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Today we discuss about the creative process behind the songwriting with Caleb and Drew of Friday Pilots Club. The band has recently released ‘Glory’, their first single under Big Machine/John Varvatos Records imprint. More on their new record deal HERE. 


How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?

Caleb: We usually text back and forth about a subject and then meet up and work it into the piece.


In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?

Drew: Integrity without a doubt. And not that every song needs to be super serious, but that you are being honest with yourself about if the music + lyrics serves the thesis of the song.

Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/ experience to strangers through your music?

Caleb: Yes, but only the fear that it wont be taken as seriously as I take it.


What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?

Drew: “I’m wanted by a god who’s so afraid of death, he’s starting to become it”

Caleb: “Witless wonderer wondering why less is never more”


What inspired “Glory”, your latest song?

Drew: Glory is about a struggle with grief, mortality, and a relationship between a fear of death and fulfillment in life. In order to overcome tragedy and create change in yourself and in the world around you, you must be prepared for a metaphorical death: the death of the current version of yourself, your old habits, innocence, and compliance with the hand you’ve been dealt. Glory is about coming to terms with that in order to create a life with purpose.


And “End of It”?

Caleb: ‘End of It’ is about moving on after a long relationship and struggling with finding intimacy again.

Do you remember the day you wrote “Would You Mind”?

Drew: Yeah it was a cold and dreary day which is probably why the song came out like it did.


When is a new album?

Caleb: Cant say right now, but hopefully within the year.


What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?

Drew: Learn to let go. You (the artist) are the only person that cares about super small insignificant things in a song and spending hours making tweaks that no-one will notice besides you is a waste of time.


What are your plans for 2019?

Caleb: World Domination.

To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:

  • Define in one word your song “Glory”: Drew – Conquer.
  • The best show you ever played: Caleb – Our last show at Scubas in Chicago.
  • The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Caleb – Carbohydrates (I’m a type 1 diabetic).
  • The soundtrack of your childhood: Drew – The first 3 Linkin Park records.
  • Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Caleb – Hozier’s “Someone New”.
  • Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Drew – If it doesn’t feel right to be with someone on the first date, that is probably not going to change.
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