Jon Dadon on 7/4/12
The border cities of Mexico have been labeled by the U.S. media as off-limits for years now, creating an unspoken rift between the two countries that has substantially damaged tourism and U.S-Mexican relations in general. As a San Diego resident, it’s hard not to be constantly reminded of the “danger” that supposedly lurks just across the border. However, my own experiences in Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada have shown the Mexican people to be some of the most hospitable and genuinely kind people I have ever met in my life. Beyond its warm culture, Mexico has repeatedly proven itself an incredible destination for music, with top-rate talent, clubs that stay open late, and after-parties that see the sun rise. This environment has birthed DJ/producers like Louie Fresco and Climbers, and labels like Akbal, Neim, Vicario, Musique and Mexa. People whose love and dedication to music and good times shines far brighter than the negative stereotypes that have plagued the country in recent years.
This Saturday, April 7th, our company Lovelife is headed to Tijuana to revive the historic Marko Disco nightclub in Tijuana and bringing Tiger & Woods along for the ride. Marko Disco opened its doors in 1977 in the midst of the original disco boom but over the years has sadly become more well known for hosting weddings and quinceañeras. The venue is amazing and has somehow weathered the last 35 years surprisingly well. Giant three-foot wide disco balls from another planet hang above a centered and raised wooden dance floor while the elevated DJ Booth looks out onto everything. The perimeter of the main room consists of VIP booths, which become almost clubs unto themselves with their own individual dance floors. The entrance to Marko Disco bears an uncanny resemblance to “Scarface” with its ornate staircases, gates and statues. Holding a party with world class DJs in this setting alone, located in another country, in a city more often equated with corruption and violence would be worthy of note, but we're not stopping there. We’re importing a Turbo Sound System, voltage regulators and experienced Mexican sound techs who know their gear better than most Americans we’ve worked with. Our crew from San Diego has already booked a ton of local hotel rooms to make the journey and we’re bringing a film crew to film the whole thing.
In advance of this this special disco-filled night, I spoke to the renowned and ultra-mysterious duo, Tiger & Woods about and how they got their start and assessed their mental preparedness for the long night of disco dancing ahead.
Where are you from and where do you live now? Southern Europe and we're still in Southern Europe.
Tell us about your names. How did you come up with the Tiger & Woods concept? There's not much to say. We loved the way Tiger & Woods sounds. It reminded us of names like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The rhythm within… it's just amazing.
How was the music scene growing up? How has it influenced your music and shaped you into the producer/dj you are today? Clearly we've been always big fans of the Minneapolis funk since when we were kids, mainly due to Prince. Growing we discovered all his side productions such as Vanity, Apollonia and we managed to find out about electric boogie. Then due to our age, the early days of techno and house played a big role in our musical identity.
How is the music scene where you live today? Pretty much boring as it all kinda sounds the same wherever you go. But we think that in a bigger picture this is like everywhere else.
When did music production become a serious part of your life? When did you know that you were going to continue on doing this professionally? Let's say that we learned how to ride the wave, and the more you manage to face ups & downs the more you understand you can actually do this.
How does working as a duo compare to working solo? Obviously working as a duo means reach results that you might never achieve working solo, different from what you do usually.
How important is where one lives for a career in music production? You can achieve good results anywhere. Believe us, we can tell. It depends more on how hard you work on it and how much you believe in it. Clearly what surrounds you can def be influential on your musical style.
What advice would you give to aspiring producers? Be Yourself and Work Hard.
Can you tell us one record or song that has changed your life?
• Kraftwerk “Computer world part 2”
• The Chi-lites “My first mistake”
What are the best things about being on the road? Worst? Best moment on the road?
• Being on the road can you lead you in crazy situations, like when we were in New Zealand and we ended up at the “All Blacks” private party after the victory of the rugby World Cup. We were drinking champagne from the actual world Cup.
• Worst moments happen quite often as well, like when we found ourselves in Chicago wearing a Tshirt due to the missed arrival of our bags at the airport.
Is there anything special coming up here in the near future that people should know about? Obviously the Lovelife party at Marko Disco, Tijuana, but as for our music, we have produced a remix of Sam Sparro’s “Let the Love In” that will be forthcoming soon!
What is your drink of choice? Can we say “Gin Nation”
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