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Essential: Tiga threw his phone into the sea and became 'Woke'

A new song inspired by his real-life emancipation

  • Valerie Lee
  • 4 August 2017
Essential: Tiga threw his phone into the sea and became 'Woke'

Oh Tiga.

It's not hard to see that it's been an interesting few weeks for the Montreal maverick. Recently, he candidly opened up on his social media to talk about the very real fact that DJs don't "kill it" every single night.

His latest song 'Woke' is inspired by the same, transparent thinking as he explains that it was inspired by a night of "emancipation". "'Woke' is a song about freedom, specifically my freedom. About me, at the end of the earth, pushed towards a final act of emancipation: throwing my phone into the sea, and watching it sink," he explains. "People may have a hard time empathizing with a successful DJ, or anyone who associates an annoying buzzword with anything approaching enlightenment. But I don’t think it’s that hard to relate to feeling like you’ve entered into a lopsided bargain with a magic box that is more or less designed to hack its way into your self-image. Call it an empty gesture, but as I hurled my phone into the water, it was very much an instance of facing up to something I knew wasn’t good for me, and finding some sense of release, if only for a moment."

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