Last updated
Founded2000 (2000)
Founder Miguel Trost De Pedro
Distributor(s)Revolver USA
Genre Electronic, experimental, IDM, glitch/glitch hop, hip hop
Country of originU.S.
LocationSan Francisco, California; Berlin
Official website www.tigerbeat6.com

Tigerbeat6 is a San Francisco and Berlin based independent and (mostly) electronic record label run by Kid606 (Miguel De Pedro). [1] The label is run as a DIY operation and releases a variety of electronic music styles, including noisecore, intelligent dance music, bedroom pop, folktronica, and electronica-driven hip hop. [2] The name reflects De Pedro's obsession with cats, which also comes to light in the catalogue numbers, all of which start with MEOW. It is also a loose reference to the top-selling teen magazine Tiger Beat . The label's first release was in 2000; it has over two hundred releases in total. [3] [ failed verification ] A 2001 compilation of the label's output was described as "stripping intelligent dance music of its intelligence[,] often resorting to outright silliness, and sometimes parody." [4] The A.V. Club described the same compilation as satirizing glitch through "gestures borrowed from punk, indie-rock, and hip-hop." [5]


Tigerbeat6 has four sublabels: Nibbana, Shockout, Tigerbass, and Violent Turd.


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