DISCLAIMER: We are not about negativity at Booms and Claps. We have never published a negative piece before, and probably will not do so again for quite some time. This should speak to the nature of the subject matter at hand.
Over the years, I’ve come to expect a childish outburst from Tigran Mimosa every once in a while. As many of you may have heard, one such outburst occurred yesterday at Mystic Music Festival in Houston, TX, where Tigran took issue with Downlink attempting to set his gear up on stage and poured a bottle of Grey Goose vodka on him. Before we address those events, I’d like to take you all on a trip down memory lane, and ensure that we all understand that this is not an isolated incident.
I’ll start with one of the first times I can remember witnessing a Mimosa set personally: Camp Bisco 2010. “Dubstep” was wildly popular at the time (think Flux Pavillion’s Gold Dust remix), and I was excited to catch a break from the glowstick-saturated business that was going on at the main stage and get down to some crunked-up West Coast bass music. And, to be fair, that is what I received. Mimosa was in the middle of a fantastic late-afternoon set, chock full of what I now consider classics from Martyparty, Gladkill, and the like. The hype and energy in the dance tent at 4PM far surpassed that of the 2AM crowd the night before. Just when I was finally getting comfortable, Tigran grabbed the mic vigorously (Yeah, “Uh-oh.”), with a look in his eye that immediately put me on edge. What came out of his mouth next was the single douchiest thing I had ever heard someone say on the mic during a set, and certainly ruined his reputation in my eyes. While playing the MartyParty remix of a tune by The Bird and the Bee, he cut the music right after the female vocalist asked, “Would you be my fucking boyfriend?”, and uttered the words that would change my perspective forever: “I’m so sorry ladies, but no.” [See the video below @1:20] I was shocked. As someone who, especially at the time, LOVED his music, I was immensely disappointed with this display of delusional egotism. I was forced to go back to camp and regroup from the tragedy that had just occurred in the dance tent.
Fast forward 2 years. It’s April 2012, 6 months after Tigran released “Sanctuary”, the LP that many consider to be his last forward-thinking release. He has teamed up with Brooklyn house producer Sleepyhead to form their collaborative project, Sexytime. Unfortunately, it’s clear that his ego has taken hold at this point. At their 4/20 show in Denver, CO, Tigran is asked to put out the joint he is smoking on stage (at an indoor venue, mind you). He announces to the crowd, “I’m from California, man.” He seems to think that that has some effect on whether it’s okay for him to smoke a joint inside. The bouncer comes back, and Tigran cuts the music. After some egotistical babbling, he screams to the crowd, “Fuck this soundsystem! Fuck these motherfuckers!” and exits the stage. Sleepyhead, clearly not entirely sure what to do, sheepishly follows. Eventually, Tigran appears to calm down, and they both return to the stage. See the video below, and for some extra laughs, check out Sexytime’s “Lost In Translation” music video a little further down the page (featuring Tigran smoking blunts, driving his “nice” car, and hanging out with some attractive women in a club).
Let’s move forward another 4 months, to August 2012. Tigran is playing a show at the House of Blues in Boston, MA. During his set, many fans are throwing what appear to be styrofoam LED batons (why they were provided with these, I am not sure). At one point, during an especially ego-intensive moment of his set when he is in front of the DJ booth, both arms raised to the heavens as if he is about to be lifted up to be placed on his proper throne, he is struck with one of these batons. This is apparently very upsetting to Tigran, who, once again, cuts the music (starting to see a pattern here?) and takes to the mic. “Alright, alright, who the fuck was that? I swear to god, who the fuck was that?” It seems Tigran would like to enter into a discourse with the fan whose baton struck him. He points at several fans, asking if they were responsible. Several fans continue throwing batons. It appears Tigran has had enough. “FUCK THIS SHIT, I’M OUT!” He storms off stage (again, pattern?). Check the video below.
Since the House of Blues incident, many accounts of similar behavior have been floating around the internet. Last year, in the weeks leading up to Kaleidoscope Music Festival, Tigran was informed he would be performing on a side stage, so as to free up a time slot for Schoolboy Q. He was well aware of this fact, and had agreed to it before the festival. When he arrived at the festival and was driven to the stage, he decided that he no longer wanted to perform, and refused to play his set. This year, at Emissions West Coast Bass Culture, when his gear wasn’t working properly, he threw a bonafide temper tantrum, tossed his cords up in the air, and stormed off stage. He then proceeded to play for 3 hours, (far longer than he was allotted) pushing The Widdler back into the wee hours of Monday morning. Keep in mind, the only reason that Mimosa was playing at this timeslot was because he missed his original set time earlier in the weekend.
Now that we’re all caught up on Tigran’s antics over the past several years, let’s discuss yesterday’s events. Below, I have included a screenshot of an original account of what occurred between Tigran and Downlink from William Blaine aka Oscillator Z. When contacted for further information, William simply stated, “Pretty much exactly how I wrote it on my status. Downlink was super professional the whole time and continued his set as normal.”
Shortly after the event, Tigran posted the following tweet (which has since been deleted):
More douchebaggery from Tigran:
To wrap things up: despite the fact that many of us (to this day) think that the music he produced from 2009-2011 was absolutely ground-breaking, Tigran’s ego and attitude seem to have turned him into something that has no place in the bass music community. His consistent childish outbursts during live performances are NOT what bass music event attendees are paying to see, and it is certainly clear that they are not going to stop happening anytime soon. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone destroy their career and reputation in bass music as efficiently as Mimosa has in the past 2 years. It truly saddens me to see someone who I used to consider one of my favorite producers fall into delusion. Promoters: if you want to pay someone a wildly unreasonable amount of money to have a temper tantrum on stage and walk off without playing their set, you should hit up Mimosa. Future Trill, I’m out.