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The Crystal Method

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  • Formed: Los Angeles, CA
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: thecrystalmethod.com
  • Recent Activity: 01.19.17 #RoundTwo of SK's 'Best of 2016' set on #CommunityService on tonight at @sxmElectro 9p/12a https://t.co/C55to0H94N
  • The Crystal Method

  • The Crystal Method

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

L.A.'s Crystal Method were referred to as America's answer to the Chemical Brothers. A dance-based electronic duo with a definite rock band feel, the comparison seemed appropriate, although it tended to erase what made the group distinct: a solid base in American hip-hop, rock, soul, and pop. Formed in 1993 by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, Crystal Method was the longest-running stop in a string of projects that led them from their native Las Vegas (and some forgettable four-track stabs at vocal house music), to the early-'90s L.A. rave scene. Drawn in by its youthful idealism, Jordan and Kirkland became absorbed by L.A.'s underground club culture and began knocking out tracks inspired by their experiences. On the strength of one of their demos, Crystal Method signed to Steve Melrose and Justin King's City of Angels imprint in 1994, and their debut single, "Keep Hope Alive," appeared soon after. The title was in reference to L.A.'s waning rave scene (burdened by constant police pressure and a string of random violent incidents) and became something of an anthem due to the endless barrage of remixes and alternate versions that appeared.

The pair's demand to be taken seriously as a band (as opposed to the enforced anonymity of most techno acts, and something of a new concept for American dance producers) extended to incessant live performances, and Crystal Method's increasing popularity both in the clubs and among radio jocks led to a deal with Geffen affiliate Outpost Recordings in 1996. The group's debut LP, Vegas -- an unabashed party record bathed in acid, funk, rock, and big beat hip-hop -- appeared in mid-1997 and sold very well. The follow-up Tweekend was released four years later, and the duo inaugurated a series of mix albums, titled Community Service, in 2002. Third album Legion of Boom followed in 2004, and their soundtrack to the film London landed a year later. In 2006 released Drive. The mix was made to accompany any aspiring athlete's workout session and was re-released on CD in 2008 with four bonus tracks. In 2009, they released Divided by Night, the first album to be recorded at the duo's state-of-the-art recording studio, Crystalwerks. A self-titled, fan-funded album -- one that embraced their role in the development of EDM -- arrived in 2014.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
03.04.17 Ryse St. Charles, MO US
03.25.17 The Belasco Theater Los Angeles, CA US
04.20.17 Blue Mountain Event Center Wilseyville, CA US
04.22.17 Monarch Theatre Phoenix, AZ US

Activity

  • 01.19.17 #RoundTwo of SK's 'Best of 2016' set on #CommunityService on tonight at @sxmElectro 9p/12a https://t.co/C55to0H94N
  • 01.17.17 Our weekly gift to you..Tune into #CommunityService radio & share the universal language of love music on @SIRIUSXM https://t.co/v6wAfXdsXm
  • 01.17.17 #NowIsTheTime always to do right. Get involved this MLK Jr. Day and celebrate with love on this national a day of s… https://t.co/Fk926SHO6i
  • 01.16.17 Tough loss but so proud that they fought back. #GoSteelers #DallasVsGreenBay #keephopealive \m/, Scott https://t.co/LjcSUsOiYW
  • 01.16.17 Win or Lose! Proud of my @dallascowboys for fighting back! \m/, Scott #NFL #CowboysNation
  • 01.12.17 Get your #tweekly #CommunityService radio on @SIRIUSXM with a guest mix from @EvanGambleLewis RT https://t.co/mu3pOGI0dl
  • 01.10.17 New Year | New Episode of #CommunityService radio with guest mix by @EvanGambleLewis & @gryphene as guest host https://t.co/ApMzeubGwq
  • 01.01.17 Happy New Year and be safe this weekend! Look out for new music in 2017! \m/, Scotty Method
  • 12.24.16 The worst customer service experience in years @ATT store in Henderson/Stephanie! I'm thinking of canceling! \m/, Scott #attemployee #worst
  • 12.22.16 TuneIn at 9p/12a! Tonight's #CommunityService is featuring Scott's 'Best Of' hottest tracks of 2016. Only on… https://t.co/qDE7KvT991
  • 12.21.16 The Crystal Method's 2016 Year End Spotify Playlist https://t.co/9GcLxGKveC
  • 12.17.16 Rogue One is happening!!! #StarWarsGoesRogue #ThereIsHope \m/, SK