If Joakim Bouaziz turned up at a busy Parisian Bureau de Poste in package form, he’d be fuzzed from Facteur to Facteur until eventually in frustration one would sling him in a pigeonhole with just his name on it. Like all creative shapeshifters, he’s at once the periphery dweller and instigator. Here is a human being that champions freedom in every way, he strives for it and works hard for the privilege to enjoy it. I suppose this is where his Tigersushi ‘project’ comes in.. It wasn’t initially intended to function as a record label as such and though Joakim’s grand plans for it may have failed, unsurprisingly it retains a curious half rice half chips sort of status, seemingly part hyper-real Jap pop shop meets edgy Euro-studio. Currently it’s definitely a sonic platform for unusual things that we should take note of. This is a place of freedom where he and others can release music beyond the waits and constraints of bigger organisations. In musical speak, one wonders if there’s a part of Joakim - reflected in Tigersushi’s output - that lives for perpetual genre fusion and reaction, craving and mining it like the Dwarfs of Eribor; perhaps one day Tigersushi will present us with that electronic Arkenstone we all crave.
Where are you from?
What do you do?
We conspire to save the world
Earliest musical memory?
Bruce Springsteen on the parents car stereo in the South of France
Why did you start a record label?
Because I wanted to be free. Weird idea
How would you describe the label’s sound?
Gender fluid and hopefully time-proof
Some insight on the mix you recorded?
This is really a DNA sample of what Tigersushi is. I tried to include all the songs that were important in defining (or un-defining) the sound of the label. It’s full of our “classics”, it’s got the post punk element, the IDM element, the avant-garde element, the IDM element, the leftfield dance music element… Basically if you listen to this, you’ll know what we’re about.