Many people would credit Roger Miret for not only creating, but perfecting New York Hardcore music. As the vocalist for one of the most prominent bands in it’s genre, Agnostic Front, Miret is no stranger to vocalizing what he believes in. As much as he is and has been dedicated to music for most of his life, his most important dedication is to his children. His upbringing in the hardcore scene has given him the life experience necessary to evaluate what is most important to him and put his values in your face not only through his band, but through his actions as a parent.
I’ve seen Agnostic Front play many times, and I’d say that if he is half as passionate of a parent as he is a singer, then he has some pretty lucky kids. I’ve never left an Agnostic Front show anything less than completely blown away, and was honored that Roger took the time to answer our “Rad Dad” question set. I was pleased to find he is all too human, learning from his lessons in life and using them to build himself as a better man and father. Roger’s answers left me feeling like I had seen another Agnostic Front show. I was humbled, impressed and inspired. Enjoy!
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
Hello my name is Roger Miret. I am singer and song writer for Agnostic Front, but most importantly, I am a father. Being a dad is everything to me! I love my family and the values that we live by. I share those same strong values I hold lyrically in most of my songs with my family. Because my two youngest children are still little, (Havi is 6,and Desi is 4) I limit my time out on the road to keep a perfect home balance with my family. I also have a wonderful older daughter (Nadia is 26).
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Just being a dad is awesome! I like to consider myself a modern-day dad only because I live in a modern world! “This is a modern world!” (The Jam). I am very old fashioned when it comes to values. I believe that good values, along with love, care, and respect for your children go a long way. I am obligated as a dad to educate my children for a successful life. I want to instill in them a good moral compass, and a strong sense of self so that they can thrive and be good people.
3. How did becoming a father change your life?
It completely changed my life, and for the better! I was a young, rebellious street kid in and out of trouble, always challenging the world. Violence, poverty, and struggling for survival impacted my life. Not until I received a hard bid with the State of NY did it come to me that it wasn’t all about me anymore. I was hurting my family first and putting them through hard times. At the time my oldest daughter was only 9 months old. Looking at her on visits and watching her cry because she wanted me to come home just straightened the crap out of my life! That was the turning point in my life. I made a promise to myself to never reach those lows again. My record “One Voice” lyrically will take you on a journey of those hard times… I became a better man.
4. What’s the greatest part about being a dad?
Seriously looking at them smile, making new discoveries and just cuddling with your children is incredible! That makes me feel very rewarded! Absolutely the best!
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
There are so many because my kids are the funniest jokers! We really have so much fun with them. There was this one incident, when my wife had to run off for an errand and left me in charge of the kids. Well I had to take a very important call… fast forward to when the call was over, my son Desi had painted his own head completely in cream cheese! I texted my wife photos of my son and she thought that I had staged the photo so that I would never be allowed to watch the kids again!
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Be an available parent to your children, love your children, and cherish your family. Never threaten or hit your children. Teach them that that is not acceptable! It will go a long way in their lives when they mature and know not to accept physical abuse from anyone! Remember anyone can be a dad, but it takes a real man to be a father and stand by your family!
Thanks so much Roger! I appreciate you taking the time to chat with us. You’ve been an inspiration to so many for years, and I am stoked to find you still an inspiration to all.
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