Interview - Tiger Del Flor

How would you describe your sound? 

A writer once described the music I make as “a blurry polaroid of the best night of your life” and I think that’s perfect. I strive to make music that captures that feeling of nostalgia, reckless abandon, and falling in love–not necessarily romantic love, but falling in love with a moment in time. I always loved writing poetry since it allows you to capture a moment and immortalize it through words. I began writing music because I saw songs as  poetry set to music. So I’d say I define my sound not so much by a genre, but by that feeling. 

What do you write about? 

My upcoming debut EP “see me in hell” which my two latest singles “Shut up and kiss me!” and “super8” are off of, is about the tragic glamor of old Hollywood and rock ‘n roll. I’ve always been a big music history nerd. When I was writing “see me in hell” I was living alone in a studio up in Hollywood and spending a lot of time reading about Los Angeles back in the 50s and 60s and the lives of the famous actors and rockstars who spent time here like James Dean and Jim Morrison. A lot of the song’s lyrics are inspired by their lives, but there’s always a tie into my own life as well. There’s a sense of loneliness juxtaposed against excess throughout the record, which was something I felt in my own life when I moved to LA.

What do you listen to when you are home?

Depends on my mood! Lately I’ve been really into 60s, 70s and 80s music: REO Speedwagon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Bee Gees, The Ramones, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac… In general, I listen to a lot of old music since you don’t hear people my age playing it as much nowadays which I think is a shame. 

Your favourite live performance so far?

I really enjoyed playing at SXSW this year! I did a show sponsored by Dick’s Drive In which is one of my favorite restaurants I grew up going to in Seattle and so it was really special.

Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage 

Haha honestly I’m always so focused if anything funny happened I probably wouldn’t have noticed! I used to get the worst stage fright when I was in high school performing in the rock band I had at the time, but it’s gotten slowly better over the years. 

Your favourite albums? 

My favorites are all the ones I got back in high school when I got my first record player since they’re the ones I’ve listened to the most. I love “Oracular Spectacular” by MGMT, “For Emma, Forever Ago” by Bon Iver, and “The Head and the Heart” by The Head and the Heart.

A musician you would like to meet for a beer? 

Elton John

What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important artist on earth? 

A hot tub, a back rub, and a molten chocolate lava cake: life’s greatest pleasures haha.

What are your plans for the near future?

I’m in an interesting place where I’ve wrapped up my debut album and just left Los Angeles. I’m currently in a cabin in the woods by the Cascade Mountains deciding what creative direction I want to go in for the next record and where I want to go in the world, so it’s a time of new beginnings which is both daunting and exhilarating. So for the first time in a long time, I can’t tell you what’s next, but the music will keep coming and keep getting better, that’s for sure.


Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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