After 3 truly awesome years with us, Adil Baktir is stepping down as bass player for The Sunpilots. He’s heading back to Vienna to pursue other musical directions & we send him all our love for the future.
Adil joined the band in the middle of our 2012 European tour. Our last bass player had quit unexpectedly (overnight) & we were booked to play a festival in France the next week. We’d just moved out of our apartment & were living on the road for the first time, so cancelling the tour would have meant no place to stay. Needless to say we were super stressed.
The A-man learned all our songs, quit his job in Vienna & saved our collective asses. We had the audition over Skype so the first time we met him was when we pulled up outside his place. Luckily he wasn’t a serial killer & turned out to be an awesome dude who will always be one of our bros.
Here’s one of our fave photos from the US tour. Thanks for all the memories mate! Looking forward to sharing some beers & cheese-filled sausages next time we’re in Austria.
PS. We’re announcing our new bass player tomorrow!
Played at a festival on a lake in Switzerland. Killer view from the stage!
I had a pretty big fail during the gig though. It was in the French-speaking part of Switzerland & we’d just come from France. So when I heard everyone speaking French I had a minor brain fart…
First I told the crowd how much we love France. Cue the confused looks… Then I talked about how awesome French wine was. Nothing… I was getting pretty confused by this stage, especially since everyone was going off for the songs.
It wasn’t until 20 minutes later that I heard the other guys’ muffled laughter behind me and Kay finally said “uh… we’re in Switzerland dude.” EPIC FAIL! The crowd thought it was hilarious.
Loading out after the show in Bern. They take the term “underground club” to a whole other level in this part of Switzerland. All the cool bars & venues are in basements under the street. Felt a bit like performing in a bunker- awesome vibe, but the load out sucks! Need roadies…
The place is called ONO & it’s a regular haunt of ours. The guys are super supportive of the arts and always let us crash with ’em. Which is lucky because Switzerland is stupidly expensive. Bought a ham & cheese sandwich from a grocery store and it cost 8 euro?!
(Live in Bern, Switzerland)
Backstage in Bern, Switzerland. Bob is a total guitar nerd, always fine-tuning his baby before shows…
Our little van is packed Tetris-style so we can’t take spare guitars on the road. It’s kinda risky but he changes his strings before every gig to be “extra safe”. Nothing kills the vibe more than having to stop for 5 minutes in the middle of a ripping solo!
It’s fun giving him grief when he’s in the zone, but in 4 years of non-stop touring he’s only broken a string twice on stage. Pretty impressive! We love our Bob.