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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Brothertiger

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John Jagos, known musically as Brothertiger, is set to self-release a full-length album, Out of Touch, on Dec. 4. The LP developed out of Brothertiger’s desire to create an auditory journey through emotional states – from tribulation, despair, and fatigue to serenity, joy, and tranquility.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Brothertiger and listen to tracks from the electronic album…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
I’m 25 years old, and have been living in Brooklyn the past three years. I’m originally from Ohio, and I started Brothertiger while in school there at Ohio University.

How long have you been making music?
I started making music about 10 years ago, when I discovered Ableton in high school. I played in a few bands and made some projects in high school, but I didn’t start taking songwriting seriously until I got to college.

Who/what are your influences?
I’m really influenced by a lot of ’80s records, particularly stuff from Tears for Fears, Genesis, Brian Eno, Talk Talk, and Talking Heads. But I’m also heavily influenced by a lot of modern electronic acts like M83, Caribou, Tycho, and Mark Barrott.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
From my past albums, I think “Chains” is my favorite. It was put out as a single, and it’s the song that started my sound on its path to where it is now. Writing that song made me want to make more music like that, and that’s how I started my next album.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Well, I’m putting out a new record in December. It’s called Out of Touch and I’m really excited to put it out. I’ve been working on it for the past two years, I think it’s the most honest material I’ve ever made, so I can’t wait to get it out there. I’m also hoping to get a band together for my live shows in the future.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Well, when I’m not writing music or touring, I work in a recording studio in Brooklyn. So, I guess I would (still) be an audio engineer. I love working with other bands on their material. It’s really fun to step out of my comfort zone of electronic music and record bands in other genres.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I really look up to Brian Eno and Sufjan Stevens. Eno has such a great process with everything, and I love his aesthetic. Stevens is someone I’ve been following since 2005, when he put out Illinois. I really love how he writes, and how he decided to release his music on his own label. He makes really smart choices with everything he does in music.

Why do you make music?
Because I love the feeling it gives me. Music brings a lot of joy to my life, and to know that it does the same with people who listen to my music, makes me want to continue doing it. And I really like how music brings people together. I’ve met some of my best friends through music.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
I just want them to know that I really appreciate every listen, every mention, and every appearance at my shows. I consider myself really lucky to be able to do what I do, and I really cannot wait to show you this new album.

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