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Do you have a favorite track from “Cave Rave”? If so, what is it and why?

I don’t think that there is a favorite track, but I do like a few of the slower ones because we don’t really have any slow songs on the first album except for “At Home” which isn’t that slow. So, “Bridge of Bones” and “Everywhere”. I look forward to incorporating them into the live sets.

I was able to see you play this summer and it was out of this world. Would you consider your live show as an important part of the “Crystal Fighters experience”?

100%. I mean, the band started as only playing live shows. We played a lot of them in the first few years and developed our sound, and also [an] understanding of performance. The experience you will have coming to see us play is a lot different than the experience you will have listening to the album. It’s a real privilege for us to be able to go out and tour the world and play our songs for people. We don’t take that for granted. Every show we play might be our last, so we treat it like that and I think it’s important to keep that mindset if you’re given this amazing opportunity.

One of my favorite tracks from “Cave Rave” is “LA Calling”. What is the message behind this song?

“LA Calling” is about somebody who lives a hectic lifestyle and isn’t at home as much as other people. But no matter what, no matter where they are, they are thinking of the one they love and nothing can change that, no matter how crazy their world can be. It’s also a shout out to LA because we recorded our album [there], gotta respect.

How exactly did the band come together?

The band came together in 2007. I met Gilbert in Scotland through a mutual friend. I was making some music at the time and he was interested and wanted me to meet Bast. I was about to move back to America at the time, but then decided to move to London on a whim, moved in with Gilbert, met Bast, and then stuff came up shortly after and we just started doing it.

Do you have any current favorite bands?

Yeah, Hearts of Beatrice--they’re amazing and they’re about to release their first album. It’s one of the best albums I’ve probably ever heard. Mount Kimby--they’re amazing extreme progressive electronic music. I love minimal techno, and stuff like Ricardo Villalobos will always have a place in my heart. Also, people [who] are still just killing it like Prince. He is by far my favorite band, dude, ever.

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ROADTRIP, Issue 5, Atwood Magazine  

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ROADTRIP, Issue 5, Atwood Magazine  

atwood magazine is an arts/fashion/music/literary/interview publication that seeks out new talent and fresh voices, giving its readers a uni...