Q1) When and how did you first find Joy Electric?
I was wandering around the Christian bookstore's music section. I really didn't know that much about music at all. One of the albums caught my eye (don't remember which one). Then I listened to Robot Rock and Christiansongs. I liked it because it sounded like video game music, and the guy had a british accent. I bought Christian songs.
Q2) Previous to JoyE, what did you listen to?
I listened to what my parents listened to (Keith Green, Andre Crouch, praise and worship tapes). Newsboys. None of that stuff is bad at all. In fact, I still listen to a lot of it.
Q3) How has JoyE influenced your musical tastes?
It can be argued that I wouldn't be listening to any of the bands that I listen to now if it wasn't for joy electric. So the influence has been tremendous.
Q4) How has JoyE influenced your life?
I met a friend of my through the boards. And since he was a year older than me, and we went to the same college, he introduced me to most of my other friends, too. If it wasn't for je, I'd have a completely different group of college friends. And I wouldn't be working at the radio station, which expanded my musical horizons. It has probably changed me in ways that I can't see, as well.
Q5) Which JoyE albums do you own?
All of them, of course; Except for the Children of the Lord EP.
Q6) In your opinion, what is the best JoyE album, and why?
Its really hard to say. Ronnie Martin just keeps on getting better. The best one is always the newest one for me, but I'm constantly listening to the old stuff because I can't get enough. Purely empirically, I think the Tick Tock Treasury is probably the best union of artistry and pop - and perhaps the clearest vision of joy electric as a bad. But that could change tomorrow.
Q7) In your opinion, what is the best JoyE song, and why?
Best? I don't know. My favorite one is These Should Be The Good Times. Even though it is on "Unelectric", the antithesis of the instrumentation of all of the other albums, the song is just perfect to me. Melancholy, emotional, memorable. It sticks with me, and I relate to it really well.
Q8) Have you seen Ronnie perform live? What did you think of the show?
I've had the pleasure of seeing Ronnie perform live twice. Both times I was literally awed by his performance. The first time, of course, was my first time, so that was amazing to see him and hear him actually sing, but the second time was even more amazing, with his new live set and Eric m. playing with him. The live versions of the songs were incredible, and he had tremendous stage presence. We need a live album, but I'm glad he put out the DVD.
Q9) Have you ever talked to Ronnie before? What did you think of him?
Yeah, I've talked to him twice. He is a very down to earth guy - antithetical to his stage persona. He's quite humble about his art, and genuinely seems to enjoy interacting with his fans. The second time, he approached me, even remembering my name. I would go to a joy electric concert just to talk to him. Great guy.
Q10) Tell me your favorite Ronnie anecdote
Hmm.. it was touching when he was talking to his daughter when she came to the stage with a handkerchief so that he could wipe his face off. You could tell that he thought the world of her.
Q11) What makes JoyE such a great band, to you?
Part of it is obviously the music. I just like it. The music, the lyrics, vocals, everything about the music attracts me to it. The other reason is just Ronnie. He keeps doing what he has been doing, because he feels God has called him to do it. And no matter what people think of it, he keeps doing it. At the same time, he is humble about his art, and is such a nice guy in person, that you can really see that the music is genuine.
Q12) What kind of music do you listen to, besides JoyE?
I listen to all kinds of music. You name it, I listen to it. I try to keep an open mind about music, and not let musical genres affect my tastes too much. Favorite bands other than joy electric: Pedro the Lion, The Lassie Foundation, SF59, Coldplay, Soul Junk, LA Symphony... the list goes on and on. I guess you can tag Ronnie's side project, Shepherd, on to the end of that list. :)