With all the attention A Skylit Drive has been getting since the release of their phenomenal debut album Wires… and the Concept Of Breathing, few people realize that the lead singer, Michael “Jag” Jagmin, actually has some goodies up his sleeve for fans all over. Read on to learn more about his solo project and some behind-the-scenes of their latest album Identity On Fire.
MEB: Many people know that you’re the singer for A Skylit Drive, but are not aware that you have other projects. Care to tell the people about them?
Jag: I’m sure most ASD fans aren’t aware of any side projects I’m involved in. Well, my solo project is the only one, but I hope in time they all do know about it.
With your old project Of An Era, how many songs did you write under that name? Do you plan on releasing them under your solo name?
I have tons of demos for my solo project. I’ve completed more songs after switching the name to Michael Jagmin. I plan to release a single very soon, and once I give myself time to see what kind of response it gets, that will decide what move I make next.
What differences will there be between your solo material and ASD? When can fans expect some sort of release from your solo project?
I’ve always been a huge fan of pop/rock and pop punk, so those are easily big influences in my music. It’s very energetic, emotional and thoughtful. As stated before I plan to release a single very soon.
Do you play all the instruments on your solo project? If so, how did you learn to play them? If not, who else do you have playing them?
I write everything and perform everything myself. For the first single the producer I chose is helping a lot with making things the best they can be though. I played guitar and drums religiously all through high school. I played guitar in my first handful of bands.
What sort of life experiences did you go through that compelled you to write the lyrics to Identity On Fire? What other sort of topics did you cover? Do you ever see A Skylit Drive becoming as heavy as Odd Project was?
Everyday tour life with ASD is what mainly inspired the topics on Identity On Fire. I’ve always been big on helping people find themselves, and being happy with who they are. I’d rather send a positive message to our followers instead of a mixed one that could be misconceived as something else. I never know where ASD is going to end up. I don’t think any of us do. We just kinda go with what feels right.
What are some key differences between what you did in Odd Project and A Skylit Drive?
Odd Project was nowhere near the professionalism of ASD. OP was a much more laid back situation. I think that’s primarily because it took us so long to release the album I sang on. The long wait sucked a lot of the life out of the band as a whole, whereas with ASD we tend to keep busy practically all the time.
Are you and Jordan Blake (ex lead singer for A Skylit Drive) on good terms? Would you ever consider working with him on some music?
I’ve met the guy numerous times, and he’s always been very pleasant towards me. As for working with him on music I feel we’re on two different wavelengths. I don’t see much of a chemistry there.
Have you guys already started the writing/recording process for an upcoming album from ASD?
We actually haven’t started any new material yet. That’s one main reason I’ve been so diligent about my solo project since being home from tour. I’m definitely not the kind of guy who can just sit around and do absolutely nothing. I go crazy after a few days, so I guided all of that towards my own music.
Fans have noticed that the screaming has been toned down much more now compared to She Watched The Sky. Even though you were not the singer on that EP, will you consider bringing more screaming back or continue doing more singing?
I think after doing things a certain way since Wires we’ve gotten comfortable and happy with the vocal style we’ve chosen. The popularity of Wires along with the most popular songs since gives us a good enough thumbs up that the singing/screaming ratio we’ve stuck to is what works for us.
What made you decide on covering Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie”? If Fearless Records came to you guys to do a Punk Goes Crunk 2, what song would you cover?
It was 100% our choice to cover that song. The label wasn’t pumped on our choice, ha! But they changed their minds when they heard the finished product. I don’t think I’d want to do a Punk Goes Crunk 2 after doing the Eminem song.
What have been some of your personal favorite shows you’ve played so far?
Standout cities for me would have to be: San Diego, Sacramento, Anaheim, Pomona, Dallas, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NYC, anywhere in New Jersey, and Seattle.
Is there someone you would like to collaborate with and maybe share the stage with?
I would love to do a song with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. That band is easily my favorite band.
What are your biggest inspirations to go out and sing?
Even though I have favorite artists and all, I do my best to not find inspiration in their styles. I like searching myself for what seems natural and right to me.
What songs do you like to play the most live?
“The Cali Buds” and “Wires….”
Any last words for your die-hard fans?
Thank you guys so much! Please continue to support me and the guys. We appreciate everything you do for us!