Get To Know:: The Banshee Pilot


Members: Gage
Emmerson (Vocals), Brandan Lee Keller (Bass), Anthony Cipolla (Drums), Nick
Alfonsi (Guitar), Tim Hicks (Guitar)
Genre: Alternative
Location: Detroit,
Recent Release: “If
You Wanted Riches, Honey, You Should’ve Married a Doctor”

Detroit alt rockers, The Banshee Pilot, released their self-titled and self-produced EP back in October. Reminiscent of My Chemical Romance and Panic! At The Disco, the Banshee Pilot brings a nostalgic feel with their music. The band, who recently released a music video for “If You Wanted Riches, Honey, You Should’ve Married A Doctor,” will be heading out on the road later this year in support of their EP. Get to know more about The Banshee Pilot below!

How did The Banshee Pilot form and come to be what it is today?
Anthony: We’re honestly just 4 normal
guys that really wanted to be able to spread a message and ‘reach out’ to
people so to speak, and the one thing we all had in common was a passion for
music and a passion for creativity.  It’s what we love.  Naturally,
we began jamming with each other and then The Banshee Pilot kind of just,
happened.  We can’t wait for everyone to see and hear everything we’ve
been working on in the very near future. Welcome to the world of The Banshee

Who are some of your musical influences – both as a band and individually?
Band influences:
My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Linking Park, Eminem, Justin Bieber

Anthony: Linkin
Park, My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Panic at the Disco, Justin Bieber, The
Brandan: My
Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Underoath
Nick: Slash/Guns
and Roses, Linkin Park, Third Eye Blind, Drake, Bieber, Eminem
Tim: My Chemical
Romance, I the Mighty, Relient K, Saosin, Taking Back Sunday, Periphery, Brand
Gage: My Chemical
Romance, Slipknot, John Mayer, Eminem, The Used

What do you enjoy most about playing shows?
Anthony: The
energy.  The feeling of performing on
stage in front of people is the greatest feeling in the world.  Seeing friends, family, and especially fans
supporting you makes all the hard work you put in day after day, night after
night worth while.  It’s what I live
for.  Music is my life and will always be
my passion.

What I
enjoy most about playing shows is putting on my costume and losing myself in
the music on stage with my best friends

It’s a hard
feeling to explain, but it’s such an incredible feeling being on stage and
letting go of all emotion and just doing what I love

I enjoy the
energy and sense of purpose I obtain from seeing people in the crowd enjoying
our set.  When you go from being the only
guy in the pit throwing down for every second of your friend’s band to
switching roles and joining that band and sharing the stage with them and see
other people going crazy and feeling the music you’ve created, it’s a feeling
of clarity

I love the
fact that I get to share something I’ve worked so hard on with others and the
energy.  There’s no feeling like it.

What do you do when you’re not playing music?
Anthony: When I
am not playing music (with Banshee), I am a full time music producer/ audio
engineer at my home studio, AC Studios.
I work with all different styles of music but primarily focus on Hip
Hop, Rap, Pop, and Alternative music.  I
also am an occasional gamer and play games such as Halo and Battlefront

I work
as a filmmaker and photographer.  I love
good storytelling; in music, television, films, and video games.  

When I’m
not playing music, I’m writing it.  If
I’m not writing it, I’m watching a movie or selling parts at the Lincoln
Dealership I am employed at

I am a
dedicated video game player with games such as the Assassin’s Creed series as
well as The Legend of Zelda franchise.
During the winter months I enjoy snowboarding.

I live the
nerd life.  Comic books, video games,
listening to music of some sort, or writing.

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