Looking for those weekend vibes? Then how about a funky electro track from US ‘bassist DJ’ Blu DeTiger!
With her debut single, the 20-year-old New York City polymath weaves disco house music and slap bass into a groovy tapestry that pays homage to her eclectic upbringing. Written about the magic of the hustle – the tracks shows there can be cathartic release in leaning into the thing that drives you.
Born and raised in New York, Blu takes inspiration from the city’s rebel culture in the ’70s. Her first live performance was a Rolling Stones tribute show at the iconic CBGB club, the testing grounds for Blondie and Talking Heads to name a few. This early experience would provide the foundation for Blu’s commitment to a career of bohemian experimentation, no fucks given DIY attitude, and affection for all things glitter.
The daughter of artist parents, Blu picked up her first electric bass at 7 years old. “My brother played the drums and I wanted to play and instrument too. I thought guitar was too mainstream so I chose bass. I wanted to be unique.” She quickly educated herself and mastered bass lines from songs by Prince, Sly and the Family Stone, and CHIC. Messing around on her Dad’s old Technics turntables helped spark her youthful interest in DJing and in the fine details of music-making. At 17, Blu started DJing clubs around the city, becoming a fixture at House of Yes, underground warehouse parties, and pop up fashion events. Taking that early childhood passion to the next level, Blu currently studies at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute and counts some of the best bass players and musicians in the world – Jerry Barnes (Nile Rodgers and Chic) and Steven Wolf (Alicia Keys, Beyonce, P!NK) – as mentors. A statuesque 5’10”, it’s hard to miss Blu lugging around her signature royal-blue-sparkly Fender bass to gigs between classes at NYU. As if doing of this wasn’t enough to make you want to sleep for a week straight, Blu is also a touring member of the alt-rock band Kitten.