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‘Blacked Out’ ‘is the first release for Jacob Thrum’s solo project JAGA. Blacked Out is a 2.56 minute rollercoaster ride that you don’t want to get off of. Following the single release is the announcement of JAGA’s debut EP ‘Disturbia’ on July 9th.

You’ve just released your first single under the moniker of Jaga.

I have. I think it was a good choice for a first single.

It certainly was. It has such a vibe to it, and it is so different.

Thank you. That’s what I was aiming for. Being my first solo project, and just entering the world with it, it has been kind of nerve wracking having something so different. You still try to have aspects of what is relevant within the scene at the moment, but you have to do what comes out naturally and not force it. There are some songs on the EP that will be coming out that have some crazy sounds on them. It’s wicked, it is going to be awesome.

I’m a big fan of different and it is so good to see so much interesting music coming out at the moment.

I was talking to someone the other day about the recordings that local bands are putting out. They are crazy, people have taken production on themselves. All of my stuff was done by Callen (Batson) from Days Like These, I’ve been friends with him for awhile. We started writing this time last year and the final product is starting to come out now. Callen produced the songs and has co-written them with me. It’s a good way for me to get things out that I can’t do with the band. (Jacob is also in alt/rock band Tragic Me). There is heavy music deep in the heart that you have to get out somehow.

I interviewed someone the other day who is more a blues musician and I said to him I love most music, but I will always have a Deathcore heart, I need that heavy in my life.

It’s funny, when Callen and I first started this I said to him I didn’t want it to be to heavy, but this is just what naturally came out. It’s not heavy, heavy but it’s definitely got that aspect of hardcore in a way.  

You’ve been busy if you have written enough for an EP.

Yeah I have five written and I have a few dates with Callen over the next few months to write some more and get started on the next EP.

Where did Blacked Out come from?

It’s not a personal experience, I like to write from an outside point of view. It’s being manipulated within a relationship and having the courage to get up and leave it. Taking control of your own life and not letting other people rule it. It was funny actually because after I released it I had people messaging me asking me if I was okay and saying that the lyrics were pretty fucked up! I’m fine and the song is not about me.

You can write fucked up lyrics in heavier songs because that angsty feels match the music.

Yeah that’s right, it’s not like it’s a pop song which needs to be happy and feel good.

Your EP ‘Disturbia’ comes out in July.

Yes. I have two more singles coming out prior to the release. One on the 21st May and the other a week before ‘Disturbia’ drops. It’s been a bit of a tricky one to navigate with releases because Tragic Me is also in the middle of releasing an EP, we have a single dropping Friday (Dances Alone). I haven’t fucking stopped really. I promote mine and then I’m like ‘Oh also…..’ (laughs)

The joys of being in two bands I guess!!

If you haven’t given Blacked Out a spin yet go have a suss below of the video clip and keep your eyes peeled for some more new music from the JAGA camp.



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