Q1) When and how did you first find Joy Electric?
Umm, well, my dad had this sampler okay? And the sampler had "Keep Him in Your thoughts" so i was like 5 or 6 at the time. i really liked it, i remember that part. But the sampler got lost and until 2000 i had forgoten Joy E.
Q2) Previous to JoyE, what did you listen to?
the first joy electric song i heard was monosynth that was on a bec sampler sometime around the time robot rock was released. i've read about the band a few weeks before when they were interviewed by 7ball magazine and that's what got me interested, because i was always interested in synthesizers but thought they died with the seventies.
Q3) How has JoyE influenced your musical tastes?
well, i can't say honestly. i'm sure i'd listen to all the same bands, i think i wouldn't have a favorite band cause joyelectric is one in a million bands that you find and think 'wow, i love this band'.
Q4) How has JoyE influenced your life?
i guess i can say that it kept me in touch with my childhood. i use to go to church and got into the ccm bands and thought they were the second best thing (first being secular music), that was how i grew up. when i got older i strayed way off but still listened to joyelectric. one weekend i listened to christian songs and one of the songs made my mom cry and that suprised me. i realised that i was happier going to church and that it made my family happy so i've started going back.
Q5) Which JoyE albums do you own?
melody, five stars for failure ep, we are the music makers (cd and on vinyl), old wives tales ep, robot rock, the land of misfits ep, children of the lord maxi-single, christiansongs, unelectric, legacy: volume one, starcadia, and the art and craft of popular music. i also have the earlier dance house children releases.
Q6) In your opinion, what is the best JoyE album, and why?
I really like The christiansongs. the lyrics are really out there and in perfect time and beat. it's really solid, the words and sound work in unison. the music has a strong song structure and when it comes together it's timeless.
Q7) In your opinion, what is the best JoyE song, and why?
there's just too many songs to choose from, a song for every mood. this is always a hard question to answer.
Q8) Have you seen Ronnie perform live? What did you think of the show?
i've seen joyelectric live twice. i love the live versions of joyelectric classics and i wish i could hear them more. i've always left wanting more.
Q9) Have you ever talked to Ronnie before? What did you think of him?
yes and no. i've said hi and bye. he seems pretty cool and i like what he's doing musically. i've never wanted to come up acting like i'm his best friend cause i'm just not that type of person.
Q10) Tell me your favorite Ronnie anecdote
sadly...i don't have one.
Q11) What makes JoyE such a great band, to you?
the sound and lyrics, it has a happy-sadness feel to it, that's something i can relate to. their stance on christianity is right up there but it's not cultured after what's "going on right now with the kids" i really like the fact that ronnie's stuck with it and hasn't changed much. you can listen to an earlier joy electric song and you can say 'hey that's a je song!' and listen to a song from a recent album and say the same thing. the music has progressed but the sound is still there and very distinct. i love the lyrics, the songs are timeless and i always look forward to joy electric releases.
Q12) What kind of music do you listen to, besides JoyE?
anything and everything. from classical, to country, to old rock, to punk, to techno, through pop, hip hop and 'alternative rock'. there's no specific style i define as 'my style' because there's just so much to listen to out there.