When a couple of other musical projects had run their course and Ian began to work on some songs with Helena, who he had heard singing at a friend’s party. The product was the first Tiger Mendoza release “The Hope Sick EP” released in September 2009 which blended lo-fi pop with a taste for breaks and electronica. 

Since then line up has shifted from a band to an evolving list of collaborators centred Ian De Quadros and featuring a variety of different guests including Asher Dust, David Griffiths (ex-Witches, Eeblee), Emma Hunter, Ian Mitchell (Little Red / Barrelhaus) and Kate Herridge (Ocean Ruins / Dakorra). This desire to collaborate and learn from other people and musicians while still maintaining a central sound and identity are what make the Tiger Mendoza a difficult beast to pin down. The most recent project was ONETWOTHREE – a trio of EPs crossing various genres from rave era breaks to soul to genuine sad bangers.

Somewhat unusually for a “producer”, playing live is just as important as working in the studio. The live shows vary from solo shows to more full band line ups involving regular collaborators Dan Clear on guitar, Tom Martin on live visuals and a revolving cast of collaborators and friends including, Mila Todd and Octavia Freud. The idea behind these live sets is to not treat it like a glorified karaoke jam session but to build on and enhance the original tracks to create a truly live experience. Ian is also a prolific producer and remixer for other artists including Public Enemy, DJ Shadow, Stornoway, Half Decent, Lucy Leave, BreezeWax and Julia Meijer.

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