When and how did you start making music?
– We started making music in 2007. After discovering artists like Justice and Boys Noize, we really fell in love with the electro sound and decided we wanted to try our hand at making some. We downloaded some programs and started putting together little beats. At the beginning it wasn’t so serious though. It was only in about 2011 that we really started developing our own sound.
How did you come up with the name “Black Tiger Sex Machine” and whats the meaning behind it ?
– Black Tiger Sex Machine is really just four words that Julien put together as a joke that was unrelated to our musical project. We were having trouble finding a name and another friend of ours suggested we use that. We felt it represented us well because it was kind of dark-sounding and over-the-top and translated the feeling of our music and image.
Which artists inspired you too become involved with Electro House music?
– Justice, Boys Noize and Daft Punk are major inspirations. Older electronic acts like Prodigy, which we listened to when we were a lot younger.
Why do you wear your Tiger Helmets is there a meaning behind it ?
– We wanted our shows to have a strong visual element. The Tiger helmets represent our imagery and they really add this dark atmosphere to our live performances.
Is there any artist you would like to work with?
– There are too many to mention! All the artists on our record label, Kannibalen Records, are great to work with. Others that would be cool would anyone from Skrillex to Gesaffelstein to Daft Punk.
What was the first event you ever played at?
– We started DJing at this small bar in Montreal called Le Social. There would be about 10 people, the sound system was bad and we hardly made any money but it was still a great experience. We learned to DJ and had fun doing it.
Where in the world have you performed live?
– We’ve performed in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland & Austria
What’s the best event you’ve played at and why ?
– Our shows in our hometown, Montreal, are always great. We have a monthly event with all the artists on our label called Kannibalen. We hold it at a great music venue called Le Belmont. It’s always a crazy party and we use it to test out unreleased tracks and remixes.
Out of all your tracks which one never fails?
– The really heavy tracks like Rezorecta and Destroy It work well. Any track that has a lot of bass will get people moving.
How is the Canada DJ scene in your eyes at the moment?
– It’s great! There are so many talented producers making music. In Montreal alone there are a lot! And everyone is pretty friendly and supportive. There are a lot of collaborations and events going on, not just for electro but in other types of electronic music.
What should your fans look forward too in the future?
– The third anniversary of our record label, Kannibalen, is happening in September. We will be releasing new tracks by all the artists on the label, as well as several music videos. Of course, BTSM will be part of those releases. We’ve got collaborations with Apashe and Kai Wachi in the works. We’re shooting a music video soon for the Apashe collaboration. We’ve also got another track called Revolt coming out very shortly that will be released for free. In October we’re doing a short tour in South Africa and we are also working on a US tour.
Can you recommend three songs for the summer?
Dabin, an artist on our label, is releasing a new song called Embers which is perfect for summer. It’s got a great feel-good vibe; it’s a bit less in-your-face than our usual tracks.
That new rustie track with Danny Brown, Attak, is really cool.
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