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Interview: Autopilot Bleed Alt Rock Style

October 31, 2007 – 13:13 by John

What’s this? A South African band with style? Autopilot are breaking into some seriously new terrain here. Overtone has a quick chat with the five-piece Capetonians ahead of the Battle for Woodstock.

Autopilot on Overtone

Bridgette: (vocals) A mixture of commercial soulful rock, jazz and R&B
Shane: (guitar, vocals) Alternative rock
Sykes: (guitar) Alternative rock
Dutch: (bass) Rock
Nixx: (drums) I love mixing various forms of music, from rock, to jazz, to funk, I try to incorporate it all in one. As a drummer it puts a different vibe to songs if you have screaming guitars with a sweet rock/jazz beat!

B: From a wee young age. Round about from when I was 7 years old.
Sh: Since about twelve years ago
Sy: I’ve been playing guitar since I was 14. Before that, started blowing the tune to ‘Born in the USA’ by The Boss through the barrel of a broken toy gun I had when I was 6.
D: Since for ever. As Autopilot, December 2006.
N: I’ve been playing drums for around 6 years and I started my first band 3 months into drumming. We would all sit together, talk rubbish and write.

Autopilot on OvertoneB: Solo artists such as Bonnie Tyler, Annie Lenox, Alanis Morissette, Kelly Clarkson, Amy Winehouse and India Arie
Groups such as Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Live, Roxette, The Fray and, of course, U2
Sh: The Smashing Pumpkins and Our Lady Peace
Sy: Mia, Nirvana, Flickerstick, Therapy?, Seether and the Wombles of Wimbledon (common are we)
D: The HOFF (the only answer that saves you if you don’t really know)
N: For me personally it would have to be Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, Billy Talent, Kings of Leon and Lost Prophets. Yet I’ve never forgotten my roots – Nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty and Baa Baa Black Sheep

B: Anywhere with a good sound and great audience will do me just fine
Sh: We love Mercury Live for the size of the place, but the best sound and stage set up has to be ROAR in Obz
Sy: Madison Square Gardens, US
D: My ideal venue would be ROAR or Independent Armchair Theatre, and for acoustic shows Bertie’s Mooring
N: Cheeee, I would have to say the great Wembley Stadium.

B: For the passion and the love of it, for the positive response of people loving it and for my band’s facial expressions of loving
it. Nothing more and nothing less…
Sh: Music is everything. It excites you when you are happy, drives you when you may lack determination and consoles you when you are down
Sy: Music is the one thing that everybody in this world has in common and loves. To see the joy in another’s eyes is an inspiration to write
D: For the love and fun of it
N: I could say 3 words to sum it up: LOVE FOR MUSIC! It’s a passion that I’m sure I was born with and it’s something that will hopefully never leave me

Catch them at Battle For Woodstock, chump! Hey, it’s sponsored by Durex, it’s gonna be great.

Battle for Woodstock

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