MF: How did you come up with your name?
The Crystal Method: We came up with our name along time ago while we were working with a rapper. This is when we were first starting out, and were not sure if we wanted to be producers, or a band ourselves. Anyway, there was this girl I had a crush on named Crystal. This girl Crystal used to give us rides a lot of places. Scott, the rapper and I were in the studio trying to wrap up everything. And, we were supposed to meet up at a club somewhere that night, and the rapper asked us how we were going to get to the club, and then he said, "Oh, I know the Crystal Method." So, we said, "Oh Wow, that's it."
MF: Has your name lead to any controversy being that it is the name of a drug?
TCM: When we first got our record deal we thought about changing it. We thought, "Wow, what if Wal-Mart won't sell our music in their store." But, actually Wal-Mart did sell our music. When we tried to change our name our record company and publishing company were like, "No, don't change your name."
MF: How did the band form?
TCM: We were both living in Las Vegas and sort of started working on electronic music individually and didn't know each other. I was going to UNLV and we both had the same part time job at a big store. Well one day Scott walked in the store with this big drum machine and I was like, "Who's this guy with a drum machine?" We struck up a friendship, combined our music equipment, and have been working on music together ever since.
MF: The Drive album seems really interesting? What was it like putting it all together? It is really cool how the tempo starts off slow, and then increases to slow back down, like a regular work out.
TCM: It was made for a 45 minute run. We got together with the Nike people and sort of planned it all out. They approached us because a lot of people told them they like running and working out to our music. It was similar to the way we make mix CDs, but this was all us, normally when we make a mix CD we include other people's music. It was all The Crystal Method music and a little more rewarding that way. The CD gets you worked up and energized. I had a friend who is a runner test it out along the way. He really liked it. We also had a bunch of runners test it. Yes, we were researching it along the way.
MF: Would you ever consider doing a dance album with Nike?
TCM: It was fun working with them. I think we will probably just continue to make our own records for ourselves unless it's a soundtrack for a movie, which is something we have done before.
MF: I heard the group received a Grammy nomination for the "Best Electronic/Dance Album" for the Legion of Boom album. That's really cool.
TCM: Yes, that was our first nomination and the first time the Grammys had a category for an electronica album. We happened to be nominated the first year the award was given out.
MF: If you were able to make music with any other artist who would it be?
TCM: We would like to do a record with Bill Withers and we have always loved to work with Stevie Wonder. Of all the people living we would really like to work with them.
MF: You guys have been out for about ten years or so, have you seen any big change in music I assume with all the new technologies, ring tones...
TCM: Yes, over the years we have become more involved with the internet, and our website thecrystalmethod.com, myspace, and things like that. We are much more involved with itunes and legal download sites. Technology in the studio has changed a lot and things are less expensive, and overall for the most part, better. We still use a lot of the old analog equipment as well for that sound. Even though the technology has changed a lot... making a record is still being done the same way. Technology doesn't really help that much as far as the creative process.
MF: Do you consider yourself an athlete?
TCM: I play ice hockey four times a week. And, coming from Las Vegas I didn't play it when I was growing up. All the people I play with now have been playing since they were three or four years old, I started playing in my late twenties. I learn quick and I play a lot. It's a lot of fun. I also have a gym and a trainer right down the street from me so I go like once or twice a week, but mainly I'm playing ice hockey.
MF: Have you had any insane stalker moments?
TCM: My partner Scott had a weird situation. It was a sort of morbid weird stalker thing. A girl from the Midwest really pursued him to go to free shows and get things autographed, but her whole angle was that she was dying, or would be dying shortly. He really fell for it... got her into shows and she has been dying now for about 8 years. She still seems the same. I think that was the strangest.
MF: Yes, that is strange. But, that is a great story! Thanks Ken!