What’s in your bag? is a recurring function the place we ask individuals to inform us a bit extra about their on a regular basis devices by opening their baggage and hearts to us. This week, we’re that includes Montreal digital music trio Black Tiger Sex Machine.
“We have now to eliminate a few of these baggage, guys.”
When The Verge walks into the resort room for digital trio Black Tiger Sex Machine, the mattress is piled excessive with baggage. There’s a minimum of six — and that’s the whittled-down choice, excluding private suitcases and bigger Pelican circumstances that home all of the components for the Montreal trio’s in depth reside setup with drum machines, launchpads, keyboards, and extra.
The group, made up of Marc Chagnon, Julien Maranda, and Patrick Barry, are generally known as a lot for his or her hard-hitting, bass-soaked tracks as they’re for his or her label Kannibalen Information (which has signed artists like Snails and Apashe), and their immersive efficiency, the place they sport 3D-printed tiger helmets with lighting that syncs to the music.
This final portion is why The Verge is dealing with a mountain of baggage. They do all of it themselves, and it takes a whole lot of stuff to not solely make a Black Tiger Sex Machine present run, however ensure they’re good to go once more in a matter of minutes in case something screws up. Meaning arduous drives, cables advert infinitum, dongles, and the helmets, which the fellows insist should be of their sights always. They’re introduced as carry-on for each flight.
There’s a grip of things right here, even when contemplating they’re unfold throughout three individuals, not one. However what they’ve chosen to hold is a testomony to their Boy Scout-level of preparedness with all the pieces tech. It additionally reveals a piece ethos that has allowed them to not solely debut new, extra versatile helmets this 12 months, but in addition launch their second album, New Worlds, and put out the 17th installment of their Futuristic Thriller Combine, which samples from Blade Runner 2049. Try all the pieces a techy, future-tiger trio has to carry with them to make all of it tick.
Marc Chagnon: I went by means of most likely like 4 or 5 or 6 [bags] within the final two to a few years, and this one has probably the most actual property. It has over 12 totally different pocket sizes. You’ll be able to put all the pieces in there. You’ll be able to match two laptops and a pocket book plus an iPad and garments, so it may possibly truly match virtually all the pieces I want to hold. So I may go away with this backpack and have all my gear for the weekend, plus my garments. It appears to be like small, however you may put a lot in it.
How have you ever gone by means of six baggage?
MC: I don’t know.
Julien Maranda: He buys backpacks, and he desires to be the one one to have the backpack. When everybody else begins shopping for it, then he desires a brand new one. [Everybody laughs]
MC: I really like backpacks. This one is simply superior.
MC: The laptop computer is a 2017 13-inch MacBook Professional. Our entire DJ library is on that one. It’s not used for reside reveals. Surprisingly, we had so many points with USB-C and the brand new MacBook, so we reverted again to 2015 MacBook Professionals with normal USB for the reside reveals. We even tried USB-C to printer socket, and that didn’t work. Plus, I’m a giant dude, and if I’m going to work in planes, the 13-inch is best.
Who does the digital camera belong to?
Patrick Barry: I purchased it a 12 months and a half in the past, only for enjoyable to take footage after we’re touring. Our photographer really helpful this mirrorless one to me. It’s a pastime. And once you take footage with it, you’re not draining your self of [phone] battery, which is sensible. It’s a toy I carry with me.
You’re underplaying it!
JM: I’ve by no means seen an image taken with this digital camera.
MC: It’s been a operating joke.
JM: We see him take footage…
PB: It’s only for me. That’s my one factor, and I don’t really feel the necessity to expose it! I’m nonetheless studying. If you take footage with a digital camera, and you’ve got your photographer subsequent to you taking superb footage, it’s like, “Okay, I nonetheless have some work to do.”
Who has the Galaxy S8?
PB: That’s me. I simply don’t like iOS as a lot as a result of it locks you into all the pieces Apple. I used to have an iPhone. After which I began utilizing Android. I discover it does all the pieces both as effectively or higher than an iPhone, and it’s cheaper. So I’m with Android proper now.
And why do you two have iPhones?
JM: I’ve all the pieces on the cloud. My telephone was stolen in Argentina final 12 months once I was backpacking. I purchased a brand new one, and immediately, all the pieces was again the way it was earlier than. In case you’re very organized with Apple, it’s very straightforward, particularly with cloud. It may be difficult for sure issues, like in case you’re taking part in round between two computer systems, however in case you’re organized with a cellphone, it’s actually good. I’ve my notepads all linked up, for instance, so then once I write notes, it syncs on all my different units.
MC: I haven’t upgraded as a result of I don’t suppose it actually is smart. I was a freak and purchase each new telephone. However now, I haven’t for 2 years. What’s actually superior is iMessage and FaceTime throughout iPad and MacBook and iPhone, principally to maintain up with household and family members. It’s very helpful.
The arduous drive is our entire DJ assortment, plus our reside present backup arduous drives. We use varied varieties of protocols and totally different sorts of software program as a result of we combine the video and lighting alerts in our reveals. So there’s a whole lot of backup software program and backup drivers, and we additionally hold a model of each single reside present we play. Generally we lose media clips because of bizarre protocols inside Ableton with Max for Stay and OSC dispatchers. It’s bizarre. So we regularly return to outdated reside reveals to seize again issues like visible clips.
JM: My exterior over there has all of our information for the newest album all backed up. I carry two externals. This one is extra for the ultimate information, and the opposite one is for extra huge bin stuff. It’s fairly huge, a number of terabytes.
If you have to arrange your stuff on the street, particularly making an attempt to complete music, and we’re bouncing off information… I attempt to have all the pieces organized someplace in order that any time we’d like one thing, we will ship it.
[Opens up cable bag] That is disorganized, but it surely’s cables for something, simply because all of the Apple stuff now with USB is type of a multitude, and backups.
MC: I exploit a minimum of two dongles per journey.
Why did you choose these Sony headphones?
MC: I used to be wanting on-line round my birthday. My dad and mom gave me some cash for headphones. I used to have Sennheisers, and, principally, I don’t thoughts having client headphones when touring. These sound tremendous good for films or label demos. They really feel good, and the opinions on it had been superior, so I gave them a attempt to love them. The final time I had Sony headphones was most likely 2003.
JM: And these headphones are fairly good. [factors to exercise headphones] I truly purchased some for Marc. If you’re sweating, most of those wi-fi health club headphones have a tendency to slide out of your ear, however these don’t. It leaves somewhat little bit of place for sound to come back in. I do know it sounds bizarre, however once you’re on the health club, you wish to remember somewhat little bit of your surroundings, like when individuals are coming in, in case you’re lifting, no matter. And the battery life is like, 10 to 15 hours. I not often should cost them, and it’s been virtually been two years.
We all the time go to the health club. I believe I went to the health club 15 out of the final 16 days. That’s why after we’re touring lots, we’re not too fucked up. We go to the health club as a substitute of getting actually fucked up on a regular basis. So that is type of a necessary factor.
I additionally watch a whole lot of Fortnite streaming in the meanwhile on the health club with these. I don’t know why. I don’t even play it a lot. I’ve by no means listened to streaming ever, however Ninja will get me.
The mouse is by Anker. Once we’re on the street, we’re working lots, and I’ve tendonitis in my proper hand from clicking. That is ergonomical, and it actually helps. And it appears like the long run.
MC: The in-ears we use for the reside present. They’re Final Ears and have 4 drivers — one just for bass, two for mids, and one for highs. It’s been a life-saver as a result of they only block as much as 30 decibels, and typically we’ve got as much as 4 channels on the mixer taking part in on the similar time. That is excellent sound in your ears, and I by no means get any harm from the reside present as a result of I put it at 25–30 p.c on the mixer, and it simply sounds nice on a regular basis.
MC: The beard comb is a part of my Amazon on-line shopping for habit. I’ve two or three others. Every time I come again from tour, I simply purchase a number of objects on-line. Proper now, my beard isn’t too huge so I don’t use it. However when it’s longer, it’s very helpful.
JM: I attempt to all the time purchase one thing once I journey. So I’ve one ring that I purchased from this artist from Argentina who was promoting jewellery. I’ve one thumb ring from Essaouira, Morocco. Over there, once you’re getting jewellery, it’s important to shuttle to deal on the worth for a number of days. I walked away three days in a row, and so they introduced down the worth. After which I simply purchased a hoop and bracelet in China. It’s somewhat memento. The Pikachu? Since I’ve been younger, I’ve collected collectible figurines and stuffed animals. And I like Pokémon. So I simply went right into a retailer and bought it.
The face masks is from South Korea. I believed it was funnier to have a canine face. The Ray-Bans are so I can appear to be Jim Morrison.
JM: I really feel like it’s best to share this as a result of no person is aware of that we stock [the helmets] on the airplane. Mainly, that is model three of the helmet. We don’t verify them as a result of we don’t wish to threat them getting misplaced or destroyed. So we purchase the smallest sports activities bag that we will discover every so often, and when they’re destroyed, we alter them out. We’re very cautious with it. The lipo battery is definitely one thing we don’t use as a lot now. We’ll use it once more after we do wi-fi. We’re wired proper now, however we’re going again to wi-fi quickly. We carry these batteries in order that if we stroll at festivals, we will simply have our older belts with the brains, and people can mild up the helmets.
The lipo guard bag is so in case one thing does occur, the hearth goes to be contained contained in the bag. That’s a fireproof bag.
MC: TSA by no means flags the helmets. They’re curious each every so often, however that’s it.
JM: I believe individuals simply carry very bizarre stuff on planes.
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