Jessy Lanza recounts the time Aer Lingus lost her Juno-106

Fortunately the synth was returned to her, but she’s vowed never to take vintage gear on the road again.

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Jessy Lanza next to a digger

Any touring musician knows the ever-present fear of losing or damaging their beloved equipment on the road. If most had their way, they’d clutch their guitars, synthesisers and DJ mixers in their arms as they board every train, plane and automobile that takes them to their next gig.

Thankfully, most of the time it remains just that: a fear. But for Canadian producer Jessy Lanza, that fear became a reality when she once travelled with Irish airline Aer Lingus.

As she recalls in a new episode of MusicTech’s My Forever Studio podcast – in partnership with Audient – her Juno-106 synth was lost by the airline for a whole month. And despite it eventually being returned to her safely, she has since vowed not to take vintage gear on the road with her again.

“Ever since that happened I just said, ‘Never again,’” she says. “It’s just gonna get ruined or lost – it’s too tough on the instrument.”

She continues: “[Aer Lingus] did find it and they did send it back to Toronto, and somebody dropped it off at my house and it was okay – it wasn’t crushed. I did think I was never going to see it again.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Lanza speaks about her strained relationship with Logic, admitting she thinks the EXS24 sample “sucks”.

“It’s powerful, it’s just not practical, I guess,” she says. “It’s just not as intuitive. It’s mostly just key commands. It doesn’t snap properly. The warping function is kind of a joke compared to Ableton. It’s just not as easy, it’s not as fun.”

Listen to the full episode below:


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