We get to know Tiger & Bloom, the Canadian duo who had us hook, line and sinker with their single ‘Hearts On Fire’.
As we made mention of the track at the time, “every now and then, a debut single from somewhere in the world will excite us. Tiger & Bloom’s is one of those debut singles.”
Our impressions of the track have remained unchanged.
So Get To Know them and cop a listen to their track in our latest feature.
01. Band name : Tiger & Bloom.
02. Where are you based? Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
03. Who are your members? Tiger Rose and Rikki Bloom.
04. How was the band formed? We had known of each other just through the Toronto music scene for a while, and were doing our own solo projects at the time. While Tiger was in LA recording his own music, he shot me (Bloom) a quick message asking if I wanted to do a writing session, and we met up once he came back to Toronto. As writers, we were used to collaborating with many upon many other songwriters just looking to create. But we never expected to feel the creative connection that we did in that initial writing session. It was a matter of ying and yang, of having no ego, of simply just wanting to create great music and stretch our own boundaries as individual writers. From there we kept writing, and Tiger & Bloom was formed.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound. We describe our music as edgy-pop, with a nostalgic anthem sound to it. We definitely lean towards a strong pop genre, but at the end of the day, we’re just interested in writing great songs. If that means that one day we feel like writing a bluesy country tune, we’ll write a bluesy country tune. I think we’re really going to surprise listeners with the music we continue to release… we’re not being defined by any boundaries.
06. If you had to compare yourselves to an already established act sound-wise, who would it be? In terms of a girl/guy duo, Oh Wonder could be a comparison. We pull elements from pop acts that are out there right now – a little Coldplay, a little Shawn Mendes – but our songs always naturally turn into something completely Tiger & Bloom. We’re really inspired by the music we grew up on, like Fleetwood Mac, Depeche Mode, Savage Garden, and U2.
07. How did you choose your band name? Tiger had already penned the name ‘Tiger’ by his friends while he was studying at university. This became his alter-ego (typically as the night progressed haha). Later into our writing sessions, Tiger suggested that I imagine an alter-ego that comes alive in my music. I immediately jumped onto Pinterest to start thinking of what this extension of myself would look like. I needed a name for the folder, and quickly wrote down the first random name I could think of – Rikki Bloom. We spent weeks, almost months trying to think of a ‘band’ name, until we stepped back from it all, and saw that it had been in front of us the whole time – Tiger & Bloom.
08. Give us five words to best describe you as a band. Dreamers, Do-ers, Inspired, Passionate, Ying and Yang
09. In what ways has the band changed from when it was formed to today? I think we’re just constantly growing – as individuals, as writers, as a team. We’re really discovering our unique sound, carving it out, shaping it, defining it. I think compared to when we first formed, we’re more eager and hungry to take risks, to step outside the boundaries, to go where we haven’t gone before. From when we started, to today, it’s all been about growth.
10. What are your members’ favourite songs of all time? I’d have to say anything by INXS or U2. Bloom’s having a hard time deciding her favourite – probably a tie between ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman and ‘Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac.
11. What’s your biggest claim to fame so far? We’ve had the honour of working with some incredible producers and mixers in the industry. Brian West (Nelly Furtado, Maroon 5, Sia, Awolnation, Rachel Platten, Bono) did an incredible job at producing our two singles ‘Monster’ and ‘Passion’. We also had the pleasure of working with Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Moby) as he mixed the entire ‘Hearts On Fire’ EP.
12. What’s been your strangest experience as a band? The trips to Los Angeles. Getting stranded at the airport. The late night studio nights. We’re a goofy, energetic bunch… there’s always a story to be told.
13. Tell us about your latest release. We just released our single ‘Hearts On Fire’, which is now available on Spotify, iTunes, and all other musical platforms. This song is about being in an intense passionate relationship, where two young souls connect and think or fell they’re in love, however they’re just enabling each other – making it addicting, yet toxic.
It’s about being at that point in a relationship where there’s no hope, and you know it’s all wrong, yet you can’t let go. You’d rather fight through the pain, just to have that person around. We feel like anyone listening to the song can relate to this; coming to a point where it’s better to let go, but all you want to do is hold on. Love can be a fiery mess.
14. What do your future plans involve? We’re excited to start releasing our music on radio and getting on tour! We’ve also got some new music on the go that we’re getting really eager to share – possibly a collaboration or two with some excellent names in the industry. Lots of writing, lots of playing… lots coming your way.
15. Where can our audience catch you live? Aside from local Toronto and Hamilton shows, we’ll be sharing Canadian tour dates as they are confirmed, as well as dates in Los Angeles.