Future Pilot A.K.A.

Future Pilot A.K.A. is the nom de plume of Glasgow indie musician Sushil K. Dade, a former member of the Soup Dragons, BMX Bandits and Telstar Ponies. Future Pilot's music blends classic indie pop with Indian classical, dub and hip hop influences.

Future Pilot A.K.A.
Birth nameSushil K. Dade
OriginGlasgow, United Kingdom
LabelsCreeping Bent
Associated acts


Dade has released four albums under the Future Pilot name on a variety of record labels, including Stephen Pastel's Geographic and most recently, Creeping Bent. The Future Pilot project is particularly noted for its vast range of collaborators and guest contributions from figures as diverse as composer Philip Glass, writer Alasdair Gray, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Karine Polwart, Can's Damo Suzuki and members of the Glasgow indie scene, including Stuart Murdoch and Teenage Fanclub.


  • Vs A Galaxy of Sound (1999) (Sulphur)
  • Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea (2001) (Geographic)
  • Salute Your Soul (2004) (Geographic)
  • Secrets From the Clockhouse (2007) (Creeping Bent)

Personal life

Having previous worked as a driving instructor, Dade is currently a producer for BBC Radio 3.[1] He is married and has two children, and lives in the Glasgow suburb of Bearsden with his young family.[2]

Other projects

Dade is currently a member of genre-crossing collective The Burns Unit along with Emma Pollock, Chris Difford, King Creosote and Karine Polwart, among others. The supergroup released their debut album in 2009.


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