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Blu DeTiger

Blu DeTiger

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Biography

Blu DeTiger started out her career as a bassist for the likes of Caroline Polachek and Fletcher, and she was also once a touring member of the alt-rock outfit Kitten. However, it wasn’t until 2019 that she started making a name for herself as a solo artist. 

DeTiger – that’s her real name – started her solo career with the single “In My Head,” which was produced by The Knocks and released on January 23, 2019. Since then, she’s gained a significant amount of momentum with her viral bass videos and catchy original material. 

Blu’s sound is defined by her swimming basslines and easygoing vocal delivery. Every track has an exceptionally tight rhythm section, punctuated by grooves in the verses and four-on-the-floor in the majority of her choruses. It’s traditional pop music, to be sure, but there’s something refreshingly creative about each track that Blu puts out. 

She recently signed with Capitol Records and subsequently released her major-label debut, “Blondes.” That year-defining track serves as the perfect introduction to DeTiger’s infectious sound. 

instruments played
bass
Electronics
Vocals
Associated Acts

Kitten, The Knocks, Rex DeTiger

Genres

Indie pop, funk pop, dance, electronic

Labels

ALT:VISION, HeavyRoc Music, Capitol Records

Occupation

Singer-songwriter, bass player, DJ

Who Is Blu?

Blu DeTiger started playing bass at seven years old. “The bass was taller than me,” she told Bass Player Magazine, going on to say, “I don’t even know how I was doing it; I could barely hold it.” DeTiger went on to tell Bass Player that she started playing her instrument of choice because of her brother, who had taken up drums. 

Playing Bass To Be Different Didn’t Turn Out Badly for Blu 

Blu admitted in her Bass Player interview that playing guitar was “too mainstream” for her, which was part of why she took up bass instead.  “I don’t see many people, especially girls, playing the bass,” DeTiger said in her Bass Player interview. “I wanted to be a little different,” she continued, “so I took lessons and jammed with my brother and got super-passionate about it at an early age. My parents never forced me to play or anything – they were just very encouraging and supportive.” 

Raised on Rock 

Blu has cited classic rock and pop artists as her primary influences. She grew up participating in School of Rock, a program centered around rock-focused music lessons. Kids who take part in School of Rock finish their time in the program with a live show filled with covers of iconic rock songs. It was through School of Rock that Blu developed a love for The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and other classic rock bands. After devouring the discographies of AC/DC and the Stones, Blu started emulating the funky basslines featured on songs by David Bowie and Prince. She was diligent with playing as often as possible throughout middle school and high school, and she eventually expanded her horizons to include jazz and improvised playing.  Blu has stated that she never paid too much attention to music theory during her artistic development, instead deciding to follow what her favorite bassists did and focus on playing by ear. 

Blowing Up During the Pandemic 

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Blu took the opportunity to start building a following on TikTok and Instagram. There, she put considerable energy into covering songs and posting video clips, going on to gain millions of views and likes. The result was getting shoutouts from the likes of Questlove, Janet Jackson, and even bass-playing YouTuber Davie504. Blu told Rolling Stone, “It’s cool anytime someone you look up to recognizes you.” Her fanbase continued growing throughout 2020 and 2021, giving way to her eventually getting signed by Capitol Records.  Some of Blu’s most popular TikTok videos were her covers of songs by the likes of Janet Jackson and Megan Thee Stallion, which racked up hundreds of thousands of likes. The Sunday Times went on to call Blu “TikTok’s favorite bassist.” 

“The Future of Bass”

Hailed by Bass Player magazine as “The Future of Bass,” Blu DeTiger has been profiled by numerous other outlets since the release of her first original songs. NME did a piece on her describing her as an “achingly cool bass virtuoso.” The outlet praised her track “Vintage,” describing it as a song that keeps “in line with her grungy club kid vibes – a direct result of her background as a young DJ in New York.” The NME piece refers to a time in Blu’s life when she would do DJ sets in Manhattan and occasionally whip out her bass, making the crowd go wild. DeTiger told NME that her first TikTok video had been posted while she was in London on tour with Caroline Polachek. The artist described how she got home, and the lockdown for COVID-19 kicked in, so she decided, “Oh, crap, I’m gonna do this every day!” DeTiger’s lockdown routine became “Wake up, put on a cool outfit and learn a new song.”

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