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Hear them Roar Tigerilla let out an almighty roar when they released their debut single Feeding The Fire. So, in preparation for the release of their album The Jungle, Indievisual went and got an exclusive interview with this mysterious new band.

I couldn’t believe there were no other audience members to witness them. It was only a sound check, but Camden Roundhouse was alive. Forget feeding the fire, these guys feed off of the fire. At the back of the stage, completely in the zone, I don’t think their drummer even noticed my entrance. Their guitarist keeps his cool, despite the guitar riffs he plays that I can’t describe in any other way than ridiculously awesome. Their token girl holds her own completely up against the three guys, bringing this bohemian, hippie vibe to the whole scene. Then there’s their lead singer. He exudes confidence, individuality and cool. This is Tigerilla, and I guarantee you they will be the next big thing. So, what has the response to your single been like? Damon: Unbelievable! We never expected this kind of response. Caleb: Yeah, we’ve all said, as long as we’re making music, we’ll be happy. Max: That’s when I was working two jobs to pay for studio time to record a demo track. Damon: Here we go again…


Things haven’t been easy then? Max: No. But I guess it was worth it. (Smiles) Dawn: It would have been worth it either way. I guess it just means we get a bit more freedom with our music now. Damon: We do what we like, because we’re Tigerilla. (The other three roll their eyes) How did Tigerilla begin? Max: That would be my doing, thank you very much. (He grins, boastfully) Dawn: We were all performing at, like, an open mic session in Soho and afterwards Max asked each of us if we wanted to join a band. Damon: I think all of us were drifting a bit in life before we found Tigerilla. It gave us a driving force, a purpose, whatever you wanna call it. Meet Damon

Damon, what was your input into the album? I’m not going to pretend it’s my talent that produced such great music. Really, I show up, sing and just do my thing. If they tell me it’s


good, I keep doing it. If it doesn’t work, I don’t.

What’s been your favourite part of the process? If I’m honest, we haven’t got to that part yet. I’m dying to perform our material! I love performing. I most certainly love an audience. I do what I do best when I have a crowd.

What’s your favourite song on the album? It depends. “Animals with Drums” is the one I can’t wait to perform. However, Dawn’s acoustic track “Across the Shore” blows me away.

What’s it like to be part of Tigerilla? We’re all so different – you wouldn’t put us all in the same

band. But I think that’s why we work. We’ve all got our own influences and we’re all open to new ideas.

“That dude is absolutely crazy”

Dawn on Damon He’s a bit of a loose cannon. I don’t think any of us would be able to tame him. But I guess that’s what makes him who he is. Yeah, he sometimes rolls into rehearsals an hour late with a banging headache from last night, but he loves performing, and he’ll put in 100%, no matter what.

Caleb on Damon That dude is absolutely crazy. He’s always singing, if he’s not talking. He’s unbelievably optimistic too. I guess it makes him a good laugh.

Max on Damon As much as he sometimes drives me completely mad, I know that I made the best decision ever when I approached him to join the band. He’s so passionate, so sure we can do it, that he makes everyone else believe we can too. People have a lot of faith in us now. It’s all down to him. Meet Dawn

Dawn, how does it feel to be the only girl in the band? Usually it’s not a problem. I guess I

do miss some female company, but the guys are great. They’re like my brothers now. I think they need a girls influence, I’ve got to keep them all in line sometimes. What would you say your role in the band is? I guess I generally make sure all of the others are getting on. We’re all very passionate about what we do, so sometimes when we don’t agree things can get a bit heated.

“She’s the one who keeps us all in line”

How much input did you have into The Jungle? There’s an acoustic track on there. It’s me on vocals with Caleb on guitar. It’s really stripped back. Other than that, I share the vocals mostly with Damon and, on a couple of tracks, I get out my guitar.

Damon on Dawn


It’s nice to have some female energy while we’re on tour. She may seem like the sweetest girl in the world, but really she’s the one who keeps us all in line. Caleb on Dawn Dawn is awesome. She just has such a great vibe. She’s got a fantastic voice too. She’s so talented. Her guitar skills are awesome. I jam with her all time on tour. Great way to kill time.

Max on Dawn We are genuinely so lucky to have her in the band. I mean, she should be a solo artist. She should be a solo artist. Where Damon was made for a band – he feeds off a band – Dawn has a presence and a coolness that would work for her to go solo. She’s multitalented too. She’s a real great girl. Meet Max

Who came up with the band name ‘Tigerilla’? That was Damon. He’s the ideas guy. He’ll have a thousand ideas! Most of them will be complete rubbish, but there will be that one idea that is gold.

“Our sound is pretty unique”

What inspired you to start drumming? When I was a kid I loved music. I was one of those kids with loads of energy too! A guitar, a piano or something like that would never have worked for me. I could drum for hours and just expel all of that excess energy. I think that’s why I stuck with it. I never really stuck with anything else. Would you say the band has any influences? Each one of us has our own influences. So I guess our sound is pretty unique. What I like about us is that none of us are trying to copy anyone else. A lot of our influences come from our lives and experiences rather than our music tastes.


What’s your favourite song on the album? I have to say my favourite is probably “Feeding The Fire”. I know it’s cliché but, trust me, I’m not just trying to promote the single. I think the song represents who we all are. Who Tigerilla is. The fact it’s been such a success just adds to how proud I am of it. I think our challenge now will be to beat it.


Damon on Max He’s a little awkward, but the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He obviously has a great ear for talent too because… well… he found me.

Dawn on Max He’s the sweetest guy I’ve ever met. I get on really well with Max. I think it’s great that he really gets who each and every one of us is. Doubtless to say he looks after the other three of us. He managed us up until the point we got signed.

Caleb on Max I tell you what, I never would have expected a guy like Max to be in a band, let alone be the drummer… and to top it all off he has such skills when he freestyles! Meet Caleb

From the others, it sounds like you have a lot of input into the band’s sound. Yeah, I guess. I mean at the end of the day we’re a band, so we all have some input in somewhere. The band is what it is because of all four of us. I suppose I have a lot of input into the original idea, then when the others get hold of it they add so much into the mix. What was life like before Tigerilla? It was a bit boring really. I did a job I really hated. At night

I’d find pubs and bars where I could play. Open mic nights, that sort of thing. I’ve never wanted to sing really, I just wanted somewhere to play. That’s why this works for me. I get to make the music, while Damon and Dawn sing the songs I write.

“I thought he didn’t like me at first”

What’s your favourite song on the album? My favourite song is one called “Until Tomorrow”. It’s one of the ones I wrote. It has a lot of personal value for me. If people like it, it will mean a lot.

What have you got in store for us on your tour? (Laughs) God knows what Damon’s got in store! He’s insane that guy. Really, he is. We all love our music and we’re all dying to play our stuff. We’ll put everything we have into it. I guess we have to hope people like it.

songs he writes for us are too good.

Dawn on Caleb I love working with him. He’s just a really cool guy. He’s probably the one who’s developed the band’s sound the most. Max on Caleb Caleb is so talented. He’s really easy to work with too. He’s the sort of guy that will just get on and do things rather than sitting around waiting for someone else to.

Words & Images: Natalie Rogers

Tigerilla’s debut album “The Jungle” is released February 23rd 2014

Damon on Caleb He’s a really quiet guy. I thought he didn’t like me at first. (Laughs) Then I realised it’s just the way he is. Either way, guy is so talented. The



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