We’re counting down the days until iDKHOW unleash their debut album Razzmatazz on Friday and fans are eagerly anticipating the return of Dallon Weekes to the frontman role, something he hasn’t done since his last musical venture The Brobecks.
Last week Wall of Sound‘s Bree Vane sat down with the man to discuss how this new project is focusing more on the fun times that come with being in a band, rather than the business side of things – e.g when you’re in someone else’s band and it seems more like a job or chore – and it turns out, that was the case with one of his other entities as Dallon revealed to us:
It took a while to sort of find myself again in that role. I think that was true for Ryan as well. I think when you’re hired to play in someone’s band, you have to fill the role that they assigned you to.
He adds that his time in Panic! At The Disco (from 2009-2017) wasn’t the ideal situation for a musician like him, and it wasn’t as fun or rewarding as his latest project:
The longer I was in Panic, the more restricted that role became, you know, sort of relegated to the side of the stage and getting pushed more to the side and more rules. You’re not allowed to move over or talk or anything. So, creating music became more of a job than anything else.
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For the last eight years I've had the incredible opportunity to perform in Panic! At The Disco. While I’m sad to announce that my time with Panic! has come to an end, I’m excited to continue making music with my new project ‘I Don’t Know How But They Found Me’ @idkhow . I’m grateful for the chance I’ve had to be part of Panic! At The Disco for nearly a decade. I will always consider myself indebted to those who made me feel welcome to be a part of P!ATD. You changed my life. Thank you all.
But at the end of the day, it’s all about the fun you have making music and performing it together, and it sounds like he’s found that spark again with fellow bandmate Ryan Seaman:
Life and new careers take you on different paths, but we always stayed in contact and it seems like any time I ended up making a demo or recording on the side, Ryan was always my go to guy that I would call up to do drums. And so whenever I started recording iDKHOW songs, I kept calling him to come in…
For Ryan and I, I think we both had the same philosophy that this is supposed to be fun first, and if it’s not fun, then you need to change something.
People grow over the years and when you mature, you find out what’s best for you, what makes you happy and where you can see yourself staying for a long period of time and we feel (and hear) that Dallon Weekes has found his calling with iDKHOW. Very much looking forward to the future of what this band has to offer!
iDKHOW release Razzmatazz on October 23rd via Fearless Records.
Pre-orders are here.
iDKHOW – Razzmatazz tracklisting:
1. Leave Me Alone
3. Mad IQs
4. Nobody Likes The Opening Band
5. New Invention
6. From The Gallows
8. Sugar Pills
9. Kiss Goodnight
10. Lights Go Down
11. Need You Here
13. Tomorrow People