Glendale isn't normally considered the center of modern electronic music, but for one of the genre's legendary acts, the Crystal Method, the area has been home for nearly two decades.
When Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan, two Vegas-based DJs, moved to Los Angeles in the early '90s to be central to the thriving rave scene, they rented a house in La Crescenta that housed an abandoned bomb shelter on its front lawn. In honor of the Cold War relic, the duo built their first studio on the property, which they dubbed the Bomb Shelter.
“It was right on the 210 Freeway. You could stay up all night and play music. Nothing was louder than an 18-wheeler driving past at 2 a.m.,” says Kirkland. “No air conditioning, a makeshift dry wall, no natural light. You could be working on this big beefy track, walk out in the morning to this very suburban, family-oriented neighborhood with kids playing and neighbors walking their dogs. It was the most ridiculous thing, but we made three albums there.”