Blue Tiger is the moniker of Edinburgh-based, Peruvian-born Mario Cruzado, self described fried rice and basketball enthusiast. Though this is the first time we see Cruzado venture out with solo material, he is a well-known face on the Edinburgh music scene. For many years, Cruzado fronted the sludge-rock ensemble Plastic Animals. Now with Blue Tiger he has released both single Eta Carinae and EP, Artifice. Mario spoke with The Fountain about releasing via OK Pal and his enthusiasm to play live.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Eta Carinae

The reception has been great! People seem to like the sound. I haven’t released any music in about four years so I’m feeling a little out of the loop with how things are going in the music world. Releasing a song and letting it out there, like any creative work, is nerve wracking but I’ve had nothing but kind words. I hope the EP goes the same way.

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

A nostalgic mid-tempo pop nugget about infinite love.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, I note an EP?

Yes! My debut EP, Artifice came out on November 27th and there was a live stream to celebrate the launch the next day. Also, the OK Pal kids and I did a short session which will hopefully see the light very soon. I’m chuffed Faith and Hailey believed in me enough to release it on their excellent label. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging? 

When I had the chance to with Plastic Animals, the Queen’s Hall was really special. As for the next place? Wherever! I’m desperate to play a gig. I miss it very dearly, the camaraderie and connection you get to share while playing music is something I can’t really compare to anything else. It’s so immediate and profound at the same time. Not having it has definitely made me cherish the gigs I’ve played and assisted a whole lot more.