Last Friday night in the heart of the mission at Public Works in San Francisco, The Crystal Method took to the platform armed with dueling guitar shaped turntables complete with keyboards at the bottom. Having recently released their self titled fifth studio album in January, and playing an unforgettable New Years Eve show at the famed Armory, San Francisco was primed for another round of the duo that helped shape electronic dance music.
As a special fundraiser for Opulent Temple’s trip to Burning Man, the night was full of eclectic sounds in the form of Funkagenda, Aphrodite and of course The Crystal Method. After Aphrodite, settled down a little after midnight, Ken and Scott took charge of the sights and sounds. With a whole host of new music from their latest album, along with some killer remixes of some of todays hottest electronic acts, The Crystal Method had everyone at Public Works dancing long into the night.
Before their set however, I had the chance to sit down with Ken, to gain some insight into the latest mayhem that is The Crystal Method. We discussed the length of production time on the new album (including how Scott's brain surgery) affected the recording process. We talked about their "Fundanything" project, which was a huge success, what were the best and worst moments when working on the score for FOX's "Almost Human", and what their favorite pieces of equipment are. And finally, we spoke about Ken's new favorite artists on the scene, and whether or not he longs for the "good old days" of rave culture. I tried to get his opinions on the most "over rated" DJ, but he was too classy to throw anyone in the hot seat.
If you missed the duo on this tour, fret not, as they will be back around again soon I'm sure, but they might need to pop out some new video game tunes first. Definitely looking forward to seeing what game they are working with!