Los Angeles electronic/rock band 9 Electric recently opened for Static X at the House of Blues in Anaheim. I was on hand to cover the show. I was down in front taking pictures for the website, and it didn’t take but a few minutes for me to realize two things. 1. These guys (9 Electric) are f*cking great! 2. Why the hell had I not heard of them before? After the set, I knew I had to feature them, and get the word out. It’s time you were introduced to this slamming new band.
5 Questions With 9 Electric
Rockstar Radio: Where did the name “9 Electric” come from?
9E: Electric represents the bands sound as in electronic. The 9 came from throwing around a few ideas and then it kind of became an idea that it took 9 lives to get to this point and find this sound so we combined the two. Also, 9Electric rolls off the tongue like 911 this making it easy to remember!
Rockstar Radio: Being a DIY Los Angeles band is tough. It seems there is 50 new bands on the scene everyday. What does 9 Electric bring to the table that’s different? How does the 9 Electric show, and sound stand out?
9E: I’m sure there’s more than 50 a day but we don’t worry much about what other people are doing. We make sure to give everyone in attendance a real show and we want them to leave feeling like they got every dollars worth whether they came to see us or someone else. We take a lot of pride in our stage show from the video, to the lights to th song order and the crowd interaction. Those that have seen 9E know that we interact with the crowd very well. We spend a lot of the set time in the crowds face whether it be on the barricade or actually in the crowd! The crazier the crowd the better as far as we’re concerned!
Rockstar Radio: The song and video for “Feel This” obviously deals with some very heavy emotional and physical subjects. Was this track inspired by somebody close to the band? Is there a story behind the song?
9E: Yes, that’s a very emotional song though upon first listen one might think it’s a rah-rah party jam. The song was written by our drummer Micah Electric and he was looking to show the inner ugliness of a relationship gone completely south and how a person can lose hope and start to turn on themselves because they feel there’s no hope. The video shows that retribution can come to those that oppress and that you should never lose hope and keep fighting…especially for yourself!
Rockstar Radio: You guys got Wayne Static to do a guest vocal appearance on “Destroy As You Go”. How did that come about? He/Static-X is an obvious influence in the 9 Electric sound. Who are some other artist that influence your music?
9E: Yes, Wayne is a friend and we’ve known him for awhile now. He’s been aware of the band since we started a year and a half ago and was happy to lend his voice on Destroy, which for us was an extension of what Static sounded like at their best. We just did our version and we’re in a cool position to have him lend his signature sound! Our main influences are Prodigy, Rammstein, Manson, Pendulum, NIN, Srillex, Zombie and a handful of others!
Rockstar Radio: With the unstable state of the Rock Music industry, it seems like more bands are ditching the label route and trying to make it on their own. While the success rate seems lower, the payoff (if you do make it) is way better, and you get complete control of the bands future. Is this the route 9 Electric wants to take? Why or why not?
9E: We’re looking to work with the right team and that’s that. Whether it’s a label or a bunch of upstarts or just us and a few people we trust and respect, that’s what we’re doing and looking to do at the highest level. We aren’t a lazy band so the decision on where to go from here isn’t a difficult one. We’re driven by our passion to create and perform so as long as we don’t make any stupid moves the future will continue to be bright!
9 Electric is a band you MUST see live, and with the latest upcoming tour with Static X, Ill Nino, Emmure and Shogun, you should have no problem finding a city close by.
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