Joy Electric

This was supposed to be a super-cool feature on electronica music, seeing how it's the "new thing" and all that...we were going to interview Echoing Green, too, who have a phat new album coming out soon on SaraBellum, but Derek messed up and forgot to interview 'em...we'll do it next month, promise. In the meantime, buy the new album and read this...

In your opinion, is the recent electronica craze smothering or stimulating the creativity of electronic music?

Ronnie - I have no idea and I really don't care.

Jeff - I don't think it's doing either. While certain bands have made it big (Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Crystal Method), they won't be long lasting. They aren't writing memorable songs.


Your music obviously draws on a lot of stuff from the 80s, like New Order and The Smiths...why do you think these bands inspire you?

Ronnie - Their songs inspired me. As bands they really didn't inspire me except for the fact that New Order had virtually no public image. I have never cared for the androgynous aspect of the Smiths.

Jeff - I think the Smiths simply wrote great songs. How could anyone not be inspired by such great pop songs?


Ronnie - you and your brother Jason were in a band called Dance House Children...when you broke up, he went on to start Starflyer 59...how do you explain the difference in musical style between Starflyer and Joy Electric?

Ronnie - The only difference is that Jason uses guitars while I prefer to use synthisizers, because all of our songs and chords are basically interchangable.


The "Monosynth" video looked like it was a lot of fun to shoot...was it?

Ronnie - Absolutely not. I guess since we aren't really actors it's hard to feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Jeff - Spending 10 hours to make a 3 minute video isn't really too much fun.


How was the recording of the new album versus the past ones?

Ronnie - It went a lot quicker and a lot smoother because I didn't labor over every detail like I usually do. I also had a lot of moral support from our label. And it is easy to work with Cloud.


6. What about the new EP?

It should be out in March. It's called The Land Of Misfits. It contains one brand new track and some remixes. We try to always put out new releases.


7. What are your goals?

Ronnie - The goal is to get our music out to as many people as possible. And to somehow get it into the ears of people who have a built in prejudice towards this kind of music. We also want to make the most creative albums available in the Christian market.

Jeff - Basically the same as Ronnie mentioned. But also to to give a form of entertainment or enjoyment to our fellow Christians as well as to unsaved people. Since this is the last question I would just like to make it clear that we are a 100% Christian band, and while we play a fare share of clubs and bars, we would much rather play in a church. Thank you to all who have supported us. We are the sound of tomorrow.


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