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The boogie boys
Tiger & Woods are coming - but put away those golf clubs. This is about good music.
Tiger & Woods don't want to be found. Or feted. All they want is for you to enjoy their funk-inspired, loop-driven groovy edits that have people boogying from Chicago to Canberra.
T&W's Facebook page has them listed as Larry Tiger and David Woods. But we can't be sure if these are their real names. They could just be two guys with a wacky sense of humour, paying tribute to Curb Your Enthusiasm star, Larry David. What we do know is that their debut album, Through The Green, is an addictive listen. It's trademark Tiger & Woods - a steady groove paired with carefully chosen, smartly arranged samples, mostly pulled from the disco-boogie universe. We also know they have their own label, Editainment, and that they always have a toy tiger on the console while playing. And no, despite their name, they know nothing about golf.
The mysterious twosome will be in India next week, and TOI-Crest was delighted when they agreed to be interviewed. Excerpts.
You guys are a little difficult to pin down. And how on earth have you managed to stay out of Google's reach?
Well, it's not that difficult if you are familiar with the deep secrets of Google search! Clearly, using the name we're using, it makes the search very complicated. And this is very funny for us because we are sure that once you find us, you really wanted to find us. And when this happens we're very happy because we appreciate the effort.
Has the effort to remain anonymous been worth it? Don't fans get curious about you every time they hear you DJ? Doesn't it become difficult as your music gets more popular?
Secrecy created some unwanted expectations, and obviously it's getting harder and harder to hide behind the network. It's like playing a game, and so far people seem to have fun with it. Personally for us, it's so nice to keep it obscure because it brings back a time, the pre-Google era when you didn't know a s** t about what was going on and you had to enjoy and live the 'moment'.
What's the story behind the name? It really is a clever name but why this particular combination? Are you golf fans?
We know nothing about golf! It was a combination of names that just sounded really good to us. Don't you find it very rhythmical? Also if you go deeper into the full version of the names, you will find out another aspect of our characters.
Do you always put out a tiger toy - cute touch, by the way - when you're playing?
Absolutely. Always. If the tiger is not there, we can't perform.
What kind of music did you grow up listening to?
Any kind of good music - funk, soul, disco, house, pop, techno, new wave, electronic music and hip hop. We'd say that the term 'good music' fits more rather than writing millions of definitions and names.
How long have you guys been making music together? And how long have you been in the industry individually?
We've been making music together for the past three or four years. One of us has been around in the music industry since the early '90s, the other one a bit later on.
How do the two of you know each other? Is the story about the two of you meeting at a record store while bidding for the same record, true?
It could be true, but it's probably not exactly like the version you found. Blame it on Google!
Do you spend more time in the studio than on tour?
Technically it's not possible because in Europe everything is close by and we travel only on the weekends, but when you travel every week, you can't be fully focused on the studio. When you're on tour overseas, the studio is more like a distant memory. We try to make some beats while travelling, but it's really not the same thing. Welcome to a contemporary musician's life.
What have you heard about the music scene in India?
We hope to find out a lot while we're there, because we probably know more about the movies than music. We know a bit about some traditional Indian genres, but we'd love to get to know more about the actual contemporary scene.
So what can fans of Tiger & Woods look forward to in 2013?
A lot of remixes are coming out along with quite a few new 12" singles that will lead to a new album. First EP is coming out right before 2013.
Tiger & Woods are performing in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, on November 30, December 1 and 2 respectively as part of the Heineken Green Room series.
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