HTG Events, Vizion1, Gilt, & PMD will be hosting Crystal Method & DJ Icey in Orlando on Sept 17th 2016 at Gilt! Follow the link for event and ticketing information.
L.A.’s Crystal Method were referred to as America’s answer to the Chemical Brothers. A dance-based electronic duo with a definite rock band feel, the comparison seemed appropriate, although it tended to erase what made the group distinct: a solid base in American hip-hop, rock, soul, and pop. Formed in 1993 by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, Crystal Method was the longest-running stop in a string of projects that led them from their native Las Vegas (and some forgettable four-track stabs at vocal house music), to the early-’90s L.A. rave scene. Drawn in by its youthful idealism, Jordan and Kirklandbecame absorbed by L.A.’s underground club culture and began knocking out tracks inspired by their experiences. On the strength of one of their demos, Crystal Method signed to Steve Melrose andJustin King‘s City of Angels imprint in 1994, and their debut single, “Keep Hope Alive,” appeared soon after. The title was in reference to L.A.’s waning rave scene (burdened by constant police pressure and a string of random violent incidents) and became something of an anthem due to the endless barrage of remixes and alternate versions that appeared.
The pair’s demand to be taken seriously as a band (as opposed to the enforced anonymity of most techno acts, and something of a new concept for American dance producers) extended to incessant live performances, and Crystal Method‘s increasing popularity both in the clubs and among radio jocks led to a deal with Geffen affiliate Outpost Recordings in 1996. The group’s debut LP, Vegas — an unabashed party record bathed in acid, funk, rock, and big beat hip-hop — appeared in mid-1997 and sold very well. The follow-up Tweekend was released four years later, and the duo inaugurated a series of mix albums, titled Community Service, in 2002. Third album Legion of Boom followed in 2004, and their soundtrack to the filmLondon landed a year later. In 2006 released Drive. The mix was made to accompany any aspiring athlete’s workout session and was re-released on CD in 2008 with four bonus tracks. In 2009, they released Divided by Night, the first album to be recorded at the duo’s state-of-the-art recording studio, Crystalwerks. A self-titled, fan-funded album — one that embraced their role in the development of EDM — arrived in 2014.
DJ Icey‘s breakbeat funk helped jump-start the increasingly fertile dance scene in and around Orlando, FL, during the ’90s. Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Icey first got into music via early-’80s synth pop, industrial, and hip-hop. The boom in club music during the late ’80s hooked him as well, and when he began DJing early in the ’90s, he usually played out acid house and funky breaks. He gained a residency at The Edge, one of Orlando’s seminal clubs, and soon began playing farther afield thanks to the burgeoning U.S. dance underground. (The club later went under, though not before hosting the Chemical Brothers‘ first American appearance, an invite extended by Icey himself.) When British DJ and longtime A&R kingpin Pete Tong heard an early single produced for Icey‘s own Zone Records in 1996, he signed the big-beat precursor Galaxy Breaks to his ffrr label. Even while spinning in several cities per week, DJ Iceymanaged to produce a good dozen singles per year for Zone, usually out of his studio in Orlando. His first major mix set, 1997’s The Funky Breaks, was followed one year later by his full-length production debut Generate. Following in the footsteps of notable DJs from Tong to Fatboy Slim, DJ Icey released a volume in the Essential Mix series in 2000. Three years later, DJ Icey returned with his slickest breakbeat effort to date. Different Day appeared on System in March 2003.
18+ to party, 21+ to drink
UCF Party Bus Pick Up Times & Locations:
$10 includes round trip ride + reduced cover!
Habaneros Mexican Restaurant – 10:30pm (Behind Knight’s Pub)
You must call/text and RSVP or you will have to pay extra at the bus!
Oscar – 239.284.9141