Pilot Touhill

From LA to Anchorage, Pilot Touhill brings a blend of reggae and hip/hop

Chris DesOrmeaux | TDL | May 7, 2015

The Road to Warped Tour will be hitting Anchorage for it’s second annual day long festival on June 17th. This year there is a venue change from last year to the Sullivan Arena, outdoors. With such big name headliners as New Found Glory, We Came As Romans, Memphis May Fire, and others, there are national bands that you may not be as familiar with.


In this Road to Warped Tour special, I am highlighting Pilot Touhill. I was able to catch a few minutes from Pilot this week. He is from New York but has been transplanted to LA for the past 17 years. He is the only child to his widowed mother. He moved her out to California last year, as he explained that she is his only family left. From talking to him the sense of family importance definitely came through.


The Daily Ledge: Growing up what kind of artists influenced you musical taste?


Pilot Touhill:  Some of my favorite artists growing up were Beastie Boys, The Police, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steel Pulse, Bob Marley, Biggie. My dad’s favorites were Johnny Cash & Frank Sinatra and my mom loved classic rock so I definitely took all of that in too as far as influences.


TDL:  I really enjoy the song Head to Toe. What is your favorite song to perform and why?


PT: Whatever is freshly written is usually my favorite thing to perform because its new & exciting to perform live.


TDL: From listening to your songs, it sounds like there are a lot of different styles of influences. Does each member bring their own types of influences to the table?


PT: There are many things I miss about being in a band but one of the best things about being a solo artist is that you get to work with so many different people. So not only are you using your own influences but you’re constantly getting different people’s new ideas & styles meshing with what you bring as well. Some are magical and some not so magical but its fun ride.


TDL: I hear hip hop, classic rock feel, and of course reggae. How does this help you guys stand out from the everyday reggae that people might be used to hearing? (Continued)


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