I’m great! Freaked out and excited that I’m releasing solo music after such a long time.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Hands”?
What I love about “Hands” is that when my collaborator, Lars Söderberg, and I started writing it, it was far more folksy sounding. After I sent Lars my vocals and cello parts, he redid the production altogether and gave it a sort of body-roll chorus. I love how misleading it is considering the lyrical content.
What inspired you to write the song?
There are many aspects of divorce that are interesting to explore creatively. I wanted to take a look at the longing for familiarity and comfort the hands of a parent provide.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’m hoping to, yes!
Does the single come off of an upcoming album or EP?
Yes, I’m in the process of finishing up an EP.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Sometime in the summer for sure. I’m still deciding on a title for it.
What was the recording and writing process like?
My collaborator for “Hands” and my upcoming EP, Lars, lives in Sweden—and I’m in Brooklyn; so, our process is usually that he sends me a track which I’ll write to, and we bounce ideas back and forth about how to refine the lyrics, vocals, and production so that everything compliments each other. We have some songs that have gone from a folk/coffee shop vibe, to deep house, to hip hop, to electronic before we’ve settled on the right presentation.
How has St Vincent and Sleigh Bells influenced your writing?
I have such a girl crush on St. Vincent. She’s so uniquely herself and I really appreciate women who can shred like hell on their instrument while also being a kickass frontwoman. I think I’m most influenced by her ability to write hooks that are not quite what you’d expect to hear on the radio, but are still so ear-wormy. I get both the melody and guitar parts to “Cruel” stuck in my head on a regular basis.
One of my biggest insecurities used to be my voice—it still is sometimes. I didn’t really start singing until high school. I went to Booker T Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Arts Magnet in Dallas, TX), where all the vocal majors had such gorgeous, soulful voices. I majored in cello, but wanted to sing in some of the ensembles, and I was always so embarrassed by how small and quiet my voice felt compared to everyone else’s. But Sleigh Bells proved to me that you didn’t need to have a lot of beef/low end to your voice to sound badass; they inspired me to learn how to produce and mix my vocals in a way that I felt showcased my strengths.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not currently, but we’ll see…
What is coming up next in Tiger Darrow’s world?
Right now, my band with film composer, producer, guitarist, and boyfriend extraordinaire, Andrew Orkin, (Tiger + Man) is in the process of mixing our second EP, so he and I will be releasing a single soon. I’m also producing two artists I love, KYYN and Yanni Burton, who I think will be releasing their music sometime this Spring/Summer.