Q1) When and how did you first find Joy Electric?
What did you first think of it? Well I've got to give credit to my superawesome friend Jacob for that. Before he introduced me to their music back in 7th grade I had never heard of them. He let me borrow a few cd's and I was just like, "Wow..." Unbelievable. I've been a fan ever since.
Q2) Previous to JoyE, what did you listen to?
I can't imagine it was anything good, considering my age at the time, yeah it was probably terrible... I don't quite remember exactly what I was into back then but I'm sure that even if I did I wouldn't admit it! =p
Q3) How has JoyE influenced your musical tastes?
Greatly. They were the first electro band I ever really got into (or listened to for that matter). And their influence shows itself now, as I am completely consumed and enthralled with many forms of electronic music today, including variables of trance, synthpop, house, industrial, breakbeat, drumnbass, and endless other sub-genres of electronic music. Who knows what I would be listening to these days if it weren't for Joy Electric!
Q4) How has JoyE influenced your life?
Their music is so happy. It can always pick me up on a bad day, as well as the fact that listening to them always brings back some memories and just makes me happy in general.
Q5) Which JoyE albums do you own?
Melody, Five Stars For Failure, We Are The Music Makers, Old Wives Tales, Robot Rock, The Land Of Misfits, Children Of The Lord maxi single
Q6) In your opinion, what is the best JoyE album, and why?
Oh my...such a tough question! I think I'm gonna have to go with Robot Rock, though. I have many memories associated with that one, listening to it never fails me. Oh yes, and....Monosynth!! Need I say more?
Q7) In your opinion, what is the best JoyE song, and why?
Ok, this question is even harder! This is the ultimate hardest question!! It would be an impossibility for me to choose only one favorite, and since you haven't strictly forbidden listing more than one, I will do so =) Here goes.. I'm gonna have to be traditional and say "Burgundy Years" for one. That song will never get old, and if I recall correctly it was the first JoyE song that I ever heard! "May All Saints" for another. WATM is such a great cd, and I love this song! Moving on, "The Girl From Rosewood Lane." I love the lyrics and it's such a timeless song. Finally, just about any and every song on Robot Rock cannot be left out on my list of favorites, but, I will narrow it down to "Sugar Rush," reminds me of fun times, "Monosynth," ok, hi, who can't list this as a favorite? "Forever Is A Place," yes, it certainly is, "Strawberry Heart," memories.. "Robot Beat,".. ok so I can't narrow it down as much as I thought I could, but they're just all so good.
Q8) Have you seen Ronnie perform live? What did you think of the show?
Yes! Multiple times! The show was always absolutely amazing, Ronnie and Jeff looked so cool and they rocked everybody's socks off! One of my favorite shows was one in this theatre type place, they were playing at a festival called A Boy, A Girl, And Some Rayguns (back in oh, 7th grade I believe). If you came dressed as an alien you got like half off the admission price. So of course we got all geared up in shiny stuffs and drenched ourselves with glitter, fully equipped with rayguns and all. It was a blast. We got to chill with Ronnie and Jeff, and they had dressed up dancers come out and throw candy and stuff when they played "Sugar Rush." Behind the band was a huge screen playing old black and white robot movie scenes and other groovy visuals. I brought a video camera but unfortunately the battery died after about 2 minutes. But it was completely awesome. I've got pictures. =D
Q9) Have you ever talked to Ronnie before? What did you think of him?
I have on several occasions, and he really is a nice guy. I'm not just saying that either, he was very super cool about everything.
Q10) Tell me your favorite Ronnie anecdote
Hmm...does this count?... It was the first JoyE show I'd been to, everyone was super excited, and we wanted to take some pictures. We wanted to get a few of Ronnie and Jeff but didn't really want to bother them as they were taking a break and selling things. We snuck up behind this wooden wall and jumped out quickly to get a secret candid Ronnie snapshot, then ran away. We later got the courage to approach them and politely ask for a picture. Of course they were more than happy to do so. Like I said, they're nice guys.
Q11) What makes JoyE such a great band, to you?
Well, for one, they have the extraordinary ability of creating happy music that doesn't.....urm...suck (for extreme lack of better wording), their musical style is quite versatile. They can reinvent themselves without selling out or losing any of the integral parts of what make them an awesome band. Pure genious. And they lack nothing when it comes to originality. I've been in love with their music for so long, I could never grow tired of listening to them. It always cheers me up. I'm so in love with the beats and bleeps and beeps...definite dancefloor destroyers.
Q12) What kind of music do you listen to, besides JoyE?
EBM, Industrial, Ind. Dance, Hard House, Synthpop, Electro, Trance, Breaks, DnB, many forms of Techno, Metal, some harder Rock, anything abstract and strange, anything with an undeniable eye-gouging beat