Okay. I’m perplexed. JOY. What kind of name is that. It doesn’t say too much about anything really when it comes to music, other than the feeling music can bring. So I had to find out more. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
– Our good friend and road dog, Tyler Daughn, came up with it as a joke I think. Me and the original rhythm section had been playing shows as “Taylor, Zack and Trevor” for a awhile already and then switched it to JOY cause it sounded way cooler. I think the name fits the style of music we’re playing the same way Blue Cheer fits their music, and it sounds like the name of a homemade batch of LSD, which is a plus.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-We’re a psychedelic blues and jam based power-trio. Plain and simple. No Frills
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene? .
– The scene in San Diego is amazing. Its a pretty tight crew of friends. All the bands know each other, jam, and play shows together regularly. I think Joy is definitely part of the scene, albeit no more or less than any other of the bands playing around town. Everyone’s an equal and all the bands offer something unique. I think the common link for all the bands in SD are Earthless and Astra. Those dudes have been killing it for so long and everyone cops at least a little bit from them
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-If there is a “movement” happening here I don’t think we are, or care to be, too aware of it. Music styles and fads change too quick to keep up with. I would hope to be able to continue performing and recording the type of music and I want to play and hear for as long as I can, and not really worry about whether it’s part or apart from any particular movement
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Birds and Bees might make a ripping cover, ya never know. Im a fan of early Grateful Dead covers. Father Yod and the Source Family have some really cool covers too. I like the way most 60’s psychedelic-era record covers were made in-house or by an artist close to the group. Joy is definitely partial to weird and sketchy DIY looking cover art. Our close friends Ake Arnt who runs the Operation:Mindblow liquid light show in SD and Mikey Ratt are our go-to guys for turning our burnt cover ideas into something tangible
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I prefer recording analog now that we have a label that pays for us to record. But I don’t think digital is killing music at all. If your just starting out or have rad music that needs to get recorded I think you should record it by any means necessary! Just because it isn’t pure analog or whatever doesn’t mean shit. People don’t always acknowledge how pricey analog studios can be and not everyone that makes great music can afford to do it that way so I say fuck it- record everything however possible, regardless of whether or not it satisfies all the analog purists out there. Who cares
For listening to music I prefer physical copies and vinyls. That being said, some of my favorite records are out of print and only available in digital (or available for more money than I have on discogs or something), so I’m not against music in digital formats.
As far as digital killing music, I think thats total bullshit. There’s never been more music available at the touch of a button than there is today, which is a positive thing. There will probably always be some famous artist complaining about a drop in their royalties because of illegal downloading, but that’s all just noise to me. For bands like Joy, who are not in it for the money whatsoever its humbling and an honor just to know that there are people out there that want to listen to our music, regardless of whether its paid for or not
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We did our first round of serious touring last year and it had its ups and downs. The USA can be pretty rough for bands our size but there are definitely pockets of folks around the country that understand what our live show is about and really gave us a lot of energy to feed off of. Even though we play most of the same songs night to night on tour we never play tunes the same way twice. Every night is different, and every jam is an experiment. We like to feed off the crowds energy and really just fucking play for people that dig it and leave everything on stage. We have a great time playing on the West Coast here in the states. We also had a killer time touring Europe last year. A lot of places over there will let us play extended set times over there which suits our style. American set times are about 45 minutes tops, which feels like a warmup now.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I would hope its a party. If everyone’s already having a good time let us at ’em! That’s what we’re here for
What would you like to see the future bring?
I’m extremely grateful for all the opportunities we’ve been given to record, travel and play our music. The results have already exceeded any expectations I had when the band started. Everything now is icing on the cake. Hopefully we can keep it going forever