“Sick Talk”, Our Sick Conversation with Mikey Lopez, guitarist of 9Electric By: Matty

March 17, 2015 by: Shauna O'Donnell

By: Matty

9Electric, out of Los Angeles, California is:

Ron Thunderwood on vocals
Mikey Lopez on guitars
Casey DC on bass
Micah Electric on drums/programming
Find 9Electric on Facebook here and find 9Electric on Twitter here
Contributor’s Note:  A band/recording artist has to really stick out like a sore thumb in order to make it out of Los Angeles in the music industry.  Sometimes it takes knowing the right people, in the right place at the right time.  Sometimes it takes a stroke of luck.  Sometimes it takes working hard and having determination and persevering through all the obstacles in order to make it in the music industry.  Critics and fans alike would argue that electronic hard-rock band 9Electric is well upon their way.  With their breakout song entitled “Feel This” that was released in 2011 that boasts over 600,000 hits on YouTube, 9Electric is taking the ball and running with it on their latest EP entitled “Control”.  They have released a music video that features sleek guitar work of Mikey Lopez, catchy choruses, and dark yet smooth vocals of “Thunderwood” entitled “Goodbye”, which can be found here.  9Electric is providing direct support for electronic hard rock band Orgy from March to May on the “Sick Talk Tour”, which one can find them playing at a club or ballroom near you.  Without further delay, here is my interview with Mikey Lopez of 9Electric.

Matty:  First of all, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to interview with me for MUEN Magazine.  I’m Matty and I’m one of several contributors on the site.  Tell me who you are and what do you do in the band.
Mikey: Hey everyone!  I’m Mikey and I play guitar in 9E!  Thanks to MUEN for having me!

Matty:  Tell me what the Los Angeles music scene is like and how a band starts to make it in Los Angeles.
Mikey:  The LA scene is great! It was especially great a few years back when a bunch of us were rocking shows together at The Roxy on Sunset Blvd. It was a throwback to when the strip was off the hook. Bands like Butcher Babies, Gemini Syndrome, Otherwise and 9E were putting on big shows together on Free Monday nights and it was wild. Our friend Ryan Stuber, who is the GM at The Roxy, and a great musician himself, was the main man behind the Free Mon nights. It was a great time for the hard rock music scene in LA there on the strip between 2010-2013. We all moved on to the next level but that really was the launching point for a lot of us. I was at The Roxy for the first time in a long while recently to see Motionless In White and it felt very nostalgic for me being in the venue that helped launch a number of cool bands from that recent scene.

Matty:      Who are some of your biggest influences in music?
Mikey: My personal favorites band wise are: The Beatles, Rage Against The Machine, The Prodigy, Slipknot, Led Zeppelin, GNR, Korn, Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails, just to name a few. 9E as a band is influenced by a lot of those artists as well but what we do is we take all of our individual influences and apply them equally to what has become the 9E sound. We have a very specific blueprint of how to create our sound and we are very focused on that goal at all times.

Matty: Finish this sentence for me:  The moment that I realized I was going to make it in the music industry was when…..
Mikey:  I stopped worrying if I was ever going to make it in the music industry.

Matty: It seems to me that Wayne Static was close to you all and played a significant influence on your band.  Tell me about the role that Wayne Static played in your band and your favorite memory of Wayne Static.
Mikey: Wayne was incredibly helpful when we first started out. All four of us in 9E had been in different bands prior to starting in 2011 and we were all sort of starting over from scratch when we started this band. Having Wayne step in and do a vocal on a song with us before we even played a show was really amazing of him because it gave us a solid place to start and launch 9E. In 2012 he took us on tour and that was amazing as well. He was a super cool guy and he is missed by MANY! A favorite Wayne story of mine was debating who was the better guitarist, Dave Mustaine or Kirk Hammett. Wayne chose Dave and I chose Kirk. For the record I love both of their playing as well as Wayne’s!

Matty: Tell us about the “Control” EP, and the writing process, and the guest vocal appearance with Heidi Shepherd of the Butcher Babies on “Bullet Tooth”.
Mikey: The Control EP was originally intended to be a full length record of the same name, but our label decided to break it up into an EP and use the other half for our debut full length coming out later this year. Heidi’s been doing the song “Bullet Tooth” with us live since we first met in 2011 or ’12 when 9E and Butcher Babies did shows together at The Roxy. I had the idea to have her do the back and forth with our singer Ron Thunderwood one day at the gym before a show we were doing together. I could hear, and see, the two of them in my head up there on stage together slaying that song so I ran it by her and she was totally game. Every time she joins us on stage the crowd goes wild! Then a bit before their album ‘Goliath’ was coming out, she came into the studio and recorded her vocal for the track. It was awesome and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We love that girl!

Matty: Tell us about this tour upcoming with Orgy and Death Valley High, how did the planning of the tour come about and what should fans expect from the “Sick Talk Tour”?
Mikey: We’re really excited about this tour! The way it came about was that we have the same agent and he said this would be a sick tour package and we totally agreed! Fans can expect an amazing night of great music and great stage shows. Thunderwood and Jay from Orgy are long time buds so we’re all excited at what’s to come over the course of the next 5 to 6 weeks. We’re stoked to have Death Valley High on board as well. It’s going to be a kick ass tour!

Matty: Give my readers one reason why they should see 9Electric in concert.
Mikey: I could give your readers a thousand reasons why they should see 9E live! We give a thousand percent every single time we step foot on stage. We don’t take the audience or our fans for granted and we value the art of true showmanship. If an audience member pays fifty cents to see us we do our absolute best to make sure you get fifty bucks worth! If you don’t believe me then come to a show. If you are unsatisfied, come to the merch booth and I’ll personally refund you ;)

Matty: In conclusion, I’m going to give you the floor to say whatever you want to say in regards to the band, where we can find 9Electric on social media, and anything else you want to say.

Mikey: I would like to thank the academy, my agent, our wonderful director….wait, that’s an Oscar speech isn’t it?!! (laughs)  On a serious note, thanks for taking the time to check us out! We appreciate you all and if there’s something you want out of life, don’t wait for it to come to you, go out there and get it! You can find us on all the social sites under 9ELECTRIC. Your readers are savvy, if they can find out what their ex is up to, they can certainly find 9E!
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