INTERVIEW: Pilot For A Day

With Pilot For A Day releasing a Deluxe Edition of  “Better Air” yesterday July 1st, we had a few questions for the band! Nolan Smith (vocals and guitar), was nice enough to sit down and answer a few of our questions for us exclusively at Melodic Magazine.
Pilot For A DayWith music influences such as Boys Like Girls and The Maine, how do you guys set yourself apart from what’s out there right now?
I’d say the biggest thing that sets us apart is our message. That’s not to say we’re any better or worse than any other band, but I think a lot of people really relate to our lyrics. That’s honestly what most people are looking for, and we mean every word we sing.

What’s the story behind the album title Better Air?
After we had recorded the album, we still hadn’t named it. I was sitting at home one day and a good buddy of mine called me up and said “Let’s go get a tattoo.” So, we did. It was my first tattoo (and now I’m addicted, of course) and I knew I wanted to get some of our lyrics. Better Air was the first thing that came to mind. It’s about how we’re all looking for something more, so I figured it’d be the perfect tattoo. Getting the tattoo made me realize it would be a great name for the album as well.

What is the overall message that you want your fans to take from Better Air?
We are all here for a reason. Each reason is different from the next person’s reason, and that’s okay. We just need to keep our head’s up and live for happiness, no matter what that is to you. So do what you love, because life is far too short to not enjoy every moment we’re here.

If your debut record was a person, what would he or she look like?
Hmmm…. That’s an interesting question haha. Honestly, probably a young kid with big aspirations. You can tell he’s strong and hopeful, but has a lot to learn. It’s really cool thinking about that because that’s who we were when we recorded it. And it’s even cooler thinking about how much different he (our next album) will look from all the ways we’ve changed since then.

Is Better Air a sound that you plan on sticking with, or do you see yourself experimenting with new sounds for your next release?
Parts of it we’ll stick with. Pop music is still where are hearts are, but like I said, we’ve grown a lot. We still want to embrace electronics, but we’ll definitely venture into some other sounds, tones, chord progressions, and instruments with our new music. I’m definitely excited to see where the future takes our sound.

Having formed in 2010, do you feel like you’ve grown both as artists and as people over these past few years?
Absolutely. More than we could’ve imagined. Four years will do a lot for anything you practice, so as musicians we’re miles better. And as people, I think everything has really come together for all of us. I know I’m a completely different person than I was when we started this.

Would you rather be in the studio or out playing a show?
That’s a great question. There’s something really magical about being in the studio. The feeling of creation is something we live for and what gives us motivation to make new music. Truthfully, I’d say being on stage is really where my heart is. The entire reason we do this is to touch people’s lives, and we can’t really do that nearly as well from an isolated room.

What are a few cities that you hope to eventually play in?
Well, we’ve spent the last year or so touring the east coast, which was incredible. I think we’re all very excited to hit some west coast cities like LA, San Francisco, and Vegas. I’m also really excited to eventually hit Austin, TX and Nashville. And of course going overseas is a goal of ours.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned over the past four years?
Do what makes you happy. If you find yourself in a spot where you feel like you hate what you’re doing, you’re in the wrong spot. You really have to train yourself to go with your gut. Because it’s not really your gut, it’s your heart trying to nudge in the right direction, and your heart is never wrong.

What are your plans for this summer and the rest of this year?
Right now we are making a transition to the midwest to focus on getting a good fan base there, so we’ll be playing a lot. As for the rest of the year, we have a goal to have new content out before 2015!

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