Mitch Mallahan

Mitch Mallahan has been playing music since before he was born. His mother sang and played bass in a country band while pregnant with him (really, I swear). Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Mitch was exposed to the classic country that his mom loved, the 70s and 80s rock that his dad spun on vinyl, and the indie driven grunge rock of Seattle.

Like most teenagers, he played football and golf, but, unlike most teenagers, his true passion was writing songs. After playing in several bands, he felt that the best place for him to hone his craft was Nashville. 

After the 37 hour drive, he quickly jumped into the Nashville scene. He started at Tootsies and worked his way around Broadway. He also immersed himself in the songwriting scene, learning everything he could from anyone who would teach him. When it came time to write and record his debut album, he wanted to pay tribute to all of his musical influences while developing his own sound and style by telling his own story. 

Audio Pilot, let the adventure begin

Audio Pilot Records is all about adventure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? To me, music is a great adventure. Sometimes, music can be a singer/songwriter pouring out truth and beauty. Other times, it's a band that grooves, and moves, and becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. No matter the format, the most important function of music is to "speak" to the listener, to say something. A song should let the listener come along on a journey, either of discovery or of simply feeling good. 

Writing songs is also an adventure. The song and the story will often end up in a completely different direction than when it was started. Drive, for example, started as a story about a guy in the wrong place at the wrong time who was on the run. While we were working on it, though, we decided that we wanted our character (and our fun sounding guitar riff) to be running toward something, not away. We went on a completely different journey from the one we started. That's the fun of creating: the only limit is your own imagination. The artistic process is as much of an adventure as full of hazards and perils as the stories we put our characters through. 

The music industry today is also an adventure. If anyone tells you that they can predict what will happen in the next 5 years, they're pulling your leg. Eight years ago, vinyl was dead. Now, it's thriving. The major labels have been saying that today's conditions make it impossible to develop artists, but over half of this year's Grammy's went to independent artists. So, I guess that those indie artists came out of the womb fully developed (sounds painful for the mother). Today's environment reminds me of the 50s and early 60s. Back then, recording was done by one mic in a room, the artist recorded two songs, and a 7" record was pressed. Of course, these days it's much harder to find a radio station to play indie music, but not impossible. Cool radio stations are out there (see Lightning 100, Nashville). Also, we have YouTube and the internet. 63% of people under 40 find new music through YouTube. In the 50s, a Philadelphia based band really had no chance at being heard in California, but those walls have been torn down.

The most important aspect of the music industry is still the music. Audio Pilot Records has no idea what the future is, but we plan on focusing on music and enjoying the adventure that awaits. "If music be the food of love, play on"...Shakespeare...Twelfth Night.. I sound smart now don't I.