Q&A: Tiger & Woods On Pleasure Delaying, Google Glasses And Their Deep Love Of Justin Timberlake


Don't call it an edit! They've been here for years. Not that you'd know it from the recent resurgence of the new takes on old classics known as disco edits. While some people prefer their edits to consist of little more than simple, tasteful lengthening of a track, others—like Tiger & Woods—completely change the DNA of their source material, only keeping a few recognizable bits and bobs intact.

Not much is known about the duo aside from their music, which is just the way they like it. The two rarely grant interviews, don't offer up biographical details, and hide behind the noms de edit "Larry Tiger" and "David Woods." (The duo's second release, the Caddy Shag EP, dropped the week before the tabloid-worthy sex scandals of the golfer they sort of share a name with came to light; one of the EP's songs was titled "Deflowered," which surely resulted in a few pervy Googlers being turned on to the duo's music during the ensuing media frenzy.) They're just now wrapping up a U.S. mini-tour. This interview was only granted after signing holographic confidentiality agreements in triplicate. But once the forms were headed back to the clubhouse, the boys opened up during a very dignified breakfast chat.

So after two years you've finally cracked the oyster that is America. Did you find that the "American Pleasure Delay Principle" worked people into a frenzy?

Larry Tiger: We didn't do it on purpose!

David Woods: I think the waiting time helped a bit. The tension blew up. I've played New York before and I've never seen anything like it. The [Let's Play House] guys did a really great job on the party too.

Where did the name come from? Why not Kevin & James? Or Woody & Allen?

DW: The name started as a joke, more or less—"let's just release a couple of tracks for ourselves," just like London in 1990 going to Unity or Fat Cat Records. You didn't know shit about what you were buying. You were just picturing stuff, imagining, guessing. Now it's as if people are walking with these Google glasses that tell them everything immediately, and we didn't want that. It's not about the mystery. When you say "mystery," people always misunderstand. Come on, what the fuck, it's dance music! Come to the party. Dance to it. Who cares?

How do you approach making an edit versus an original track?

LT: Well, we'll make an original of whatever we want and then edit that.

DW: We treated [singer] Em as a sample too. We chop her up. She basically never sang exactly what she did on the record.


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