Indie rock band I’m Not A Pilot is based in Milwaukee, WI and is comprised of Mark Glatzel on vocals and keys, Peter Thomas on cello, Steve Vorass on drums, and Adrian Esguerra on bass
and backing vocals.
Winner of the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee awards for Best Rock Band in 2010 and 2011, I’m Not A Pilot has been entertaining audiophiles of all ages since they released their selftitled debut EP in 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, and Summerfest as a headliner. INAP released their first full length album Need Money For Rocket Fuel in November 2010, and it is available on iTunes, Pandora, Rdio, Spotify, Amazon, and CD Baby. INAP can be heard on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, 91.7 WMSE, 89.7 WUWM, and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.
I’m Not A Pilot’s success as one of Milwaukee’s major bands results from their unique instrumentation. The music can best be described as a cross between Chamber Pop and Rock N’
Roll mixed with symphonic sounds and structure. All songs are written and constructed around front man Mark Glatzel’s vocal melodies and intricate piano work. Peter Thomas, also a cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, adds bursts of energy through his guitar simulated electric cello playing. Adrian Esguerra anchors the harmonic framework on bass guitar with cleverly picked rhythms, and textures. On drums the sound is elevated by Steve Vorass whose talent adds the dynamic quality in the band’s music. According Bobby Tanzillo of OnMilwaukee.com I’m Not A Pilot “conjures both Queen and Keane, thanks to an almost baroque arrangement that recalls Freddie Mercury and Tom Chaplin.”
“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.” [+]