Brothertiger, known to friends as John Jagos, is setting out on a 20+ date tour. He will be performing with JR JR (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) for the remainder of their tour, and then setting off on his own to show the U.S. what he’s got. While preparing for this potentially-intimidating undertaking, Jagos took some time to get us prepared.
You’re about to start a pretty long tour that will last until December. Does that seem overwhelming to you, or are you looking forward to it? What are you doing to prepare?
I’m a bit nervous, but I think I’m ready for it. I don’t think it’s overwhelming, but I think it’s a true testament to why I wanted to do music in the first place. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and now it’s finally here. So I have to do it, and I have to do it right. I’m bringing my friend Will to do sound for me, so I think a lot of the stress of having things sound right will be taken care of. I’ve also rehearsed the set about 300 times.
You’re opening for JR JR during some of your upcoming tour dates. Have you worked with them before? How did you get involved with them?
I’ve never worked with them before! But I’m so pumped to hop onto shows with them. My booking agent connected us and made it happen.
As a resident of NYC do you have any fond memories of Webster Hall, where you’ll be performing with JR JR?
I have seen plenty of my friends’ shows in Webster Studio, the basement venue, so it’s really awesome to play in the main room after all those shows!
Has anything happened to you during a performance that has particularly stood out to you?
When fans know almost all of your lyrics, I think that’s particularly memorable. I played a show in Brooklyn a few months ago and there was this group of people who were singing along to almost every song. I thought it was some weird echo going on with the room, but I noticed them singing out the corner of my eye. It was quite a thing to see. Very awesome.
What can you tell us about your LP coming out in December?
Well, it’s 47 minutes worth of what I think are the most honest songs I’ve made so far. It’s a big jump from the stuff I made in the past, but I think people will dig the direction I’m headed with it.
You’re a Brooklyn resident, but grew up in Toledo, OH. When did you move to the city? Did you experience any culture shock?
I moved to Brooklyn right after I graduated from school in 2012. I didn’t really experience that, mostly because I had interned in Brooklyn the summer before my junior year, so I knew what to expect.
How do you feel about the pizza in NYC versus the pizza in Ohio? Where is your favorite place to get pizza in NYC?
Ha. Pizza is pizza to me. There’s so much pizza in NYC that it’s hard to figure out what makes it so unique compared to anywhere else. The best pizza I’ve had in the city is the kind that has been hastily prepared, with lots of toppings thrown onto it in a careless way. Artisanal pizza has no life in it. It’s too perfect. There’s an awesome bar by my apartment called Pizza Party. It looks like a teenager’s bedroom in 1987. They’ve got amazing pizza.
Eno – I got into him when I was in high school, when I heard a semi-new electronic album he made called Another Day on Earth. I really loved the production, so I dug deeper into his discography and found stuff like Music for Airports and Apollo. The first time I heard “Always Returning,” it really affected me, and it definitely changed my approach to music.
I found M83 in high school as well, after sifting through similar artists of other bands I had found on allmusic.com. M83 is the band that really made me want to make electronic music. I just loved how much emotion was in the music, how important the overall human experience was for writing that material. Saturdays = Youth was and still is my favorite album of theirs.
Many of your releases are available on vinyl, as well as digital formats. What appeal do you see in releasing vinyl records?
I have been collecting vinyl since I was a teenager, so it’s still mind-blowing that my own material has been pressed onto wax. I see a huge resurgence in vinyl sales. CDs have no life to them. A vinyl record is a true physical piece of music. You can feel it in the grooves. I love how much customization you can have with vinyl as well. All the colors, the options, and the sleeve art are so important in conveying the message of an album.
What can we expect to see from you during your tour?
I guess you’ll have to come out and see for yourself! Expect to see a show I’m incredibly excited to play every single night!
Upcoming tour dates:
10/21/2015 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl at Center Stage
10/23/2015 – Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge
10/25/2015 – Birmingham, ALSaturn
10/26/2015 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
10/27/2015 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
10/28/2015 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/30/2015 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
10/31/2015 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
11/2/2015 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
11/3/2015 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/4/2015 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
11/5/2015 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
11/6/2015 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/7/2015 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
11/10/2015 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
11/11/2015 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
11/12/2015 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
11/13/2015 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater
11/14/2015 – Chicago, IL – Metro
11/16/2015 – Rock Island, IL – Rozz-Tox
11/17/2015 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
11/20/2015 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
11/21/2015 – Fort Collins, CO – Downtown Artery
11/24/2015 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
12/3/2015 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
12/4/2015 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
12/5/2015 – Los Angeles, CA – The Lost Room