MIDNIGHT PILOT INTERVIEW
With Grant (lead singer / writer) and Kyle (lead guitar / writer).
What are you listening to lately ?
Grant: Some of my favorites right now are Mark Knopfler, Blake Mills, Joe Pisapia, Roy Orbison, Electric Light Orchestra, Vetiver and Tobias Jesso Jr. on top of hundreds of others. On any given month I'm usually obsessing over an older artist that I've rediscovered, and also trying to find a new band or artist that I really dig. Those are a few of the highlights.
Kyle: Colony House, Phantom Planet
If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?
Grant: Rock Pop Americana Alternative. That pretty much encapsulates our sound I would say.
Kyle: Americana, Indie, Pop, Rock
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Grant: I secretly enjoy some Miley Cyrus songs, like "Party in the USA" or "Wrecking Ball", and then I'm probably a little too into "Toxic" by Britney Spears. A great song is just a great song, no matter who sings it. Whoever wrote those ones knew what they were doing.
Kyle: Hmmm… Probably a few pop tracks I’m not proud of
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Grant: I would say i'm primarily influenced by old records. My favorites are "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys, "Out of the Blue" by Electric Light Orchestra, "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon, anything by The Everly Brothers, and honestly most of the songs that were popular in the 60's across the board
Kyle: I was a little bit, but more of my influences came from the 90’s and 2000’s. Grant listened to much older music than me. Early Coldplay, Switchfoot and Lovedrug records were huge influences in my life.
When and why did you start playing?
Grant: I started writing and playing guitar when I was 14 or 15. I was always better at music than anything else that was going on in my life. My older brother wrote songs and I really looked up to him, so I think that's when I began to write. I really liked the creative process of making songs, and I felt like I could really get things across creatively that couldn't be fulfilled by anything else in my life.
Kyle: I started playing guitar in the 6th grade. At first it was a ton of blues guitar and a little bit of heavy rock guitar. We were playing just to have fun and eventually started writing our own songs. By the 9th grade, we made our first record of all original tunes.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Grant: When we were all in high school, we used Kyle's parents house to essentially do a lock-in for a week while they were out of town. We sound-proofed the house, got all the equipment together and made an entire record in about a weeks time. It was a blast creating the whole thing ourselves and being around each other for that amount of time. We really had a great time and it set the stage for how we would continue to create records in the future.
Kyle: Each record that we make stands out in my mind as a unique experience. They all hold such a special place in my life. Our first record was fun because it was the first time we ever recorded ourselves. We did it in closets at our church. Our second record was so special because it was the first time we recorded the whole thing on our own. We converted my entire house into a studio and we recorded when my parents were out of town for 3 days. The next record was the first record we made in Nashville and we got to do it in a very famous studio called “Ocean Way.” Since then, it has just been fun to slowly hone in on our craft.
What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?
Grant: I just can't get into Metal or Screamo music. It just feels like i'm being assaulted when I hear it. I understand the concept behind why people like it, but I personally can't listen to it.
Kyle: I am not a very big fan of current country music or metal. I actually don’t have a very wide range of music I listen to.
Best track you've ever written and why?
Grant: "Give Me What You Gave To Him" is probably my favorite that we've made. The textures we used really worked well together and it gets really epic at the end. It's a slow burner, and a memorable melody. I like those things a lot.
Kyle: Grant does most of the writing for these songs. But one song that I had a lot to do with that I am extremely proud of is a track called “Better Man.” I came up with a few of the string melodies that are all over that song. Composing and tracking string parts is one of my favorite parts of the entire process. So that song was special to me.
Do you consider to record/do a live album?
Grant: I would love to do that down the line sometime. We have spent most of our time as a band making records, without having a ton of live shows, so we'd have to work on it before we made a live record, but I'm absolutely interested in doing it in the future if the demand is there.
Kyle: We haven’t really thought much about that. I think we are about to go into a phase where we make a bunch of short EP’s that all sound very different. Maybe one of those could be a live EP. We did shoot a series of YouTube videos that we entitled “Grantland Sessions” where we did some live acoustic versions of our songs. They are online now.
What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
Grant: I personally have not been outside of North America, which I am very sad about, but the furthest from home I've played is in Victoria, BC Canada.
Kyle: Probably a few months ago. We played in New York City and in upper Pennsylvania.
What can people expect to see at your live performances?
Grant: Well you can expect us to play rock n roll. We like playing high energy music when we play live, and we really want the crowd to get into it with us.
Kyle: They can expect to see us have fun. We just like to have fun making music. We are all such good friends and that translates on stage. We throw in a few awesome covers as well.
Midnight Pilot - Midnight Pilot
Midnight Pilot is het debuutalbum van de gelijknamige band.
Midnight Pilot. De vierkoppige band uit Nashville, Tennessee beschikt over een eigen unieke sound. Op het album staan twaalf
knap geschreven songs. De heldere productie zorgt voor een aangenaam geluid die het best te typeren is als een combinatie van americana en indie met een vleugje pop. De muziek van het viertal boeit vanaf het eerste moment. De teksten zijn knap geschreven en verhalend. Dit is echt een prima debuut album die ik met erg veel plezier heb mogen beluisteren. Mijn favoriete nummers op het album zijn 'Give Me What You Gave To Him' en het werkelijke prachtige 'By My Side'. Midnight Pilot is een zeer talentvolle band waar we in de toekost vast nog veel van gaan horen.