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Badass Bass Queen Blu DeTiger Talks Exploding on Social Media, New Groovy Single ‘Vintage’

The latest song is off the American musician’s forthcoming debut EP ‘How Did We Get Here?’

David Britto Feb 19, 2021

American musician Blu DeTiger. Photo: Tsarina Merrin

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Before she was amassing streams and social media followers in the hundreds of thousands, New York City native Blu DeTiger was just like any young kid with a fire in their belly to be a musician. After watching her brother get behind a drum kit, DeTiger was keen on picking up an instrument too and while she saw everyone else playing guitar, she decided to strap on the bass.

DeTiger says, “I started by learning some classic rock songs by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Then later I discovered slap bass and got really into Seventies and Eighties funk and disco.” Since then, the musician found herself playing in bands, writing songs, touring and even DJing and producing.

Exactly a year ago, DeTiger posted a bass cover of American artist Doja Cat’s “Say So” on social media platform TikTok and to her surprise the clip went viral. She says, “I was in London when that video was blowing up.” DeTiger adds, “I was definitely freaking out because my platform was growing so fast, but overall I was so excited and honored that people were connecting with my videos and my playing.” That recognition motivated the artist to continue to produce this sort of content and she’s gone on to flood her Instagram handle too with videos of her rocking out on her bass to Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr.’s “Just The Two Of Us,” Anderson .Paak’s “JEWELZ” and most recently Janet Jackson’s “Control.”

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DeTiger’s previous releases include 2019’s head-bopping tune “Tangerine” and last year’s offerings; the groovy “Figure It Out” and soulful “Cotton Candy Lemonade.” She says, “’Tangerine’ established where I wanted to go sonically. All of my releases are a reflection of the experiences and influences I had in that moment.” Now, DeTiger is gearing up to release her seven-track debut EP How Did We Get Here? on March 5th and recently dropped the record’s banging lead single “Vintage.”

The new track epitomizes everything DeTiger is about to a tee. According to her, she’s always thought of herself as a “vintage girl.” The musician says, “It’s because I take so much influence from the past.” “Vintage” kicks off with a fantastic bass hook before we hear the song’s slick production and DeTiger’s stellar vocals in which she sings about wanting someone to match her aesthetic while also throwing a nod to American rock outfit The Killers’ hit song “Mr. Brightside” with her lyrics. The bassist says, “This song was loosely inspired by a person I was seeing, and some of the characters I’ve run into in New York City.” She adds, “It also twists the traditional gender roles to be that I am the one who wants the guy to be my arm candy. I think it’s empowering.”

With a music video that complements “Vintage” perfectly — it’s one of those songs that hits right from the get-go — DeTiger assures us that the rest of How Did We Get Here? is along the same lines. “All the songs on the EP have bass as the emotional center because it’s one of my main sources of my expression and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it,” she says.
 

DeTiger admits although she’s not so aware of artists in India, she tells us that she has listened to late composer Ravi Shankar and is familiar with his work with the Beatles. While a collaboration with our very own bass prodigy Mohini Dey would be a treat, DeTiger says, “I would love to know more about new artists from India.” As for now, the musician is hyped for her record to release at the top of next month and is also keen on touring it. She says, “Hopefully it will be safe to perform live and I can’t wait to do that.”

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Watch the music video for “Vintage” below and stream the song on other platforms.

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