Denver - The Bluebird Theater - February 25th 2016
article by: Conrad Sperosen
For a packed out Bluebird there was no turning down that night. Crave The Sound was able to catch Black Tiger Sex Machine before Dabin’s set.
Crave: What inspired your post-apocalyptic sound?
Julien: It’s just what we like a lot. Whether it’s video games, sci-fi movies, or anything really it’s whats influenced us growing up. A lot of our musical references tie into that. When we were starting in 2007 the artists that were out there like Justice and Boys Noize but even going farther back to Daft Punk tied into how we developed the whole Black Tiger concept. We love all that stuff and it fits with the name, it fits with the sound and it all goes hand in hand really. We really just want to have fun with it and we created a whole universe around our sound because why not? It really adds something else to BTSM.
If you could work with any artists who would it be?
Patrick: I would go for soulwax, they’re great! They’re from Belgium but were used to working with Belgians, even though some can be weird ass people *looking at Apashe*. Part Of The Weekend That Never Dies is the album I have listened to the most in my life hands down
Julien: Maybe something in the more indie vibe, maybe a few tracks with LCD Sound System.
Where do you think you’ll take your sound from here?
Julien: It’s hard to say where we are going to take our sound in a general sense. I think we’re going to try and evolve but continue making songs that push people on the dance floor. We want to keep our atmosphere with the orchestral and sci-fi influenced sound. I think the next project will be something with a classic hard electro vibe.
What would you classify SCORPION as then?
Julien: Scorpion is our slower tempo electro track, keep in mind everytime we do music we try to make it work live.
We noticed you like to jam out on stage a lot which is not something you see a lot with EDM.
Julien: Go see Dabin, he’s about to go on.
Patrick: We were like kids going to shows and liked to rage and thats where the passion came from
What artists really inspired your music?
Dabin: It’s changed throughout the years. In the beginning I was really inspired by more melodic stuff like Gemini and Nero. Nowadays though I’ve found a ton of inspiration from music outside of EDM, like Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Rey, and Woodkid
At this point it was time for Dabin to make his way onto the stage. I had no idea what to expect. What ensued was a truly kickass set. Dabin’s modulated guitar segments were a roaring part of his sound. His set had a dynamic energy to it. With heavy bass but funky lines his performance was magnificent. I personally thought Dabin also had the best visual set up of the evening.
Apashe had an amazing follow up. His set, like Black Tiger Sex Machine’ and Dabin’s, projected his signature sound. His exotic dark sound was an excellent way to get the crowd down and dirty. I was stoked to hear I’m a Dragon and Battle Royal, his whole set was a dirty sexy good time. His stage presence was not only incredible but was also the perfect primer for BTSM, the whole crowd was moving to his music.
Black Tiger Sex Machine opened with their apocalyptic sounding track Religion. They played songs from their new EP Welcome To Our Church mixed in with their other flagship tracks. They definitely played into their sound and their entire performance, stage presence, visuals, and all carried a bold heavy vibe. The performance gave a nod to Boys Noize when they played & Down.