While most metalheads are loath to admit it, the correlation between EDM and heavy metal is often closer than you think.
While being two completely contrasting styles of music, metal and EDM follow similar trajectories sonically in certain aspects, as evident by the amount of collaborations between the genres over the years.
One of the main protagonists in this field is The Crystal Method – these days largely the baby of Scott Kirkland – who have released songs with artists such as Filter, John Garcia (Kyuss), Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots).
Now, for the first time since performing at 2007’s Big Day Out, The Crystal Method are poised to return to Australia for a run of dates starting in Sydney on December 9.
Kirkland sat down with HEAVY earlier this week to discuss the tour and how EDM and metal make unlikely bedfellows.
“Definitely a lot of pent-up energy will be released,” he smiled when asked what we should expect. “I’ve been looking forward to this tour – I think we initially had this one booked for June of 2020, and of course we all know what happened from that point on – and then it continued to happen. We kept pushing it, and pushing it, so I’m just so excited to finally be able to come back out there and hang out with the kind people of Australia. It’s the perfect timing for everybody to get back out and have a good time, and I’ve got a lot of pent-up energy that I’m ready to exercise. I’m looking forward to performing and seeing the beautiful country.”
In the full interview, Scotty talks more about what we can expect from the shows, the mixing of metal and EDM and how he makes it work, how the genres co-exist in the music world, his collaborations with the above-mentioned artists and how they came about, having Iggy Pop on his latest album and more.