January 17, 2014

Time Pilot

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Zach Watson, lead singer of Time Pilot, a local band from Atlanta, Georgia. I asked a few questions regarding the band itself and the local music scene of Atlanta. Time Pilot is currently in the process of recording a new EP entitled "Mirror Sounds" which is expected in March.

(Zach Watson, lead vocals; Sepehr Pourshiravi, Guitar; Jack Muccino, Bass; Diego Hermoza, Guitar; Dylan Regan, Drums)

What genre or subgenre would you label Time Pilot? How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard of you guys or a public audience? 
Indie Rock - we try to experiment with some sounds you wouldn’t typically hear in the genre but yeah, for the most part Indie Rock or, like, Alt-Rock I guess.

How would you describe what a live show would be like visually and musically?
If the budget was larger we’d hope to be able to put on a crazy show kind of like Of Montreal does their live show (way over the top) but as of right now we’re using strobes that go along with the spacey and dreamy sort of lyrics in our songs. Overall a Time Pilot show would have a lot of energy, which is what we strive for. To see everyone jumping around to the music is a great feeling.
How old is everyone? 
Youngest is 17 - Oldest is 19. Most of the guys are seniors in high school, I’m in my first year at community college.

How do you balance school work with music? 
Badly *laughs*, thankfully I have a flexible schedule so we end up being able to do maybe 1-2 band practices a week.

Is your family supportive of Time Pilot? 
It’s 50/50. I’d say my mom doesn't care much - she just wants me to get a degree and do something with my life just like most parents I guess. My dad is very supportive though, I think he wished he’d gotten into music himself when he was my age and is happy that I am interested in it now. He’s a frustrated music critic.

How did you guys form the band in the first place? How do you all know each other? 
We’ve all known each other for a long time. Diego and I were childhood friends and we’ve always been interested in music but we’ve always been in separate projects. We know each other from school pretty much though, I guess you could say the band happened organically.

Why did you guys pick the name ‘Time Pilot’? Is there meaning behind it? 
It’s the name of an old arcade game but none of us have actually ever played it, (heard in background: “It’s alright!”) I hear it’s alright though.

Who are your musical and non-musical influences? 
The Strokes are a huge influence of Time Pilot. I grew up listening to a lot of Strokes and other 2000’s Rock like The Killers and Hot Hot Heat in the car with my dad, he used to play them when he drove me to school, I was probably like 6 or 7. So definitely I’d say there’s a lot of that in our music. Non-musical but more stage presence oriented - Of Montreal, Young the Giant. Love the theatrics and craziness of Of Montreal, and Sameer Gadhia just has some incredible energy.

Favorite new bands recently? 
I’ve been really into King Krule’s new album (6 ft. Beneath the Moon), Young the Giant (self-titled first album) technically that isn’t ‘new’ since it was released in 2010 but I guess I’ve been listening to it a lot recently. Super excited for Young the Giant’s new album.

In one word could you describe the Georgia music scene? 
“...Uhhh” Can that be my word? I guess I’d say it’s sparse. As a whole it’s just very loose, very unorganized. I don’t think Atlanta really knows what it wants to be. Lotta shitty high school bands around here, lotta cover bands and dad-rock bands. But I think there are also a lot of talented musicians.

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