Interview By: Jenna Melanson
Photo Credit: George Wingham
Saskatoon, SK based indie alternative band, Autopilot has recently released a new record, “Desert Dreams” , which is a follow up to the band’s full length album, “Diamond Rough”. The band is currently on tour throughout Canada & US, you can see the dates below the interview!
First off, can you introduce yourself to the readers?
My name is Marlon. I sing and play guitar in Autopilot, an indie alt-rock band out of Saskatoon.
How did you meet and form?
Jose and I met through a mutual friend and Jose introduced Colton and I. We all connected really well early on. The music just came naturally to us as a group.
How did you choose the name, “Autopilot”?
I don’t really remember, it was so long ago. Autopilot is the name we’ve played under since before we could even get into the bars.
You released “Desert Dreams” in April, how has the response been?
It’s really been crazy. The response in Canada and in the USA has been great. It’s turning out to be our most successful release to date and has resulted in some pretty awesome shows for this fall North American tour.
How would you say your sound has changed since your full length album, “Diamond Rough”?
I think this is a good continuation from Diamond Rough. Songwriting is always something I strive to get better at with every album and we have already been writing for our next album. We expect the sound to change even more from the last two releases.
You are about to take off on tour, is there a stop you are most excited about?
We have some great festivals lined up like AYE Fest in Cincinnati, and Indie Week and TwiMFeST in Toronto. We are excited to be playing more Canadian dates as we have mostly been playing the States for Desert Dreams so far. Returning to the Midwest and Pianos in NYC will be a lot of fun as well. So I guess I’m pretty excited about the whole thing.
You will be playing Indie Week in Toronto, is this your first time?
Yeah it’s our first time at Indie Week. From my experience at festivals like CMW, there’s something about these types of festivals where you meet a lot of great people, bands and make new friends. I have a feeling this will be a similar experience. It’ll be nice to be in Toronto for a week and get out of the van for awhile.
What can someone who has yet to see you perform live expect from your show?
We like to have a high energy show and at points bring the music into a spacey place with building reverb and delay. We just love playing live and having the songs come to life on stage.
Do you tend to play strictly original songs during your shows, or do you throw in some covers? If so, what is your favourite cover to perform?
We don’t play covers ever. We have been asked to by venues a couple times, but we don’t. We always want people to come to our show because they want to hear Autopilot songs, not hear how good we can play a Black Keys song.
Up until now in your music career, what has been the highlight?
We have had a lot of highlights this year so it’s hard to pick one. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and play so many different places. I think the biggest highlight of every tour is playing with so many great bands and meeting new people.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are you current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
We listen to a lot of Canadian music but some favourites are The Mounties, Matt Mays, Rural Alberta Advantage and of course prairie favourites with great new records are Rah Rah and Library Voices. Oh yeah, and pretty much anything John K. Samson does.
Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
We really appreciate the support and look forward to seeing people out at the show. We can also be tracked down easily online if anyone wants to talk about records or something to help us kill some time on these long drives.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sun, Oct 4 – Kansas City MO – Buffalo Room
Tues, Oct 6 – St Louis MO -Blank Space
Wed, Oct 7 – Louisville KY – Third Street Dive
Thurs Oct 8 – Columbus OH – HOUSE PARTY (private show)
Fri, Oct 9 – Windsor ON – Dominion House
Sat, Oct 10 – Detroit MI – Phoenix Cafe
Sun, Oct 11 – Cincinnati, OH – Maudie’s, AYE Fest
Thur, Oct 15, – The Supermarket, Toronto, ON – Indie Week
Fri, Oct 16 – Brooklyn Bar, Toronto, ON – Indie Week
Mon, Oct 19 – Oshawa – Wasted Space
Tues, Oct 20 – London – The APK
Wed, Oct 21 – Hamilton – Homegrown Hamilton
Thur, Oct 22 – Peterborough – The Garnet
Sat, Oct 24 – Guelph – Van Gogh’s Ear
Sun, Oct 25 – Ottawa – Rainbow Bistro
Mon, Oct 26 – Montreal – Allure
Thur, Oct 29 – Quebec City – Bar le Scanner
Sat, Oct 31 – New Brunswick NJ – the Court Tavern
Sun, Nov 1 – Bridgeport, CT – Two Boots
Wed, Nov 4 – Dayton, OH – The South Park Tavern
Thur, Nov 5 – Indianapolis, IN -the Melody Inn
Fri, Nov 6 – Toronto – Tennessee – TWiMFeST
Sat, Nov 7 – Utica – The Dev
Sun, Nov 8 – NYC – Pianos
Mon, Nov 9 – Kent, OK – The Stone Tavern
Tues, Nov 10 – Muncie, IN – Be Here Now
Fri, Nov 13 – Winnipeg – the Cavern
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.