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Electronic music duo The Crystal Method will be coming to the new District 30 venue April 7, and Ken Jordan, who founded the group with Scott Kirkland in the 1990s, spoke to The Sacramento Press about the upcoming show.
The Sacramento Press: How would you describe your music?
Ken Jordan: I would say it’s electronic dance music. It’s hard and soulful, and it’s more of a, well, not-quite-underground sound. There’s lots of jargony words I could use to describe it, but it’s cool, electronic dance music.
SP: You’ve been nominated for Grammy awards twice for best electronic/dance album (2009’s “Divided by Night” and 2004’s “Legion of Boom”). What does that sort of recognition mean to you, and has it changed anything in how you make your music?
KJ: It’s great. Ever since they’ve had the electronic music category, our two albums released since then have been nominated. We lost to Lady Gaga (“The Fame Monster”) this last time, and, you know, she had a really big year. It’s great to be nominated, but it’s never a goal. Our goal is always to create a record that’s good and something we enjoy.
SP: When it comes to creating electronic music, how have the technological advances since you formed more than 10 years ago changed the way you work?
KJ: It’s changed a great deal. The creative part of it is essentially the same. When we were first making music, though, just disc storage and RAM memory was all at such a premium. I can remember the first time we had 44-megabyte cartridges for memory and that was a big deal. Overall, the hard disc size and speed – all of that has come so far. That was always a technical limitation that cramped creativity. All of it is so cheap and so fast now that it’s become something you don’t think about so much.
SP: What are you looking forward to in Sacramento? Are you familiar with District 30?
KJ: I know it’s a new venue, and some of the people from Ruby Skye in San Francisco own it. We trust that element of it, and we’re excited about the new club. The last show we had in Sacramento was at Harlow’s. That was 2008, probably, and it was a lot of fun, but this show is going to be totally different, so it’s still something fresh.
SP: How is this show different from the last one?
KJ: That was a live show. We had keyboarders and drummers, and this one is going to be a DJ set. We usually play live shows with keyboardists and drummers and some additional people when we’re promoting an album, but we’re currently not promoting a new album. It’s going to be a really cool show. What we like doing the most when we tour is playing places (for) the first time or ones we don’t hit that often. It’s a fresher crowd.
SP: Will you be playing music from your albums, or will it include more than that?
KJ: We play lots of music that’s ours and remixes we’ve done and remixes of our music done by other people. There’s a lot of Crystal Method music in the set. We just finished a remix for the “Tron” soundtrack, so we’ll play that. What we’re working on right now is a couple of scenes from a big movie that’s coming out later this year. We will possibly play those.
SP: What is the name of the movie?
KJ: I can’t say. I’m in a non-disclosure contract.
SP: In doing work for TV, movies, video games and your own albums, which do you prefer?
KJ: Working on our albums is always the No. 1 priority. You get more satisfaction out of that, since you’re making it for yourself. On the other (projects), you’re making music for another project.
SP: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about The Crystal Method?
KJ: We’re a couple of nice, American boys from Las Vegas residing in L.A. A lot of times people ask us if we’re from England. A lot of our sound is based in classic rock and ’70s punk and early hip hop. We’re not that far out there. Anyone that likes music, if they give us a listen, they should like it. Even our parents like our music.
The Crystal Method’s show will be held at District 30, 1022 K St., from 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. April 7. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.