Tech N9ne returns with Special Effects

Tech N9ne performs in Chilliwack at Evergreen Hall on Oct. 15 as part of his Special Effects Canadian Tour.

Tech N9ne performs in Chilliwack at Evergreen Hall on Oct. 15 as part of his Special Effects Canadian Tour.

Tech N9ne performs in Chilliwack at Evergreen Hall on Oct. 15 as part of his Special Effects Canadian Tour.

Tech N9ne hits the stage once again in Chilliwack at Evergreen Hall on October 15.

The Progress caught up with the rapid-fire ‘Chopper’ style rapper while he was having a bite to eat before his performance in Oshawa, Ontario.

Tech is joined by Krizz Kaliko and Doug Crawford for the 17-show Special Effects Canadian Tour.

And the music never stops with Tech N9ne. The tour launched in Windsor on Sept. 29, where he then also managed to wrap up recording Strangeulation Volume Two, yet another record with Strange Music labelmates.

“All these things in my brain,” he laughed over the phone in St. Louis Bar and Grill. “I have so many ideas.”

When asked what he has in store for this stop of the Special Effects tour, “I plan to ‘whoa’ everybody who’s in attendance. I plan to blow them away, like I’ve always done,” he said confidently.

The fusion of sounds and explosive energy, he said, is second to none.

“Every fan that comes to my show leaves satisfied.” And if they hadn’t already, Tech said they’ll leave eager to delve further into his music.

Combined with pre-Canadian dates, Tech and his crew had already been on tour for what he believed had been two weeks.

“We lose track of time when we’re out here,” he confessed. But being on tour is where Tech feels at home.

“I belong out here. I do this well. I do this perfectly.”

The only drawback of touring for Tech, like many artists, is being away from his family.

Nevertheless, “we go wherever our fans are,” Tech explained, which means travelling to more and more cities as he grows in the industry.

The indie rapper has accomplished a lot throughout his music career, releasing 15 studio albums thus far. His 2015 ‘Special Effects’ release allowed him to work with killer artists from a range of genres.

Of many collaborations, the album features Eminem, Corey Taylor from Slipknot, T.I. and Lil Wayne. It was co-produced with Joseph Bishara, who composed the music and appeared as a ‘creature performer’ in recent horror flicks including Insidious, The Conjuring and Annabelle.

“Everybody came through on this album.”

Tech said that he’s “on the incline.” His crowds are growing, including more and more young Technicians (meaning fans) who like a good party.

The show in Montreal on October 4 was “incredibly hyper” he enthused, and he’s looking for a city to match that level of intensity as he travels west.

“The energy [during a show] is crazy monstrous. I feel like I can eat a horse after a show.” he said. But he was totally zen as he spoke with The Progress, gaining a little bit of peace to re-energize for his next performance that night.

As Tech’s favourite holiday soon approaches, it didn’t take long to figure out his costume.

“For Halloween I’m going to be myself, because somebody booked me for a show that night.”

Tech N9ne, who was once labelled as a horrorcore rapper, said that he wishes he was born on the creepy holiday. The interest in all-things-horror is still evident in his dark, yet wildly energetic performance style today.

Tickets for the Oct. 15 all-ages show, presented by Where It’s At Entertainment, are available at or by phone at 604-809-3810.

General tickets are $50, VIP tickets are available. Show starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.


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