Nominated for: BEST Local Bands
Milwaukee indie rock band I’m Not a Pilot takes its name from frontman Mark Glatzel’s musings on the idea of the control - or lack of it – one has over life. Mark often eludes to being a passenger on a plane knowing the destination of his journey, though uncertain of what the route will bring him through. With a cache of intricately melodic songs about this uncertainty, Mark recruited brother Matthew Glatzel on bass guitar and drummer Steve Vorass Jr. (both formerly from Stükenberg) to complement his keyboard and vocals, and to help realize his vision. Peter Thomas, a cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, began to sit in on rehearsals which soon turned into an invitation to join the band. The line-up complete, I’m Not a Pilot released its first self-titled EP in 2009 on Branch Records. Explosive with the rolls and crashes of Vorass’ drums and sonic textures of piano and cello, the EP introduces Mark’s dark lyrical content with warm vocal melodies and rich harmonies from Chicago-based jazz singer, Ami Moss (from Ami Moss & the Unfortunate).
After a year of local recognition as “Milwaukee’s guitar-less rock band,” and with a full length album nearly completed, INAP’s Matthew Glatzel handed the bass strings over to songwriter Adrian Esguerra, who had recently moved from Seattle to Milwaukee. With Adrian contributing new bass parts, INAP finished and independently self-released its first full length album Need Money for Rocket Fuel in November 2010. Live appearances on WMSE 91.7fm, WYMS 88.9fm and WUWM 89.7fm helped quickly establish the band as local favorites with their blend of classical and rock music garnering an impressively diverse fan base of young and old. Perhaps that’s what happens when a band does a mash-up of a Radiohead hit single and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude to Solo Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major” as they do on their cover of “Creep.” Darkness is evident on title track, “Need Money for Rocket Fuel” picking up on “Too Late”, and “A Lot to Say”. Tight drum and bass grooves on “Operation” bridge the way to INAP’s brightest yet most bittersweet tracks found on “When the Show Starts” and “Ami’s Song” which inspired one of the band’s first music videos. Although sometimes described with sounds similar to the likes of Keane, The Fray and Arcade Fire, the band continues to develop its original sound while supporting the arts and independent music in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Currently the quartet is recording their next album with Producer Joe Puerta (Ambrosia/ Bruce Hornsby & the Range) & Producer/Engineer Jack Letourneau at The Exchange in Milwaukee, WI. Despite pressing demand they are putting in every possible moment to craft their next album.
Under the wing of Olson Entertainment Group's Stacey Olson, INAP made their first trip to the 2013 NACA Conference and are starting to book nationwide for the next year 2013-2014.
Voted Best Rock Band 2010 and 2011 in Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express Weekly and Best Rock Band 2010 at WYMS 88.9fm Radio Milwaukee’s Independent Music Awards, INAP embraced the stages of festivals such as Summer Soulstice, Cornerstone, Rock the Green and SXSW and headlined slots at Summerfest, Bastille Days and Tosa Tonight. At the Wisconsin Area Music Awards 2012 cellist Peter Thomas walked away with Best String Player Award following his contribution to Sean "Puff Daddy” Combs’ Oscar-Winning documentary, “Undefeated”. They have been featured in Milwaukee's INFO* Magazine, M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, The Onion’s AV Club, and On.Milwaukee.com. Their music can be found on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Amazon, and CD Baby. More information can be found at imnotapilot.com.