Blu DeTiger Talks to Gratitude Migration

Blu Detiger is one to watch in the Brooklyn art scene, where she tears up live DJ sets accompanied by her bass guitar. Blu will be playing sunset at the Gratitude Stage on Saturday at 6pm, and we caught up with her to find out how it all came to be.

GM: Who or what inspires you?

BDT: A groovy drum beat, a funky bass line, the fast pace of New York City, people who are really passionate about what they do.

GM: How would you describe your music, in its genre-bending way?

BDT: Bernard Edwards partying with David Mancuso dressed like Prince in Ibiza circa early 90’s

GM: How did you come to creating your life as a professional musician?

BDT: I was always brought up to follow my passions and be conscious of what really matters. I have a very strong work ethic and I try to be the best I can be. I'm very determined and dedicated to my craft. Performing and making music is the best feeling in the world, and I remind myself every time I play that music is a blessing! I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love as a profession!

GM: You have a unique perspective on live performance as someone who fuses electronic and live sounds. How do you think that plays out at a festival? Do you see people also actively co-creating the experience as an audience in the same way?

BDT: Yes! The audience always gives back to the performer and they both come together in a beautiful way… That’s why I love improvising bass lines and melodies on the spot. The live aspect keeps the performance spontaneous and gives me the ability to react in real time to any creative impulses that I may have --most of which are inspired by the audience. Just like how I respond to the music with my bass playing, the audience is also responding in real time to what I'm playing.

GM: What do you see as some of the main differences, both challenges and opportunities, between playing in a dark warehouse in Brooklyn vs on the beach in New Jersey?

BDT: The beach in New Jersey is all love and light. Soaking in the sun, swimming, and hanging with friends for the whole weekend is such a special opportunity that doesn't come often to New Yorkers. 

GM: Tell us aboutyour first festival

BDT: Burning Man when I was 8 years old! I was racing into the dessert on my flashing neon bike!

GM: How do you see audiences at festivals shifting and what do you think festivals have the opportunity to accomplish?

BDT: There's so much more music packed into the day, that there's a greater chance of discovering new music/artists. There's also definitely more of a community at music festivals, especially at Gratitude Migration Festival. Everyone has their own very unique experience at a festival but at the same time we all partake in sharing this singular experience.

GM: What are you most looking forward to about playing on a beach at Gratitude Migration?

BDT: Being surrounded by people with good energy. I get to play right before sunset which creates such a great backdrop to any music. I also love the ocean so I can’t wait to swim!

GM: What are you most grateful for at this present moment?

BDT: The opportunity to play music as much as I can and do what I love. Family, friends, art, music, creative expression. 

Images by Rachel Cabitt.