XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Mikey: Our new record ‘Megalith’ comes out Friday 3/29!
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Mikey: This lineup of the band has been together for about a year – we like to think of 9Electric as a new band with the new lineup.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Mikey: My love for music and entertaining!
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Mikey: It conveys a deep love and appreciation of music.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Mikey: Right now, our main focus is getting our new record ‘Megalith’ into as many ear holes as possible!
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Mikey: I used to prefer playing live to recording. But after having such an amazing experience in the studio doing the new record, I now love recording, as well. But nothing really compares to playing live and feeding off the energy of the crowd!
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Mikey: The songs on ‘Megalith’ are about deep introspection and self discovery. Becoming the thing/entity you were always destined to become, but maybe didn’t realize it for some crazy reason(s). A lot of people go through that. Even though the songs are about us, they are for everyone going through a growth period.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Mikey: Just being able to continue to do what I/we love to do. Which is write, record and perform for a living. It’s our passion.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Mikey: There are far too many. At some point you have to cash in crazy stories for boring ones, or your music career will likely come to an abrupt ending!
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Mikey: Very supportive. Our families are all very supportive. Mine in particular are huge music fans.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Mikey; Don’t waste time playing with others that are not as serious about it as you are.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Mikey: All the news songs from ‘Megalith’!
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Mikey: Rage Against The Machine for their message and power.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Mikey: Opening for Rage Against The Machine wouldn’t be horrible!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Mikey: That is a constant ongoing pursuit/development!
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Mikey: There are no other careers as far as I’m concerned!
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Mikey: I think it’s great. Every decade has amazing artists and shit artists in it. The key is to never be one of the shit artists!
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Mikey: Me personally, or the band? Personally, that I‘m way nicer than most people think. Band wise, that we’re way more serious than most think.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Mikey: Yes – pick up our new record ‘Megalith’ now! You won’t regret it!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Ron Underwood – Vocals
Mikey Lopez – Guitar
Ginny Eck – Bass
Caleb Hill – Drums