the crystal method
Heralded by the Village Voice as “one of the best live dance acts on Earth,” THE CRYSTAL METHOD—Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland—have been known for two decades for their enduring dance floor anthems (“Now Is The Time,” “Keep Hope Alive”), airwave smashes (“Trip Like I Do”) and a willingness to collaborate with an array of talent–-including rock’s elite like Scott Weiland, Matisyahu, New Order’s Peter Hook, Emily Haines of Metric and Filter’s Richard Patrick. The duo has dominated the remix, film soundtrack, television, gaming and advertising worlds, most recently helping Victoria’s Secret drop jaws with music for a TV commercial campaign and collaborating with soundtrack heavyweight Danny Elfman for several contributions to Hollywood blockbuster Real Steel. Their platinum-status debut album Vegas (released in 1997) is one of the biggest-selling electronic albums of all time, landing them in the top five of best-selling electronic acts in America. They scored the film London and TV show “Almost Human,” as well as the themes for “Bones” and “Third Watch,” and were the first act to work with Nike for their running soundtrack series. THE CRYSTAL METHOD were featured in RE:GENERATION, a documentary film directed by Amir Bar Lev (My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story) and produced in association with The Grammys that looks at the history, songwriting and studio process of different musical genres through the eyes of five of the most influential electronic producers/DJs in music today including Mark Ronson, DJ Premier, THE CRYSTAL METHOD, Pretty Lights and Skrillex. In the film, THE CRYSTAL METHOD team with Detroit Motown legends Martha Reeves of the Vandellas and The Funk Brothers to create the R&B horn sassy and down-bass “I’m Not Leaving.” Their Grammy-nominated album Divided By Night, was released in 2009 and their most recent album, the self-titled The Crystal Method, was released in Januaray and debuted at #1 on itunes Electronic Album Chart.
Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old. He grew up playing classical music but after college became a fixture in the late 80's new york house and hip-hop scenes. He released his first single, 'go' in 1991 (listed as one of rolling stones best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. his own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he's also produced and remixed scores of other artists.
Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the humane society, mercy for animals, and the institute for music and neurologic function, and in 2007 he launched 'mobygratis', which provides free music for independent film makers. He owns and runs Little Pine, an organic vegan restaurant in Silver Lake. 100% of Little Pine's proceeds go to animal welfare organizations.
Tim Armstrong is a Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, artist, director, poet, record producer and independent label owner. During the 1980s he served in several hardcore and ska punk bands, most notably the band Operation Ivy. In 1991, he formed the seminal punk rock band Rancid, which is credited with the mainstream revival of punk rock in the mid-1990s, and is one the most commercially successful and respected punk bands of all time.
One of the most prominent players in the electronic music scene since its early days in the UK, Phil Hartnoll needs no introduction. As one half of the world renowned duo Orbital, Phil has helped to produce some of the most groundbreaking works in the history of electronic music. Additionally, he has established himself as a prominent solo DJ through his extensive playing over the past 10 years.
Phil’s passion for performing as an individual DJ as well as for playing live with Orbital has served to broaden his musical scope and reach, allowing him to share his wealth of talent through multiple channels. As a DJ, he draws much inspiration from music that other producers are making, and loves searching through tunes in order to find that perfect juicy track. Phil’s DJ sets are streamlined while still maintaining unpredictability and eclecticism. While he loves to mix it up, playing old tracks and new, the message it always the same – it’s party time.
Due to his parallel roles as a solo DJ and as half of Orbital, Phil’s DJ gigs must often coincide with live performances, and are therefore exclusive and esteemed. These performances are in high demand wherever he goes, as his reputation as a solo artist has grown to match that of his live Orbital performances. Phil’s DJ gigs this year include noteworthy locations such as Ministry of Sound London, Ibiza, Madrid, Valencia, and a few shows in Asia alongside the likes of Mark Knight, Basement Jaxx, Cristian Valera, and Marco Bailey. In the past, Phil has taken his DJ set all over the world frequenting seminal London clubs as The End, Turnmills and Fabric.
NICO & Touch
Longtime friends Nick Sykes (Nico) and Steven Grenville (Touch) have known each other since the mid 90's whilst working together at No U Turn studios in Acton, West London.
As a dj, Touch plays drum & bass. As a producer, Nico is known for drum and bass.
Touch has collaborated with plenty of drum and bass artists. Everyone knows Touch.
Nico has collaborated with many dj's to create some of the scenes defining sounds.
The now known genre names Techstep & Neurofunk were first used by Nico at No U Turn as descriptions for the styles of drum and bass that were being produced at the studios.
Nico grew up in Barnes, London SW13. Touch grew up in Stonebridge, London NW10.
At an average age of 42, the duo have experienced the drum and bass journey from the outset.
Nico & Touch like to experiment with music creation and are willing to try out different approaches when exploring drum and bass.
Nico: "If we actually needed more equipment for a session we'd just go some place where they have that."
Touch: "The last few tracks we did in my laptop at a kitchen table."
For over 20 years Touch has played on various pirate radio stations & clubs around London and abroad.
From the mid 80's Nico spent 4 years working as a trainee engineer at the Marquee and Powerplant recording studios. Nico assisted Sade, Fine Young Cannibals, Terrence Trent D'arby, Saxon, Divine, Matt Bianco, Status Quo, The Bhundu Boys, Colin Hay, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Winwood, Sly & Robbie, D-Mob, Nick Lowe and many more.
Since 1991, Nico has written, produced and recorded music with many dj/artists, often releasing on his own labels No U Turn, Nu Black & Saigon. Massive encouragement to anyone wanting to make music, play music or get into the world of music more, was Nico's ethic during this these times, the 90's.
Nico: "Once total recall on an affordable laptop arrived, in my case around 2000, I lost all interest in being 'stuck' in a studio. Suddenly, free to create anywhere but the studio felt new, exciting and really different. For me though total recall came with a downside. It became harder to finish anything. The technology giveth and it taketh away."
Both Nico & Touch have enjoyed their music being played on radio stations worldwide where dubs and official releases the two have produced feature in dj mixes.
Optical, Ed Rush, Ryme Tyme, Fierce, Bailey, Fresh, Paul Roast, Break, Mikal, D Bridge, Nicky Blackmarket, Trace, Dom & Roland, Swift, Andy C, Die, Krust, Boymerang, Grooverider & Goldie are just a few of the people that Nico & Touch have worked with or had their music played by.
The chance to remix the Automatic track was an opportunity for the duo to produce at a different tempo to their usual range.
Nico & Touch are published by NKS/Westbury Music
Nico & Touch are distributed by SRD
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SSI or Sonic Solutions Inc is brothers John and Will Goff. Started 11 years ago, the duo have produced 3 full length ambient albums and are currently gearing up for their 4th. The music is slow moving with little or no regards for formal composition. The songs or tracks do not resolve and the repetitive structure of formalized music is disregarded; all of the compositions are improvised with no rehearsals – the music can be focused on or put on as background music; enough changes happen to engage the listener but the sounds and ideas are subdued.
All of the album titles reference the Iraq war and are titled in Latin; what goes around comes around. We are doomed to repeat our forefather’s mistakes…. The 4th record, “Resurrectionem ex mortuis” or “Back from the Dead”, will be coming out in the fall.
DJ Z-Trip is a musical pioneer and revolutionary, seamlessly blending genres to electrify dance floors around the globe. He's also a producer and in game video character for Activision's DJ hero, alongside Daft Punk, Tiesto, Grandmaster Flash and Deadmau5.
As a DJ, artist and producer he continues to push boundaries; producing original work for Public Enemy, LL Cool J and remixes for Bob Marley, Talib Kweli, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Kasabian, DJ Shadow, Missy Elliot, and many others. His sold out shows have included: Coachella, Electric Daisy, Big Day Out, and Bonnarroo. He also has an exclusive mixer line with Rane, The Sixty-Two Z Mixer.
All of Ravi Zupa’s images are drawn and painted by his hand. He considers books the best way to experience art and has spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history and originate from nearly all geographical regions. Being entirely self-taught, he looks for inspiration in works by German Renaissance print makers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists, Mughal paintings, religious iconography from Europe, Asia and Pre-Columbian Latin America, and revolutionary propaganda the world over. With a distaste for ironic art or the thoughtless appropriation of culture, he integrates seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal.