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Joy Electric

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Joy Electric is a one-man electropop/synth pop group consisting of Ronnie Martin. The group started out in 1994, after the demise of Dance House Children, a band Ronnie was in with his brother Jason Martin of Starflyer 59. Starflyer 59 bass player Jeff Cloud joined Joy Electric from 1996 until 2002. Ronnie is currently solo again.

Having experimented with live shows, formed countless after-school bands , and recorded an album that was never to be released under the moniker Morella’s Forest with Randy Lamb, Ronnie and his brother Jason found their way onto Michael Knott’s fledgling label, Blonde Vinyl, with a dance album to produce, Songs and Stories.

After buying an old Akai sampler and a few synthesizers, Ronnie began crafting his own spin-off of current electronic “club” music. Still working with his brother Jason, Ronnie’s new band, Dance House Children, posited cold, hypnotic electronica against quaint, old-fashioned lyrics. After producing another album, Jesus, Dance House Children found Jason leaving to pursue his own musical endeavors, Starflyer 59.

With the help of a few friends, Ronnie turned from the club-oriented music to a more melodic, orchestrated sound. The range of instruments on his third album exploded, containing timpanis, Moog synthesizers, and far more exotic sounds than anything he had previously produced. It was evident that Martin was quickly moving beyond the level of pre-programmed keyboard sounds as he became more well-versed in the programming of his synthesizers.

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  • silverlage

    Hail to "raibow-infused magical pony fairytale" music...whatever raibow means?

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ZillowZollo

    Also, am I one of the only fans from BEFORE The White Songbook? We Are The Music Makers changed my life and I was soul-consumed with Robot Rock in high school.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ZillowZollo

    Joy Electric has been severely under rated over the years. I think The White Song book is among one of the most amazing all electronic albums of all time. [2]

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jjmini

    'sounds like something out of a rainbow-infused magical pony fairytale' oh so you mean like early joy e records. Alphabet was a bit weak but not for those reasons imo

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Aspis

    Ronnie has always balanced a thin line between synth-driven music and flat-out kitschy disco, but Dwarf Mountain Alphabet is seriously bad. Sounds like something out of a raibow-infused magical pony fairytale, ew. I hope he goes back to the sound of The Otherly Opus.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BlueDragonHans

    DJ GaugeN and Phoenix in Ashes brought me here :P

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • silverlage

    one3rd, thanks. I do understand how it works. I am just saying that I don't agree. When artists are first plopped on Last.fm they are connected to most popular genres and other artists on their label. Tooth and Nail doesn't have any other artist like Ronnie, so, initially they are setup to have similar artists that sound nothing like them.

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • HeadlessClown

    Saw an interview of The Drums and they mentioned JE, some of the best 21st century synth I've heard

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • one3rd

    silverlage, the similar artists are based on users' listening habits, not the tags. If you want an artist, such as Solvent, to show up as a similar artist, you'll have to convince a lot of people who listen to Joy Electric regularly to listen to them.

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • jjmini

    New album is fantastic!

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    Your music never ceases to amaze. I wonder what similar artists you would have if it wasn't based on the Christian tag? I would say Solvent would be one of the first artists listed. Sounds like a great project for one of your groups.

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    needs more followers. so good!

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • TheSanitorium

    i like everything he has done since The Tick Tock Treasury

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Maharene

    Just recently rediscovered The White Songbook album, I remember listening to this album when I was younger, brings back so many memories

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • dtrzcin

    I cannot wait for the new record.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • NefandusDeus

    "Only Copernicus."

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • emmakid

    i will never get tired of saying how severely underrated he is.

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jjmini

    Joy Electric Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/146183208/joy-electric-dwarf-mountain-alphabet Absolutely STOKED. Check it out guys. Show some Love. Show some support.

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • T7B

    Curiosities And Such & Early Cubism Anyone know why these albums aren't on here?

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    It sure would be nice if the similar artists were really similar aside from Foxglove, Brothers M. and Fine China. Too bad the Christian tag is what carries the similar artist status.

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
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