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posted Friday, October 3 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 40
THE MUSIC LOUNGE
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Party troopers: The Crystal Method headline this weekend's FreakNight Traveling Circus

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

You can call The Crystal Method 'survivors.' Formed in 1993, the Grammy-nominated duo of Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan has stayed relevant in a genre that has universally and rapidly gone from underground to mainstream. They've not only stayed afloat in electronic dance music (EDM), but they've also been one of its most respected acts that still perform to massive club crowds, and still headline major festivals and circuit parties. They've also survived a scare; while making their latest album, this year's self-titled release, Kirkland was diagnosed with a benign posterior fossa arachnoid cyst that required a surgical procedure. Fortunately, the process was done without any recurrences. The Crystal Method will appear live at The Showbox SoDo on October 3 as the top billing for 'The FreakNight Traveling Circus: Seattle,' an electronic road show that includes stops in Portland and Eugene. Reached by email, here is what Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method had to say when he checked into The Music Lounge.

Albert Rodriguez: Is there anything you specifically like or dislike about Seattle?

Scott Kirkland: What's not to love about Seattle? The people are great, the food is delicious, and the city is simply stunning!

Rodriguez: You've been to Seattle many times. Any fond memories of being here, or from playing at any particular venue?

Kirkland: There are so many wonderful memories.... We always loved playing The End Fest and have had many wicked nights at [The] Showbox. More recently Foundation has become one of our favorite places to play as well. We even had the pleasure to play a NYE gig at the EMP museum many years ago.

Rodriguez: Electronic music has exploded in recent years. Has it helped your career, or made it more challenging by competing with a larger pool of artists?

Kirkland: It's amazing how mainstream EDM has become over the past 5 years. It's hard to say how much it's helped us, but we do appreciate so many of the incredible artists and producers who continue to move things forward.

Rodriguez: Can you give any details on what your 'FreakNight' performance will be like? Set list, length of set, lighting, etc.

Kirkland: Let it be known that we'll be 'Callin All Freaks' to join us for a huge night of electrified breaks and tectonic bass! Lol

Rodriguez: Will you be including a lot of material from your new self-titled album in the upcoming Seattle show?

Kirkland: We'll be playing many new tracks and many classics.

Rodriguez: Some electronic acts have taken up residency in Las Vegas. Is this something we could potentially see from The Crystal Method?

Kirkland: Not sure. We love playing Vegas and would love to do a residency at some point.

Rodriguez: I know that you recently survived a scare, recovering from brain surgery. Has this made you personally or collaboratively more hungry to pursue future musical endeavors?

Kirkland: My health issues are thankfully behind me, but I definitely appreciate the support I received from my family, Ken and our TCM family. I'll never forget that.

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