Black Tiger Sex Machine Releases ‘Futuristic Thriller’ EP

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Today, Black Tiger Sex Machine (BTSM) launched their Futuristic Thriller EP, which, in true BTSM-style, boasts aggressive bass beats good for headbanging. The Canadian trio—comprised of Marc-André Chagnon, Julien Maranda and Patrick Barry—is well-known for making a efficiency that strikes the suitable steadiness between a dwell present and a DJ set. This could possibly be seen of their Futuristic Thriller Tour, which sadly needed to be partially postponed as a result of COVID-19 disaster, as a result of it created a film expertise with their visuals that matched their music. The Kannibalen label bosses took the time to share with Forbes the inspiration behind the Futuristic Thriller EP, dwell streaming their film expertise tour throughout quarantine, what’s subsequent for them and extra.  

Lisa Kocay: What was the inspiration to your forthcoming EP Futuristic Thriller

BTSM: “The title comes from a mixture sequence we’ve had for a number of years. Within them we incorporate storylines and audio clips from sci-fi films to present the mixes extra depth and make them extra immersive. We’ve all the time been impressed by cyberpunk universes like Blade Runner, Mad Max and Akira. Since the start of BTSM and Kannibalen, we’ve slowly constructed up our personal storylines, characters and universe. We had reached some extent the place we may push the universe to the subsequent degree with a dwell motion film expertise. The objective was to pair music with scenes from our quick movie. 

“The concept of Futuristic Thriller because the EP is taken from our combine sequence and our most up-to-date tour—we felt the necessity to shut this journey with a musical journey. Hopefully followers can dwell or relive the expertise at residence and really feel a part of the BTSM Church. That’s why we integrated the Naomi character from our dwell motion movie on the Futuristic Thriller EP art work. 

“We actually needed to dive in and provides a clearer have a look at among the fundamental characters, together with Naomi, a resistance fighter for the BTSM Church, in addition to the BTSM Fighter, which is managed by Naomi or different resistance fighters. The resistance goes up in opposition to many enemies together with AI Zombies, that are hybrid creatures which are biomechanically enhanced. These are simply among the characters within the universe we needed to additional shine a lightweight on with this EP.” 

Kocay: Can you share any tales behind how among the tracks have been created? 

BTSM: “Because we have a look at all of our songs, particularly ones for EPs and albums, as part of a bigger universe, every monitor holds its personal house or story inside that post-apocalyptic world. Sometimes, issues which are occurring in the true world play into or encourage that. In a manner, issues in our world will mirror these inside the true world, however in a distorted, dystopian type of manner. 

“‘KILLZONE,’ ‘Let’s Get It’ and ‘Time Travel’ have been used throughout our tour alongside the dwell motion scenes, so we constructed the visuals round these tracks particularly for the present. ‘KILLZONE’ would open the present with the AI Zombie arriving in a BTSM Church bunker. He’s there to kill the remaining members of the resistance. Naomi, who’s one of many final survivors of this facility and a part of the resistance, is a related fighter. She controls the BTSM Fighting Machine by way of a cerebral connection. Against slim odds, she decides to combat the AI Zombie. 

“For ‘Let’s Get It,’ the AI Zombie vanishes someplace within the base. Naomi searches for the Zombie, which makes an attempt to sneak up behind her and an enormous combat scene ensues. She’s pressured to take drastic measures close to the tip. 

“‘Time Travel’ closes the present. The BTSM Fighter, managed by Naomi, appears to be in crucial situation after she doubles down on her drastic measures. Even extra zombies infiltrate the warehouse in huge numbers. As she appears defeated, it fades and we’re disconnected. We additionally attempt to use each art work as a chance to maintain the storyline alive—that’s why we’ve been incorporating the characters on the singles artworks. On the ‘Doomsday’ artwork, for instance, it looks as if the BTSM Fighter has in truth lastly received the battle in opposition to the AI Zombie, and the story continues.” 

Kocay: Some of the tracks on the EP are very exhausting hitting whereas others are extra mellow (at the least compared), which actually permits the EP to span the spectrum of bass music. What’s your artistic course of like when making music? 

BTSM: “For us, making music must make sense when taking part in dwell. All three of us are working totally different angles of the songs and the music wants to suit inside our story and present. When we play dwell, we attempt to take folks on a journey. Lighting, visuals [and] music—all of it permits us to speak with the group. It’s all the time evolving and we love switching the tempo and music model all through the present.

“We’ve all the time been impressed by artists like Daft Punk, Justice and the French Touch Electro motion from the weblog home period, so we nonetheless love placing out that sort of sound. Basically, we don’t need to restrict ourselves to only one model. It’s enjoyable and we predict among the lighter tracks are a bit extra digestible for folks to take heed to on repeat at residence whereas they quarantine. A tune like ‘Nobody Wants You’ ought to give dose of nostalgia to the Electro fanatics.

“During the tour, we had an enormous techno model part that followers actually vibed with, so we have been impressed to do one thing in that vein with techno and electro. It’s good to discover totally different feelings, as a result of on the finish of the day we’re all complicated people and delivering variety in our catalog is what we need to do.” 

Kocay: How did you select the identify of the EP? What does Futuristic Thriller imply to you? 

BTSM: “Like we talked about earlier than, initially it got here from the combo sequence. We need the BTSM present and our music to be keys to a different world. Our universe is sooner or later, one that’s post-apocalyptic, in order that’s the place the futuristic half is available in. When you consider the time period ‘thriller,’ there’s this power and sense that issues can change at any second. At its core it could actually go both manner: good or dangerous, up or down—anyplace. You’re on the sting of your seat ready to see what occurs subsequent since you’re so engaged. So collectively, Futuristic Thriller embodies all these issues.

“On a associated notice, with us making totally different genres, Futuristic Thriller suits describing our total model, as if we’re writing music for an motion packed sci-fi film.” 

Kocay: The EP goes by the identical identify as your current tour. Though the film expertise tour needed to be minimize quick attributable to coronavirus, are you able to inform me how the reveals that did occur went? What have been the reactions out of your followers? 

BTSM: “We have been lucky sufficient to play many of the tour, however the previous couple of reveals have been postponed or cancelled. This was our greatest manufacturing that we’ve ever had with a full group on board to make it occur. We have been principally bringing our personal film theatre on the street. 

“It was a little bit of a danger to deliver such a visible storyline to a music occasion that individuals need to rage at, however folks actually related to it and it paid off. People needed the film expertise to go even additional they usually have been dressing up as characters and bringing our universe residence with them. The followers are involving themselves and making it their very own and we couldn’t be happier. It means lots to us to see all of the superb outfits, the cosplay, the BTSM kandi and perlers, we all know all of this takes large dedication and we’re eternally grateful to our followers for it. 

“We nearly bought out each present, on prime of taking part in large venues like Palladium and headlining on the Great Saltair and Mission Ballroom. We have been blown away by every little thing, a dream come true. We had been dreaming of doing such a challenge since day one and it nonetheless feels surreal we have been capable of do it.”

Kocay: Can you speak about your May 9 dwell stream, “Futuristic Thriller Tour Live Stream (Movie Experience)”? 

BTSM: “We actually put lots into this to make it distinctive for our followers. We needed to present the concept somebody is strolling into the venue and being within the crowd, as a substitute of simply merely watching a livestream.

“It’s filled with uncooked clips from the tour reveals and it is as if you’re inside watching the entire expertise. We blended all of the music to the film and visuals. It’s loopy to see how far we’ve taken all the visible points of our present. When we first began out, we couldn’t do every little thing that we had in our minds simply due to pure sources, however now we’re capable of transport folks and actually give them a way of who we’re and what our universe and tales are all about… and it’s just the start.”  

Kocay: What are some songs you’re listening to throughout these loopy occasions to maintain you calm? 

Julien Maranda: “John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Rüfüs Du Sol – ‘Live From Joshua Tree’” 

Patrick Barry: “‘Jack Harlow – ‘What’s Poppin’


Marc-André Chagnon: “Young Thug – ‘Sup Mate (feat. Future)

Lemaître – ‘Fast Lovers

All three of us have additionally had Apashe’s album, Renaissance, on repeat.”  

Kocay: What are your plans for the long run?

BTSM: “Right now we’re specializing in placing out as a lot content material as doable from each ourselves and our label, Kannibalen Records. We need to put out way more music, beginning with this huge EP, however we even have some huge collaborations we’re engaged on, together with one with Kayzo. We need to deliver Kannibalen Records to the subsequent degree and we’ve bought an enormous schedule this yr. Included inside that’s increasing our efforts to showcase up and coming artists via Kannibalen Radio.

“Other than that, we’re gonna take the time to work on the screenplay for the subsequent a part of the Movie Experience and possibly make somewhat artwork booklet with a set of tales and visuals for followers to get pleasure from.”

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