“They are without doubt the next Asian/Bhangra act that will break through into the mainstream – it is only a question of time.” (Bobby Friction BBC Radio 1)
Coming from a traditional background where religious adherence was the call of the day and learning to play instruments from a young age so that they could perform at their local temple have now turned this young Sikh outfit into the most sought after act.
Creating waves within the music industry, pioneering their new unique music genre, and preparing to release their highly anticipated album by the same name, Digi-Bhang for a worldwide release.
“You’ve got two very devout Sikh Punjabis from Glasgow, who know their Bhangra music more than anybody. I mean they absolutely know their stuff. They’re young, they’re the right generation. If you listen to some of their earlier albums they were ground-breaking then. What they do and what they’ve done is, they still play the traditional stuff, but they will effortlessly fuse it into Dancehall or Hip-Hop. And the beauty of them is that they both know their genres of music…It all works together, it sounds great. And they can perform live…I think that is really interesting, really clever. We’ve still got the traditional Punjabi music. We’ve still got the element of live and it’s still taking it forward.” – Adil Ray (BBC Asian Network UK, excerpt taken from “Bhangra” written by Dr. Rajinder Dudrah)
But Tigerstyle’s journey has not been an easy one. After two albums of more traditional Desi flavours, Tigerstyle got themselves into a problematic situation which left the duo unable to release material for three years. But this hiatus allowed Tigerstyle to develop their musical talents as they were asked to do white label mixes for Ms Dynamite, Busta Rhymes, Eminem and 50 Cent.
Further recognition came in the form of official remixes for other mainstream acts such as Lisa Maffia (Independiente), Lamya (J Records),and Raghav (A&R) where Tigerstyle contributed with a remix on the hit single Angel Eyes which charted at No.4 in the UK charts. Most recently they have provided remixes for Machete Music artists Luny Tunes, Wisin Yandel & Don Omar, and an exclusive remix of M.I.A.’s “XR2” for the BBC Asian Network.
Nachural Records also announced the placement of tracks from its catalogue onto Project Gotham Racing 3 the game to be launched by X Box (owned by Microsoft) in the winter of 2005. Two tracks by Achanak (“Teri Muhabbatain” Produced by Tigerstyle and “Lak noo” remix) and three tracks from the forthcoming Tigerstyle album (“Boliyan”, “Akh mastani” and “Maan doabe da”) were identified as key representations of the worldwide appeal of Bhangra music. This was the first time that Bhangra tracks had been placed on any interactive game and endorsed the mainstream opinion that Bhangra had finally arrived in the ever increasing music market.
The success of Tigerstyle has taken them touring all over the world including USA, Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Dubai, Singapore and Australia, all in the time span of the last 4 years. They have shared stages with the likes of internationally reknowned artists Lily Allen, Talvin Singh, Damian Marley, Jay Sean, Toy Selectah, Nitin Sawhney, The Dub Pistols, Fun-Da-Mental, Misty in Roots, Gunjan, Asian Dub Foundation, Badmarsh & Shri, Truth Hurts, Panjabi MC, Future World Funk, Raghav, Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol Foundation, Semtex, Bobby Friction & Nihal from BBC Radio 1 and Panjabi Hit Squad of BBC 1Xtra.
Tigerstyle are one of the few Asian acts to have ever recorded a live session for the legendary late Sir John Peel. They were given the opportunity to showcase material from their forthcoming album supported by a full band at the first ever BBC Electric Proms in September 2006, and were selected out of 1000s of bands to perform on the first ever BBC Introducing Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in July 2007. In 2009 Tigerstyle performed in the grounds of the Tower of London to mark the launch of Anglo-Sikh Heritage week as part of a programme of events organised by the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, took to the stage at the Village India festival and then went onto performed at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Their Bollywood debut came in the shape of exclusive remixes of “Bas Ek Kinng” and “Bhootni Ke” under the guidance of hit music director Pritam, on the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie of summer 2008, Singh is Kinng. The same summer saw their previously released hit Nachna Onda Nei being used by Signature on Britain’s Got Talent.
“These overlapping territories mapped within a single Tigerstyle beat demonstrate that Bhangra is not just a new set of sounds for rap dudes to sample it is a movement unto itself, folk music for folk that live in the gaps.” – Ed Stats (Fader Magazine)
Tigerstyle released their new album Mystics, Martys & Maharajas in the UK to high acclaim at the end of 2008. They completed a remix of “What She Came For” (Domino Recordings) for Glaswegian band Franz Ferdinand, and worked along side Bollywood music directors on songs for films Love Aaj Kal, Dil Bole Hadippa, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, De Dana Dan, Toh Baat Pakki, Crook, Aakrosh, Action Replay, No Problem, Delhi Belly & Mausam. Further work for the Bollywood film industry is ongoing.
2010 saw the launch of Tigerstyle boutique digital record label Soldier Sound Recordings, which provided a platform to release albums for solo artists Gunjan (Goonj) and Bikram Singh (BIK.I.AM).
Tigerstyle are pioneering their own fusion sound which they have named as Digi-Bhang. This will also be the title to their widely anticipated 2013 album.