Voted Best Rock Band in the Shepherd Express ‘Best of Milwaukee 2010 Awards’,
Band of the Year in the 88.9fm Radio Milwaukee ‘Milwaukee Music Awards’, and
nominated for two 2011 WAMI Awards, I’m Not A Pilot has been performing for
audiences of all ages since they released their self-titled debut EP in mid 2009.
Known to many as Milwaukee’s ‘guitar-less’ indie rock band, I’m Not A Pilot has
performed in venues all over Milwaukee and at many summer music festivals
including Bastille Days, Summer Soulstice, Cornerstone, and Summerfest as a
headliner. INAP has also performed live on Milwaukee's 91.7fm WMSE, 88.9fm
WYMS, and 89.7 WUWM and has been featured in Milwaukee's INFO* Magazine,
M:Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, Shepherd Express Weekly,
In November 2010, the classically-infused indie rock band released its first full
length album, Need Money for Rocket Fuel, featuring the guest vocal talents of Rae
Cassidy, Leah Kowalewski from Crooked Keys, and award winning vocalist Jeanna
Salzer from the Jeanna Salzer Band (Milwaukee's Best Female Vocalist, Shepherd
Express 2009, 2010).
I’m Not A Pilot’s success as one of Milwaukee’s major bands results somewhat
from their unique instrumentation. The music can best be described as something
you’ve never heard before, encompassing a cross between Electro Pop and Rock
N’ Roll mixed with symphonic sounds and structure. All songs are written and
constructed around frontman Mark Glatzel's soaring vocals and intricate piano
work. Peter Thomas, cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, adds melodic
and harmonic bursts of energy through his ‘guitar simulated’ electric cello playing.
Adrian Esguerra, (bass) and Steve Vorass (drums) provide the driving rhythm that
fuels the entire sound of the quartet. According to Evan Rytlewski of the Shepherd
Express, "Glatzel's piano and Thomas' cello form the core of INAP's guitar-free
sound, which finds a melodic middle ground between the piano-rock of radio acts
like The Fray and Keane and the indie-pop symphonies of Sufjan Stevens and Matt
"I'm Not A Pilot is four musicians coalescing to reach a state of gestalt by exploring
new sonic territories,” writes Charles Nevsimal of INFO* Magazine, “and in doing so,
they're charting a course to the stars."
Future engagements include a 2011 Summerfest headlining performance on the
Cascio Groove Stage on July 1st, as well as appearances for River Rhythms and
Bastille Days, amongst many others.
For more information, please visit www.imnotapilot.com.