The Crystal Method
past Friday, I was lucky enough to land an interview with Wes
Jordan, one half of the electronic duo, The Crystal Method. Their
new albumLegion of Boom is in stores now, and is a fantastic
album. Read on to find out what we found out about the new album,
personal favorites, touring, and future plans.
is one of my personal favorite electronic records. Was there a
lot of pressure on you all from the record company, fans, etc
to follow up the critical and commercial success of “Tweekend”?
really. We don’t get much pressure from the record label,
other than to make the record, and turn it in when we’re
Will the character of “Nosey” (from the "Name
of the Game" video) be returning in any of your future videos?
Oh, I think Nosey’s pretty much retired for now. We still
have one… maybe we’ll pull it out again for Halloween.
MC: What is your favorite CD of all time, in any genre?
a tough one… probably House of the Holy by Led
Do you currently have any touring plans?
our tour starts February 26th in Sacramento, and will probably
go on through early May. We aren’t really sure who will
open for us- but our opening DJ will be DJ Hyper.
What's currently in your CD player?
Hmm… the new Outkast CD, Radiohead’s
“Hail to the Theif”, and the new disc from Adam Freeland.
You’ve worked with everyone from Scott Weiland to Wes Borland
to Garbage… who has been your favorite artist to work with?
Wes Borland. He’s such a great guy, and an awesome guitar
Vegas had great club anthems, Tweekend had great
rock/hip hop influence. Was there a certain direction you were
pointing towards with this album?
main focus for this album was not to make it very dark and heavy,
like Tweekend was. We tried to make it sound a little
more like Vegas.
MC: Why did you decide to release Legion
of Boom into the very soft market in January? Take advantage
of the lack of releases coming out?
we had the disc turned in by late October. The label didn’t
want rush it out, or let it get buried in all the Christmas releases.
MC: I noticed that you placed a song in [the videogame] Need
for Speed Underground, the first single, “Burn too
Slow”. Do you think placing your songs in video games brings
you to a wider audience?
really can. It definitely helps bring a whole new audience- it
lets them know that we have a new song and album out.
MC: Your song “The American Way” is one of the more
interesting tracks on the new album. Is it about how you all are
“pioneers” for the American techno scene?
little bit, but the main focus of that song is more for the whole
political scene of America, and how we are imposing our will on
everyone. I’m not really cool with it.
MC: What’s your personal favorite song off the new album?
Probably “True Grit”, the third
track from the album.
MC: What are your hopes for the first single? Will you be releasing
a maxi-single with remixes for it?
Yes, we have already released a vinyl 12
inch and a maxi single, containing all the remixes for “Born
What can we expect from crystal method in the future? Maybe another
remix album like Community Service?
are going to tour throughout the summer, then we will probably
do another mix CD like Community Service. After that,
we’ll probably get to our 4th studio album.
like The Crystal Method...