Behind The Scenes With Black Tiger Sex Machine

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Recently we had the prospect to sit down down and chat with Julien and Marc from the feline-helmet carrying trio, Black Tiger Sex Machine, about their distinctive gear and reside setup. Named certainly one of Ultra Music’s Top Ten Masked DJs, Black Tiger Sex Machine sports activities clear black tiger helmets with glowing eyes throughout their reside performances. However, after getting the low down on BTSM’s reside operation, the phrase DJ hardly encapsulates what these high-quality gents are. From the making of the helmets to the balancing act of digital drum pads, CDJs, and reside synths, let’s go behind the scenes with the founders of Kannibalen Records, Black Tiger Sex Machine!

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The modern signature BTSM helmets are the product of a collaborative effort with Montreal-based Industrial Designer Gabriel Hebert. Debuting in January of 2012, the helmets’ design was meant to be a pure extension of the darker undertones and imagery behind the BTSM model. Made from the easy, but extremely versatile polystyrene, which is employed in a wide range of merchandise from CD circumstances to ubiquitous styrofoam, easy is the secret in relation to the helmets. Unlike artists like Deadmau5 and Daft Punk who mission superior visuals throughout their signature dome items, BTSM needed to maintain it easy, choosing a one tone white gentle, relatively than be constricted by wires and energy provides (look ma, no cables!). This permits, Marc, Julien, and  Patrick to give attention to what actually issues, the music.

Incorporating three musicians right into a reside set in digital music might be relatively tough. A intelligent reside setup is required to offer every member a significant function and to combine their sound right into a constant and customary output (until in fact you’re Swedish House Mafia, through which case two of you possibly can stand round doing coronary heart palms all night time).
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That mentioned, BTSM aimed to bridge the hole between reside act and DJ whereas nonetheless permitting for quantity of flexibility. Patrick and Julien comprise the normal reside parts of a reside act, whereas Marc operates in a extra conventional DJ capability. However, not one of the members can actually be lumped right into a minimize and dry class.

The fantastic thing about BTSM is the flexibility they’ve created for every respective member. Patrick’s weapons of selection are two midi keyboard controllers which preside over a what is called a ‘gentle synth’. This implies that the synthesizers he performs are digitally based mostly; the entire precise musical computations are achieved by a pc and never by devoted analog {hardware}. There are a number of benefits to the soft-synth format, particularly the elevated flexibility in customization in addition to the power to forgo buying extremely costly analog devices. Popular synths corresponding to Massive and Sylenth are plug and play with the overwhelming majority of midi controllers permitting BTSM to tweak and change synth patches on a whim. Resampled tones might be bounced out right into a playable format additional rising the vary of sounds at Patrick’s finger ideas.

Julien additionally makes use of midi controllers, nevertheless they arrive within the type of digital drums. While extra restricted within the vary of ‘notes’ which are capable of be triggered, they nonetheless supply the identical quantity of flexibility within the tones that are performed. Percussive parts might be swapped on the fly and added not solely to BTSM originals, however excessive of an enormous vary of tracks. Given that a great deal of power comes from the rhythmic parts in EDM, these digital drums fairly actually pack a punch. Plus it’s past refreshing to see a pair of drumsticks within the EDM recreation, particularly exterior of using a full on drumkit.

Marc capabilities in considerably of the normal DJ function, but in addition performs a bigger function in bringing in an enormous number of layers. Stems from originals and different artists songs might be seamlessly built-in into the general set, permitting BTSM to selected the best and attention-grabbing option to showcase the group’s reside parts. On the fly, the mixer turns into a instrument to clean and hone the general audio combine to suit with every members’ contribution. As properly as the normal skill to combine practically each tune in the marketplace proper now, the CDJ turns into an instrument and turntable in Marc’s palms.

The ensuing symbiosis between these three musicians creates the expertise we’ve got come to know as Black Tiger Sex Machine; a model, a efficiency, and an icon wrapped collectively in a single pleasing presentation. We would love to enter the deepest of particulars, however fairly frankly the opportunity of this distinctive reside arrange is huge, one which BTSM remains to be within the strategy of utterly refining and perfecting. Still, one cant assist however be impressed with such a properly put collectively working idea, particularly given how successfully superior it’s so far. BTSM is much from completed with it and we can not wait to convey you what they cook dinner up!

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