Q1) When and how did you first find Joy Electric?
Well, it was pure chance that one day my mom bought me the BEC Sampler No. 1 which contained the song Monosynth. At first, I thought it was simply weird, and turned it off. Later however, I picked the album up again and I was just mesmerized by the sounds...and how catchy it was. I just loved the song and played the album over and over again. Always got mesmerized at Monosynth and started singing along right away even before I really even knew the words. I reluctantly loaned to my friend Andrew the cd and he accidently broke it. I was so mad, but I found out that Tooth & Nail was having a big sale on a lot of its albums and so in a moment of utter randomness and since I had just gotten my paycheck. I bought every single Joy E album to date. From Melody to Robot Rock. Loved Robot Rock, the others took some time to grow on me but I eventually loved them just as much.
Q2) Previous to JoyE, what did you listen to?
I was a CCM boy with a love for the alternative. I was into your normal Jars of Clay, Newsboys, DC Talk, Audio Adrenalive, etc.
Q3) How has JoyE influenced your musical tastes?
*chuckles* Well I used to own only Alternative Christian music. NOw the majority of my collection has some kinda "Ronnie" connection to it. I have every single PQMQ album. I got into Human League, Kraftwerk, and Fine CHina because of Ronnie's recommendations. I also became a huge fan of Depeche Mode, The Echoing Green, The Faint, New Order, and 80's New Wave because of their remote connections with joy e. Joy E is singlehandly responsible for my interest in Electronic music. My friend Tim calls "Joy E" the gateway drug. :-)
Q4) How has JoyE influenced your life?
Well, Joy E has encouraged me to be unique. From day 1, I took a lot of slack from my friends for enjoying this music. I just decided I was gonna to like what I liked without conforming to my friends anymore. My friends led me into CCM and every single music I have gotten into up till then. Joy Electric was a music I discovered on my own. I went a long time before I ever met another person who had even heard of Joy E. IT was always me introducing it to other people. It helped shape me into the unique person that I am. OTherwise, I might still be following the crowd.
Q5) Which JoyE albums do you own?
I own them all. It is pretty safe to say. I am a big collector of Joy Electric memorabilia. I even have Rainbow Rider and both versions of the "Jesus" album. I also have all the little rarities and albums at that even have just one JOy E song on them like the samplers, Christmas albums, Art Core, etc. One thing I have a hard time finding though is older Joy E t-shirts... They are so hard to find!
Q6) In your opinion, what is the best JoyE album, and why?
Robot Rock, it just has a really smooth unified sound, very catchy pop songs, and is the easiest to listen to for a person who has never heard synthesizers. Melody and the older ones have a tendency to "weird" people out too quickly before they even have a chance to get the catchy hooks.
Q7) In your opinion, what is the best JoyE song, and why?
Wow, I would pretty much have to say ditto to Andrya's interview.(You have good taste girl) They are all good, but ones that always stick out in my mind are "Monosynth", "Girl From Rosewood Lane," "May All Saints," "I beam, you beam," "Analogue Grand Diary," and "Without Help We perish". Just to name a few.
Q8) Have you seen Ronnie perform live? What did you think of the show?
I first saw Ronnie play live with Todd when Joy E opened for Miss Angie and Bleach (back in 99 I believe.) It was in Lincoln and the Nebraska audience was not ready at all for their ecletic, odd setup. I remember being the only one who danced and people in the back making fun of Ronnie. They had a machine setup in the middle, one synth Todd was knob twiddling on, and Ronnie doing only vocals. Nobody really understood what they were doing. Ronnie didn't let the lack of audience response bother him though, he just kept on singing and dancing. I thought the show would be more elaborate than it was. But I admired Ronnie for doing what he did. Very gutsy! I however, was not impressed the first time. I think the sound mix was really off. HOwever, I have seen him play now at Frank's HOuse of Rock in Des Moine.(TWSB Tour) THAT SHOW ROCKED! I still think that is my favorite setup with Todd on the live drums. Also recently, Cornerstone 02' was good, even though the equipment broke down and Autobahn 03 was pretty exciting. Ronnie has come a long way since that first show I saw in his stage presence. He is quite the performer. He just looks so lonely up there now.
Q9) Have you ever talked to Ronnie before? What did you think of him?
I never had a chance to talk to Ronnie at the first show because he was busy helping Bleach pack up their live setup. I did however get on a first name basis with Todd who is the nicest and most awesome guy I've ever met. I later talked to Todd at a show in Colorado he did as "The Gold." We became really good friends and when they did their show in Des Moine, I came earlier and saw Ronnie standing by his pickup truck. I said "Ronnie!! Ronnie Martin?" He looked at me like I was going to jump him and I started getting really nervous and shaked his hand, told him how big of a fan I was. I really thought he was going to tease me but he was so ultra cool "Hey man, thanks a lot. Wanna talk after the show" Todd then came out and recognized me... We talked and I asked him if I could help set up. I got a big thrill as I helped Ronnie set up his stage. But I really still didn't get a chance to talk to him. Finally, I got a chance to really sit down and say more than Hi to the guy and he was so cool with me.(I found out later that he was actually rather sick at the time, but still very polite, humble, and nice despite that)
Q10) Tell me your favorite Ronnie anecdote
My question"So when are you going to do an acoustic setup?" Ronnie:"oh....never!"
Q11) What makes JoyE such a great band, to you?
Number 1: They are always unique and Catchy! They remain the same and don't follow any current trends. They have a dream and they stick to it. Ronnie is married with a kid now and he still somehow is able to make a life as a busy band musician where he must carry the whole weight of the band.(and a record label, AMAZING!) Also, he is good to and cares about his fans. It used to annoy me so bad when bands would take 3 years to come out with a new album. JoyE puts out an album every year.
Q12) What kind of music do you listen to, besides JoyE?
*see above* In addition, I really do listen to about every style and genre.....Hard Rock, oldies, classical, blues, Celtic Rock, etc. Joy E just opened me up to the wonderful world of electronic music.