Looking back, the meeting of minds during a chance encounter of Igor Tchkotoua (Pig) and Dan Duncan on a flight to Spain in 1999, sounds like the opening scene of a Hollywood movie, certainly neither musician could have the written the script of what happened next. Recognising a mutual philosophy, and using their own musical background that dated back to the start of the dance scene, they combined to create a slick production outfit that would entrance clubbers and soon win compilation support from the likes of Sander Kleinenberg, Felix Da Housecat, John Digweed and Nic Fanciulli. Most significantly though, their tech tour de force ‘Oh Yeah’ (2005) signalled the start of their ongoing relationship with Cocoon Recordings, which has seen their status as DJs and producers soar on a global level.
From humble beginnings in late 80s, playing the tea boy and exploring the workings of a recording studio, both Igor & Dan’s experiences stem from an era of primitive technology and old fashioned production techniques. Dan’s own history saw him as part of the hugely successful drum ‘n’ bass act ‘Intense’, during which time he also played alongside luminaries such as LTJ Bukem and Fabio & Grooverider.
When Pig&Dan decided to join forces, they began a truly prolific production schedule - with 18 releases in just over year - establishing their reputation as producers of pulsating electronic music that straddled dark house and high energy techno whilst creating their signature of twisted and experimental breakdowns. These releases on their label Submission would prove to be merely a stepping stone though.
In 2005, their commenced Sonic Society and focused more toward the edgy minimal that would attract Cocoon Recordings, as well as all the leading jocks such as Sven Vaeth, Loco Dice and Tiefschwarz. As testament to their continued master production skills, the disturbingly dark ‘Oh Yeah’ has been followed by 8 more releases on the seminal Frankfurt imprint, including their own artist album, ‘Imagine’. During this time, their profile as in-demand remixers has reached the point where such electronic pioneers as Underworld were coming back for more!
Stand still too long and you’ll be knocked down, so the latest twist in the Pig&Dan story sees Igor (aka Pig) committing fully to the studio and leaving the role of DJ solely to Dan; a minor tweak to a winning formula for artists who have proven their longevity across the underground electronic music spectrum. Moreover, in ranking as one of the most prominent artists on the Cocoon roster, an accolade that speaks for its self, Pig & Dan remain techno box office stars that shine bright and show no sign of burning out.