Interview: The Crystal Method Talks New Album, ‘Almost Human’ and the EDM Landscape

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Scott Kirkland (L) and Ken Jordan of Crystal Method (Courtesy Red Light Management)

Scott Kirkland (L) and Ken Jordan of Crystal Method (Courtesy Red Light Management)

By Scott T. Sterling

In the latter half of the 90s, with the grunge scene all but gone and rap-rock outfits like Limp Bizkit and Korn owning the charts, a clutch of underground dance acts were, for a brief moment, positioned as music’s next big thing.

Led by European acts such as the Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy (who even scored the cover of Rolling Stone), the burgeoning scene boasted precious few artists from this side of the Atlantic.

“There weren’t enough North American acts that had records out and were touring,” remembered Ken Jordan, one half of The Crystal Method, along with Scott Kirkland.

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The band’s 1997 debut, Vegas, featured hit singles “Busy Child” and “Keep Hope Alive,” putting them on par with their contemporaries from around the world. “It was all based on European acts, and Moby and us. But now, there’s so much support. The people can get the music they want now,” he added in regards to technology and the lack of “star makers” like MTV. “Music that doesn’t fit into a specific genre or box has a much better chance now to make it.”

The band is currently supporting its’ recently released self-titled fifth LP, which features such unexpected collaborators as Dia Frampton of TV show The Voice fame and star country music singer, LeAnn Rimes.

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