The mystery men of disco: Tiger & Woods

Sunday, 2 December 2012 - 8:47pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

They give few interviews and surprisingly don’t even have a wiki page! Ahead of their show tonight, DNA decided to talk to enigmatic disco duo, Tiger & Woods to know if anonymity is the new stardom

Google has all the answers and you can look up for anything and anyone here. Really? We bet you too will end up wondering the same if you try and google this mysterious disco duo Tiger & Woods, who will be performing at the Heineken Green Room — 2 party tonight. The first edition of the Green Room party featured DJ Mux Mool and keeping up with the funda of bringing down ‘no star DJs’, Heineken has decided to bring down Tiger & Woods, who surprisingly don’t even have a Wiki or a Twitter page! This Italian duo of Larry Tiger and David Woods give very few interviews and very little is known about these artistes. Often described as the mystery men of disco, Tiger & Woods have achieved the disco demi-god status for their smooth, hyper-looped and glittery disco sound. Here are excerpts from the interview...

Why did you decide to stick to the names Tiger and Woods?
We just needed an additional name for an additional project we were doing, and we wanted something that sounded very groovy, as much as the beats we were making. Don’t ask us why, but Tiger & Woods came out and it was just perfect.

Why do you prefer leading an ‘invisible’ life?
It is so easy to look for exposure, but we think that hiding preserves the right spice in the game. Somehow, it was funnier when you didn’t know sh*t and keeping this status is a funny challenge in 2012.

Is anonymity the new stardom?
We don’t know if this is the new stardom. It works for us and it works for our audience who like to play the game with us. It’s all about the party and not about the guys behind the gears. If you come to the party, you will anyway see and know who we are.

In the age where social media plays a huge role, Tiger & Woods don’t even have a Wiki page. Is it a good idea?
If we didn’t think it was a good idea, we would have a Wikipedia page!

Does being anonymous help build the same connect with the audience as any other artiste who is highly visible?
In a way we manage to establish a kind of more intimate and human connection. Probably this happens because everyone knows that all our efforts are concentrated on having the party running right. That’s what counts at the end, and that’s where we focus our attention. People do appreciate that. But maybe this happens for highly visible artistes too. But again, there’s not much of a concept behind this, it is very instinctual. So, we don’t know.

How do you promote your music and reach the audience?
Mainly we communicate via Facebook. But it’s not a very talkative communication. It’s more a bulletin to let our followers know about our next gigs and releases. It’s very low profile.

What do you do to build your brand?
We have never thought Tiger & Woods in a brand way. We do what we love in the best way we can. Our goal is to provide a very respectable musical output and the rest comes on its own. That is, if it comes. 

How do you describe your music?
We try to create a combination of dance styles we love — from funk to boogie, from house to disco, from techno to soul. Our sound is heavily sample-based because we love to concentrate on those tiny little bits of a song which sometimes you want to listen to endlessly. We extract the groove and then make a new song out of it.

We also hear that your music is highly influenced by the disco of the ’80s. Today, where EDM and commercial music rules the charts, where does disco stand?
Commercial music has always ruled the charts. Disco and any other higher quality subgenres of dance music will always stand in a nice-niche. Definitively disco is getting a bit more popular again, but it will be gone at some point only to return later and to go away and come back again...

What can party peeps in Bangalore expect from Tiger & Woods? Do you think your music will be able to create the same impact even in 2012?
We are very excited and look so forward to perform in Bangalore. We will play some of our classic tracks and a couple of new ones along with the latest remixes that we have done. Being our music, a new take on those old school grooves, yes — it can have the same impact. It would probably sound wrong in a club in 1983!

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