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Interview with Joy Electric.
This week I interviewed Ronnie Martin from the band Joy Electric. Anyone who knows me knows what a big Joy E fan I am, so it is a pleasure and an honor to interview Ronnie. For those not in the know, Ronnie Martin and Joy Electric have been creating electronic pop masterpieces for around two decades now. They've been a major influence in the electronic music world for just as long. Ronnie creates each perfect pop confection using all analogue synths, and his craftsmanship in songwriting shows through on every tune. Live Joy Electric shows over the years have featured a wide variety of spectacle, including live dancers, key-tars, theramins, and free candy. If you've never heard Joy Electric, stop what you're doing right now and buy some Joy E from your friendly (legal) digital retailer now. You'll be glad you did. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit Joy Electric at the links below.
Brax: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview! Considering the vast number of interviews you've participated in over the years, what is the question you are asked most frequently?
Joy Electric: It would probably be "So....how long have you been making music?" which is kind of the equivalent of asking someone about the weather.
Brax: What upcoming Joy Electric project(s) are you currently working on?
Joy Electric: None at the moment. Joy E is on hiatus, for just how long is uncertain.
Brax: Hopefully not very long! Tell us about the Eepsociety.
Joy Electric: Eepsociety is just the blanket name used to encompass everything I want to do musically, whether it be recording, producing, Autobahn Festival, releasing independent projects, etc.
Brax: If you could live on a planet other than Earth, which would you choose, and why?
Joy Electric: I'm not sure. I'd like to wait until someone else has lived there so I know it wouldn't be the last planet I ever lived on.
Brax: Please tell me about the best Joy E live show ever. Also, what are your favorite songs to play live?
Joy Electric: The best show I ever played was in May 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at an event called Punk Rock Prom. The loosest, most fun, out of control performance we've ever had. Truly unforgettable. Favorite songs would be The Matterhorn, Draw for Me, MC Escher, Quite Quieter Than Spiders, Sheffield Youth....not that many for how many there are.
Brax: I've noticed Melissa has been in recent band photos. What has her involvement in Joy E been lately?
Joy Electric: Just playing live shows at the moment. It might be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Joy Electric: I like CD's and vinyl. CD's for the car, and vinyl because it's fun to buy.
Brax: You've been involved in several side projects and other bands over the years. What's next for Ronald of Orange? Are there plans for any of your other projects in the future?
Joy Electric: No plans for Ronald of Orange at the moment, but as far as any other projects...yes.
Brax: How do you feel about robots?
Joy Electric: They've never been a huge interest for me. Sorry...
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Joy Electric: I think that's the second most often asked question. My advice is to write songs, play shows, record songs, and avoid unrealistic expectations with every fiber of your being.
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Joy Electric: It's been a pleasure...
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Check back next Wednesday for my exciting interview with Jason Martin of Starflyer 59!
What the heck? Joy Electric better not be on hiatus for too long or I very well may cry.
Hiatus = working on new Foxglove Hunt album