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TikTok’s bass queen Blu DeTiger is on her way up


This decade’s hippest vessel for musicians, TikTok is a platform where would-be people seemingly need some intervention of fate to find success. It has an algorithm saturated with dopamine-inducing content designed to boost already popular creators. For bassist Blu DeTiger, that lucky and, in hindsight, career-defining moment of virality came in March 2020, a week before the pandemic lockdowns. when her bass cover of Doja Cat’s “Say So” caused her online popularity to skyrocket.

But DeTiger didn’t need the algorithm’s divine providence. When she started posting on TikTok, she had 15 years of performing experience — and sincerity. She wasn’t putting on an act for her phone camera; she let it capture her raw talent, making it hard for viewers to look away from her creamy bass covers of Prince and Megan Thee Stallion. Now, DeTiger has 1.3 million followers and nearly 300,000 TikTok videos feature her song “Figure It Out.” Posting did more than just keep herself busy during extended quarantines.

“It really saved me during the pandemic,” says DeTiger. “It brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.”

DeTiger’s career began with a show at New York’s legendary now-defunct CBGB when she was 7 years old. She got her local breakthrough DJing in New York City clubs, playing live bass over her sets at age 17, before she was legally allowed to enter most venues where she performed. On her first appearance, a bouncer took her fake ID.

“I was actually 21 for four years,” she jokes. “But I didn’t even like to party or drink. I really went to work. … And when I went to NYU, after my DJ sets, I went to the library to do my homework.

DeTiger planned to support several artists on tour before being lifted by covid-19 restrictions. In the past year she has added festivals such as Bonnaroo and Governors Ball to her resume. She performed “Saturday Night Live” with Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers. Brand partnerships have landed her photos on billboards in Times Square. But DeTiger, 24, says she still hasn’t had her “I made it” moment.

“I’ve had a lot of mini ones,” she says, “but there’s always a bigger one.”

That is the essence of her latest single ‘Elevator’. It’s a tune that combines her indie pop influences with her club kid roots, and features her distinctive bass skills prominently. The lyrics, she says, are a reminder that she’s in control of her own destiny, and that she knows where she’s going: in faint, half-spoken vocals, she sings, “Load me in a slingshot, send me over the moon / Baby, i can also be a big shot.

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