Wonderwall' by Oasis on an old beat up acoustic guitar and it fascinated me. He actually taught me the chords to that song and I spent all day strumming away a cringeworthy version of 'Wonderwall' until something somewhat melodic came out. It was really then that I realised I wanted to be involved in music, and it’s been a steady progression ever since.
Who do you look to for inspiration musically?
I grew up on math-rock bands like Toe, This Town Needs Guns and Minus the Bear, before really getting into electronic music. I’d say there’s definitely a lot of influences from mathrock in my music. I fell in love with the incredible sound manipulation of electronic artists like Bonobo, Flying Lotus and Mount Kimbie after that, and I’ve not been able to shake that obsession ever since.
Are you a vinyl, CD or USB man? What are the pros/cons of each?
I'm definitely into vinyl, you just can't beat that warm analogue sound. As any vinyl junkie will confirm, there’s just nothing better than the physical act of getting out a vinyl, changing sides, looking at the artwork and really delving into the music; it’s timeless. Nevertheless, it’s incredibly convenient how easily you can fit thousands of songs on your phone or iPod and have that with you anywhere, anytime. I just think relying solely on digital music is a very
impersonal, very fleeting experience.
What can we expect from you in 2013 – are there other musical avenues you wish to explore?
This year is going to be a very busy and exciting year for me. I'm putting out the Antarctica EP for free download, which includes my own tracks 'Antarctica', 'Waves' and 'Blossom', along with remixes by some incredible artists. Really, really excited about that.
As for the next few months, I’m collecting material for my proper debut EP that I hope to put out sometime after summer and working on a live set to hit some shows later in the year. I’m also working on some collaborations with great artists that will start popping out in the next couple of months, so definitely keep an eye out for those.
What gigs this year are you most excited about?
At this very moment I’m on the train, on my way to see Minus The Bear live. It’ll be my first time seeing them, so I’m really stoked about it. I've heard they're just incredible live. In the coming months I hope to catch Lapalux and Bonobo live, and I’ll be heading to Croatia for the Soundwave festival in July. The lineup looks amazing!
If you weren’t involved in music, what would you be doing?
It would definitely still be something related to music, so more than likely music journalism. Although, I have to say, it’s a lot more fun seeing people write about your own music rather than writing about other people’s music!
Many of our readers will be aspiring DJs or producers - what advice would you give them with regard to success in the music industry?
I don’t know what success in the music industry is just yet! I’ve received some incredible support until now but I’m far from being a success. The few life lessons I’ve picked up along the way, though, have helped me through some tough moments. Make sure you hone your sound and only release material that you love and are proud of. Especially with the growing popularity of platforms like Soundcloud and Bandcamp, a lot of young producers and artists tend to put out every demo, every sound they’ve ever made. The attention span of the listener has become so brief in recent times that over-saturating the world with everything you make will deter people from paying attention.
Also, I know it’s cliché, but never forget to have fun with writing music. It’s easy to fall into a pattern to ‘deliver’ something you know people will enjoy rather than making music you personally love.
The Dirty Dancing column centres on discovering new artists and sounds. Recommend us a ‘hidden gem’ track we may not have heard of.
MNDSGN - 'Respawn '
That beat. That’s all that has to be said for it.
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