Audio Artist Spotlight: The Crystal Method, Kidnap Kid and Carl Craig

This weekend, we have a triple threat of headliners coming to Audio featuring some of the most well-known artists in the electronic music world. We’re extremely excited to host the famed duo The Crystal Method on Thursday, October 12th, followed by Kidnap Kid on Friday, October 13th and Carl Craig closing out the weekend on Saturday, October 14th.

With so much top-tier music happening at the venue this weekend, let’s dig into their sound.

Thursday, October 12th: The Crystal Method

The Crystal Method – a duo consisting of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland – was founded in 1993 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since that point in time, they have since become one of the most well-known names in the electronic music industry for their forward-thinking productions and leadership in the breakbeat genre.

The Crystal Method has an eclectic history with their music production, as they’ve released music for TV shows, films, video games and advertisements. A few notable releases include a track on the Mortal Kombat: More Kombat soundtrack titled “Come2gether” and the original theme for the TV show Bones.

TCM’s debut studio album Vegas was released in 1997 on Outpost. It reached #92 on the Billboard 200 and later went platinum in 2007. The album is a truly iconic representation of the evolution of the electronic music world and its classic sound.

Friday, October 13th: Kidnap Kid

Fun fact: London-based producer and DJ Matt Relton – better known by his artist name Kidnap Kid – didn’t quite come from a musical background as a young adult. He actually graduated from University of Leeds with a degree in politics and crime.

Ever since then, however, Relton has made a name for himself in the electronic music world, starting with his track “Vehl” in 2012. “Vehl” was awarded “Best Electronic Song of 2012” by iTunes US, and is a beautiful representation of Relton’s early music making days.

Kidnap Kid’s sets are always a well-curated, extremely satisfying journey through the perfect combination of beats with a hint of melody. He balances between deep house and techno for a uniquely captivating sound that is hard not to love.

Relton took a step further into the industry beyond just production in 2016 when he started his own record label, Birds That Fly. He currently releases on this label alongside other artists including Jynx and Applebottom.

 

Saturday, October 14th: Carl Craig

Carl Craig is a man of many talents. The Detroit-based artist is most significantly tied to the growth of the house and techno genres from the city, constantly propelling the genres forward to new heights.

Craig’s sound is artistically touching, produced as a result of a diverse library of inspiration from genres like soul and jazz. He has been creating music since the early 1990s and has done so under a number of aliases, including 69, Innerzone Orchestra, Designer Music and Psyche.

Craig also runs his own label titled Planet E Communications, which has released tracks from some of the most significant artists in house and techno including Moodyman and Kevin Saunderson.