Moderator -- Welcome to the Crystal Method and Orbital chat!
UBL Moderator -- We have Ken in the chat room right now.
Paul from Orbital will be here in a few minutes.
UBL Moderator -- How do you keep up with 15 gigs in 17
days in 15 cities? And is San Fran really your favorite place
UBL Artist -- Ken: Um...in the past we've actually done
tours where there's no day off, where the tour might have a day
off here or there and we'd book ourselves individually in other
cities and fill up those days off.
UBL Artist -- Ken: It's not nearing as grueling for the band
members as it is the crew. They are up earlier and later than
the bands every night.
UBL Moderator -- Paul from Orbital is now in the chat room!
UBL Moderator -- Have you guys ever experienced anything
UBL Artist -- Paul: Yes, we have. My parents used to run
a pub in England that was a 16th century pub and I met some ghosts
one night. There were two small medievel children
UBL Moderator -- i just wanted to ask you,do you ever get
scared when you are on stage in front of over 1,000 people or
more? you guys rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UBL Artist -- Ken: THank you. I have sort of purposely stayed
out of bands for as long as I could because of my fear of being
on stage. I carefully did that by getting into production and
engineering and programming, but with this damn, crazy techno
rave music, next thing I know, I was in a band. The very first
show we played, my hands were visibly shaking on stage.
UBL Moderator -- orbital- Isaw you at woodstock and was impressed
with the video screen/propaganda boards you used. The images were
startaling and i was rivited. Where do get your images how hard
are they to put together? and will you be using them in Tulsa
UBL Artist -- Paul: Yes we are going to be using them in Tulsa.
The images are all created by Giles Thacker. He's been doing that
ever since we started and he's still with us now.
UBL Moderator -- Hi I saw the concert in Rochester NY. You
all were good. My question is do you ever want to go out into
the audience and just stop what your doing and just dance with
them? love you guys
UBL Artist -- Ken: Um...my partner Scott has pretty regularly
has gone out into the audience while still playing on this tour,
but yes I'd love to.
UBL Moderator -- This goes out to P & P of orbital. I went
to the Cleveland show and of course, I was blown away. My question
concerns your set list. Does it change much, and if so does it
come down to dropping new samples or mixing up the order of the
UBL Artist -- Paul: We keep the same set list on every tour.
But the tracks do develop and change as we go along.
UBL Artist -- Ken: Orbital is one of the most versitle live
acts. They can change their whole set at anytime and it's amazing.
UBL Moderator -- To the CRYSTAL METHOD... Your new album,
which is hopefully due out soon, is one of the most awaited electronica
albums ever. What do you think of the final project and do you
feel that you have expanded away from the bass filled breakbeat
style found on Vegas or kept close to it? By the way, the PITTSBURGH
show ROCKED! Keep it up! Benjamin Maljevec
UBL Artist -- Ken: Thank you! I think the new album will definitely
expand and build on the previous, but at the same time it will
still sound like The Crystal Method. It will be unrecognizable.
UBL Moderator -- orbital you seemed happy with the show in
philadelphia fromw what i saw, which city did you think was your
UBL Artist -- Paul: That would be like picking one of your
children. New York was good, New York was punk rock.
UBL Moderator -- Ken, what do you think about The Chemical
UBL Artist -- Ken: Our very first live show we ever did, January
1995 we opened for the famous Dust Brothers, soon to be retitled
The Chemical Brothers and we like them. We like their records
and we get along with them personally, but I think it's always
an easy comparison for the print writers to compare the two of
us and it goes with the territory.
UBL Moderator -- Paul ... what annoys you about the music
business and what would you change? - Steve Price (RISE!) :)
UBL Artist -- Paul: Well...Steve you should know better!
UBL Artist -- Ken: The people that run the record companies sometimes
unfortunately are business men, but the nature of this business
is artists and artists aren't really concerned with the business,
they only get screwed by it.
UBL Moderator -- for ken: how many new songs are you incorporating
into your live show on this tour
UBL Artist -- Ken: There's at least three things in the set
that we don't think anyone's heard before and we're trying to
work in two new brand new ones that definitely will be on the
album. But it changes night to night.
UBL Moderator -- orbital i was in a discussion board and people
were saying they read in and interview that you werent happy with
middle of nowhere, somehow i dont believe, can you put light to
UBL Artist -- Paul: It's a lie!!! I never said that! I wasn't
happy with the record companies behavior with the way they released
"Middle of Nowhere", but I was definitely happy with the album.
UBL Moderator -- CM or O...any advice for those just starting
out in the live performance/production of techno?
UBL Artist -- Ken: Yes...don't play your dat. Try to simply
just focus on the fact that it's supposed to be a LIVE performance
and that should keep you on the right path. Don't just bring your
mix on stage and don't just bring your studio on stage.
UBL Artist -- Paul: Don't sit there and try to recreate what
you've done in the studio.
UBL Artist -- Ken: Bands like Orbital and The Crystal Method
make our records all by ourselves. We have and own and have created
all of the sounds that make up our recordings, so um...there is
sort of this thing that we're always deciding on, I don't know
about Paul, but it's not like we've hired a drummer to make our
drum sounds, it would obviously sound live, but since we actually
do have the orginial samples and the original programs and patterns
UBL Moderator -- Paul, what do you think of the Spanish Festivals?
UBL Artist -- Paul: The Spanish festivals...I've enjoyed all
the gigs that we've done in Spain this year.
UBL Moderator -- Paul - How does your fan base in the UK compare
to the US in numbers? How bout enthusiasm? -Rich
UBL Artist -- Paul: I find that the gigs in the UK and the
gigs in the US are fairly similar. You get towns where you get
more people in place and less people in places. There a more glow
sticks in the US...there are no glue sticks in the UK.
UBL Artist -- Ken: Paul...one of my favorite things in
the States is playing smaller towns for the first time on a week
night. Do you get that same rush?
UBL Artist -- Paul: Oh yeah, I think it's great. One of
those times for me was when we played in the Grand Rapids in a
small bar on a Sunday night. It was fantastic!
UBL Moderator -- cm--I like what you did w/ trip hop on VEGAS,
like high roller & the B side Keep trip hop alive..do you prefer
dooin the slower trip hop or your hard breaks?
UBL Artist -- Ken: Um...when we released our very first
single in the middle of '94, the A-side was an "Now's the Time"
track and the B-side was a track called "Doublicious Groove".
Scott and I have always been fans of Public Enemy and all kinds
of hip-hop, but we've always tried to have a slower tempoed track
on all of our singles. We've never tried to be trip-hop or break-beat,
we just make music that sounds good to us. We don't try to make
any specific genre of
UBL Moderator -- orbital and/or the crystal method-if for
some strange reason you had a totally dead crowd out there (maybe
they took a left at alberquerque and went to the wrong concert)
what song would you say would light the crowd up, every time
UBL Artist -- Paul: Umm...I don't know. If it's a completely
dead crowd, none of it would work, would it? Halcyon or Satan
UBL Moderator -- to the crystal method how did you get
UBL Artist -- Ken: A girl named Crystal in Vegas used to give
Scott and I rides when we didn't have a car. We were working with
a rapper who was asking us how we were getting to a club, and
he said "oh, the Crystal methd" and at the time we needed a band
name. We heard the drug reference and thought "golden", although
we're still surprised that our records sell at Wal-Mart.
UBL Moderator -- ORBITAL - What are your plans for the
turn of the century ?
UBL Artist -- Paul: I am going to go to bed early. I am
so fed up with the year 2000, that I'm bored with the year 3000
UBL Moderator -- this question is for Crystal Method and
Orbital. How do you guys like touring with Lo Fidelity Allstars?
What is your opinion of their music and how they go about their
style. I was just at the Electric Factory show and you guys totally
UBL Artist -- Paul: I think they're a fantastic start to
the evening. When I watched them from the crowd, which is quite
often, I find their like a headlining act....hard and funky all
at the same time.
UBL Moderator: Paul what's your favorite drink that you've
discovered on this tour?
UBL Artist -- Paul: The flaming Dr. Pepper.
UBL Moderator -- ken, Where's Scott Kirkland right now?
UBL Artist -- Ken: Scott is fixing one of our blown up
UBL Moderator -- Ken has to go now....
UBL Artist -- Ken: This tour has been fantastic! When we
started to think about this tour, we thought we could never get
a top British act to play a summer tour because they can make
so much money on the festival circut in Europe, so when we heard
that Orbital was on this tour, we were super-pysched.
UBL Moderator -- ken has to go on stage. He says goodbye
to you all!
UBL Moderator -- paul what are your favorite electronic
bands or other influential artists???
UBL Artist -- Paul: That changes all the time really. At
the moment, I am in a sort of Scott Walker and Divine Comedy phase,
with a bit of Danny Elfman thrown in. But from an electronic area,
I've been listeing to Plaid and Andrea Parker.
UBL Moderator -- orbital--which record are you most proud
UBL Artist -- Paul: Umm...none in particular, but I'm happy
with "Chime" because of the way that it turned out.
UBL Moderator -- Orbital: Who is Pooka and does she have
any of her own albums?
UBL Artist -- Paul: It's two people..two girls. They have
various albums in which I can't remember the names.
UBL Moderator -- paul-How do you feel about Underworld,
do you compete with them much in the uK? -tripwire
UBL Artist -- Paul: No, we've known each other for years,
UBL Moderator -- Paul, who does Orbital's marketing?
UBL Artist -- Paul: That would be London Records.
UBL Moderator -- Orbital - what music do you listen to on
UBL Artist -- Paul: Um...Scott Walker. Danielle Dax. And
not much else because I lost all of my CD's on the tour. And Negative
Land as well.
UBL Moderator -- paul, are you the one that likes to dance
all over the stage? i loved watching you get groovy whilst spinnin'
the tunes. are you always so energetic, or is it just the music?
UBL Artist -- Paul: Um...I am not the one who jumps around
all over the stage and I sometimes wish that Phil wouldn't jump
around because he wobbles all the bits that I'm trying to push
UBL Moderator -- Paul, what does Pete Tong have to do with
UBL Artist -- Paul: He's our A&R manager in the UK. He's the
person that signed us to FFRR.
UBL Moderator -- are you into the industrial scene at all
(nin, pitchshifter) because i don't know you people reminded me
of that. by the way the show in philly was the most awesome show
i have ever seen!!
UBL Artist -- Paul: I used to be into the industrial scene
around the late '80's, but I've been away from it for a number
UBL Moderator -- to Orbital: can I find a recording of
the Dr. Who theme you performed as an encore in Philadelphia,
it was great!
UBL Artist -- Paul: Only if somebody boot-legged it.
UBL Moderator -- Paul, what is that voice at the end of
UBL Artist -- Paul: Voice at the end of the box is a crafty
UBL Moderator -- Orbital - do you care about the mp3 scene
and the hell it is raising in the music business, or do you think
it will be something that blows over.
UBL Artist -- Paul: Um..I think anything that raises hell
in the music industry is a good thing.
UBL Moderator -- paul, would you ever perform without pants
UBL Artist -- Paul: I did the other night! I can't remember
where it was, but it was so hot. If you mean pants in an English
sense, but in an American sense, no way.
UBL Moderator -- Orbital: Do you plan on releasing a music
video collection or live video?
UBL Artist -- Paul: No. Not yet.
UBL Moderator -- Paul has to go....he says GOOD BYE to
UBL Moderator -- Thanks to everyone who sent in such great