It is somewhat awkward to call Brandon Richter the new guy, when he has had considerable success in the music business already. Richter joins Nick Miller (guitar), Michael Jagamin (vocals), Kyle Simmons (bass/keyboards), and Michael LaBelle (guitar/vocals), adding to the dynamic of A Skylit Drive, which translates into a new brand of excitement in their music.
Talent is not exclusive. The inherent value of any talent or skill is found when it is shared. Richter has known he would be a drummer since early childhood. It is simply what he was meant to do. Richter stated, “I am really dedicated to my dreams and goals, and I have been since I was a kid.” But, he also believes that he is meant to share his talent, skill, and experience with others. By using the cues and signs around him, Richter sees a clear path ahead. He explained, “(Music) is clearly why I was put on Earth, and I want to believe that. I am also here to share my philosophy on things, to further people, so they can do it too.” Richter understands that providing an example of how he orients his efforts to the future will allow others to follow their heart and fulfill their own personal objectives.
Destiny is a rocky road. When alcohol took Richter to very dark places, he turned to the world around him. Like the words from the song “Rise”, which say, “Do not pray for an easy life/Search for the strength to walk the line,” Richter found that having faith in himself was the key to finding his place in the world. He triumphed over the pull of addiction by developing a strong belief system that reinforced his goals. Emerging as a much stronger musician, Richter is determined to be the best drummer he can be and it shows in his performance. His drum breaks lend creativity to the transitions and Richter is a master at accents. Using a blend of crescendos and decrescendos, Richter leads the listener on an emotional journey through each song.
The best shows are when everyone has fun. A Skylit Drive is well known for their intoxicating live performances, because each show is the best show ever, no matter what problems or issues may arise behind the scenes, A Skylit Drive hits the stage like a gale force wind, ready to party. They are musicians who have as much fun as the crowd, because they love what they do. Beginning their set with the song “Rise”, they leave the audience breathless and screaming for more. Highlighting songs from their newest release interspersed with old favorites, A Skylit Drive delivers the soundtrack for a perfect night out. Signed to Tragic Hero Records, A Skylit Drive will continue to tour as they develop new songs to thrill fans worldwide.