Ralph Rodriguez: The Agent of The Sun
Music Incider Magazine
Ralph Rodriguez is the lead guitar and backing vocals for the new Dcide Records phenomenon Agents of The Sun. I found him laid back, soft spoken, and easy going…don’t let that fool you. He can beat the fuck out of a guitar. Read on…
MI: What is your birthday?
Ralph: February 2nd.
MI : Tell us about each member of the band and what they play.
Ralph: Jason plays guitars and he’s a genius. Dave is the drummer and he’s meticulous and a perfectionist. Frankie is the bass player and is very laid back and cool. Ray is the lead singer and he is intense, smart, and emotional. I’m Ralph and I play the guitar. I’m a drunkard.
MI: How did you all come up with the name of the band?
Ralph: Ray came up with the name of the band. We all sat down one night and decided to come up with the name and we whittled it down.
MI: Who writes your music?
Ralph: Throw us in a room together and that’s what comes out. It’s very spontaneous.
MI: Describe your music to us.
Ralph: Honest, real, and fucking rock.
MI: Who were your musical influences growing up?
Ralph: Kiss. Their whole theatrical thing just blew my mind. Musically I love Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix, Queen, Ozzy, and Sabbath.
MI: Do you guy see yourself getting into Ozzfest?
Ralph: We would love to do it but I’m not sure if we would fit the genre or not.
MI: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Ralph: If everything works out I’d like to be on the cover of Rolling Stone.
MI: How do you compare this album to your first album?
Ralph: It’s more of a representation of who we are. The last album was something that our label was trying to portray us as. This new record is definitely more honest and real.
MI: Were you on a different label with the first album?
Ralph: No, we just had to fight with them a little. We had to get them to let us do what we wanted to do.
MI: If you could grant 3 wishes for the band what would they be?
Ralph: One, that we could do this for the rest of our lives. Two, I would like our band to be able to have a real impact. Three, that we could all go to the moon and play on the moon.
MI: Tell me about your dream show. Who would you like to play with, where, and how much money would you like to make?
Ralph: It would be us and 311 and it would be on the moon. We would do it for charity, the Hurricane Katrina charity.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
Ralph: Oh yeah.
MI: What are your thoughts on legalizing marijuana?
Ralph: That would be cool I suppose. I don’t smoke anymore so I’d have to look at it from a monetary point of view.
MI: What are your feelings on Hurricane Katrina?
Ralph: I’d love to go down there and help out. Maybe we could do a concert and raise some money.
MI: Who is your hero?
Ralph: My father. He taught me about hard work and perseverance. My parents have been supportive the entire time.
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Ralph: Yeah. Back in California a friend of mine’s father died. My friend and I were walking through his hallway to his room and we both, at the same time, felt a chill and we looked at each other and said “whoa”. We ended up walking into his room and we both started weeping. We both knew it was his father.
MI: Who do you think the greatest musician of all time is?
Ralph: I don’t think there is one greatest. There’s too many greats. Hendrix, Lennon, McCartney, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Randy Rhoads, all the jazz greats. Ray Charles, Elvis… There’s too many.
MI: Who do you think was more important to music, The Beatles, Elvis, or Jim Morrison?
Ralph: The Beatles.
MI: As an artist what inspires you?
Ralph: Life and it’s experiences. My surroundings and my band members as well.
MI: Are there any videos coming out for this new CD?
Ralph: Yeah, we’ve talked about it.
MI: What is your favorite song to play live?
Ralph: ‘Not Enough’. We got our first arena show on this last tour and when you’re an opening act some people don’t get there in time for you. It was us, Papa Roach, and 311, and it was like a movie. The lights go down , they start playing our intro music and the crowd goes wild. Our opening song we played was ‘Not Enough’ and the crowd was going nuts.
MI: Is the CD getting a lot of radio play?
Ralph: I honestly don’t know.
MI: What do you love about being a musician and what do you hate about being a musician?
Ralph: I love that I don’t have to clock in or clock out. My job is a vacation. It’s everybody’s dream job. Right now I hate my paycheck.
MI: What pisses you off most about the music business today?
Ralph: That there’s a lot of sound-a-like bands. The industry tends to exploit music. There’s not anything real original anymore. It’s disheartening at times.
MI: What would you warn any young band getting into the music industry about?
Ralph: I would let them know to be careful what they get in to. Be who you are and don’t let anyone change you.
MI: Tell us about the most fucked up dream you’ve ever had.
Ralph: Yesterday marked our last day on tour. We were driving home and one of my naps I was dreaming that the drummer from Papa Roach was driving our band and we were pulling into a gas station. He told me to get on the hood and he would drive around a little bit. So he decides he wants to kill me and he starts driving fast and hitting cars and he’s laughing his ass off and I thought I really was going to die. I woke up screaming.
MI: How did you feel when Dimebag Darrell got killed?
Ralph: We were in a hotel room and we were all in disbelief. It’s unbelievable, especially the way it happened. I was very sad and I was beside myself.
MI: How do you feel about the war in Iraq?
Ralph: I’d prefer not to get political but I don’t agree with it at all.
MI: If you could design a memorial for Dimebag what would it be?
Ralph: A stripper straddling him while he’s playing a solo.
MI: Who would you like to bury in cement?
Ralph: I’m a pretty passive person. I’d probably talk it over and smooth things out.
MI: If you could have lunch with any 3 people, living or dead, who would it be?
Ralph: Jim Morrison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Bill Clinton.
MI: Do you think there should be a memorial service for Dimebag every year?
Ralph: Of course.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
Ralph: Absolutely. I think my mother has some ability. She told my about some dreams she had that eventually came true. She had a dream that she was at a funeral and it was a child but she couldn’t see who was inside. Several months later one of my cousins died. The day of the funeral she said that was the dream she had.
MI: If a movie was made about your life who would you want to play you and what would the theme song be?
Ralph: Bogart would play me and the theme song would be Looney Toons.
MI: If you had a million dollars to donate to charity what charity would it be?
Ralph: A diabetic association. It’s affected my family so much. My mother, father, grandma, grandfather, aunts…
MI: What do you think about the new MTV compared to the old MTV?
Ralph: The MTV I grew up with was more of a rock radio station as opposed to the commercial bullshit that’s on now. It’s more of a big commercial. They’re selling you stuff and the bands are manufactured and fake.
MI: Do you believe in reincarnation?
MI: Who is you favorite vocalist, guitar player, and drummer?
Ralph: Morrison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Stewart Copeland.
MI: What is your website?
Ralph: www.AgentsOfTheSun.com and on MySpace.comagentsofthesun
MI: Do you have a message for your fans?
Ralph: Thank you for being there and let’s all enjoy the ride.
MI: If you could ask your fans to do anything for you what would it be?
Ralph: Stick with us.
MI: What is your favorite quote?
Ralph: Seize the day.