Dallon Weekes (Panic! At The Disco) recently spoke to the Rock Sound Podcast about his new band, I Don't Know How But They Found Me. And you can now read this extended interview right below!
HI DALLON! WHAT’S IDKHOW?
Says Dallon: “It’s a little project that I’ve been working on in secret for the last year or so.
“I’ve ended up with some time on my hands and a whole backlog of songs and ideas with no real outlet to use them in, so I just created one in my spare time.
“I made a record, went to a bunch of friends’ places that had studios who were willing to give me an hour here and an hour there to piece this thing together.
“My friend Ryan [Seaman, ex-Falling In Reverse] who I’ve known for like 10 years came in to do the drums on the record, and as I’ve known him for like a decade but we’ve barely gotten to see each other, he was in a similar situation to me, working in touring for another band.
“So we just got talking about wanting to do something in our spare time, and so that’s sort of how the idea of working together came about. But yeah, it’s been fun so far and it’s been fun to see the reactions of fans finding out about what we’ve been doing secretly.”
SO THERE’S AN ALBUM DONE?
“Nearly. It’s been a process just purely because I don’t have a huge budget for this thing, and my skills at recording on my own are pretty limited.
“I’ve been learning over the last year but I still don’t know it all. It’s nearly finished. I could have called it finished a while ago but I wrote a song that I really want to add to the record, so I’m putting the finishing touches on that one right now.”
AND HOW'S THE REST OF THE ALBUM SOUNDING?
"Well, when I was making the record I was listening to a lot of Sparks and '70s Bowie and Jo Jackson, and Oingo Boingo too – stuff like that was pretty influential when I was making this record.
"Not necessarily wanting to sound like any of those artists, but I was listening to a lot of that stuff and wanted to create something that was sorta in the same vein, and had the same appeal to it. So hopefully it’s in that neighbourhood somewhere."
Hear Dallon's full interview on the Rock Sound Podcast below!
SO HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON THIS BETWEEN SHOWS WITH PANIC! AT THE DISCO?
"It kind of was that, yeah. I would be writing stuff while we were on the road, and bits and pieces here and there. It was all pretty casual because there was no pressure to make a record, it was just something I wanted to do.
"So, any spare moment that I had was sitting down to write or record this thing."
IT MUST BE COOL TO BE JUST STARTING OUT AND HAVE A FOLLOWING ALREADY...
"It feels really good. I mean, going into it Ryan and I knew that there would be fans who would give us a chance; regardless of whether it was good or not we were gonna be a little ahead of the game because of that.
"So we didn’t wanna take advantage of or exploit any of the fans that were already there, which is kinda why we started playing in secret.
"We both wanted to find our roles and find out what this thing is going to be, so we decided to start playing around Los Angeles in secret for people who didn’t know who we were, didn’t care what bands we were from, and see what kind of reaction we could get.
"It’s been interesting to see it grow naturally from that, it was important to us that we were as honest in terms of exposing it to people as we could be, and to have it grow as naturally as we can too."
AND THE BAND NAME IS A BACK TO THE FUTURE REFERENCE, RIGHT?
"That came from the film Back To The Future which was a real favourite of mine growing up. It’s that moment when Doc Brown realizes that the Libyan Nationalists have found him in the parking lot of the Twin Pines mall at the top of the movie.
"It’s a movie I really love, probably my favourite movie, but that phrase has always kinda stuck with me. It’s such a cool-sounding phrase, it sounds like there’s more to that sentence than the movie lets you know."
IS THE PLAN TO GET MORE MUSIC OUT SOON?
“Yeah, as soon as possible, really. It’s something that I’ve been working on for a while, and I hadn’t really planned on making it this public as early as it’s been.
“But fans have started to find out what we’ve been doing and showing up to shows and stuff so we’ve had to put everything into a high gear and get it out there as soon as possible.
“And in the most effective way as possible too, we want this thing to be as successful as it can be, so we’re trying to hurry but also be smart about it."
IT SOUNDS LIKE EVEN YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS!
“We knew that there would be Panic! fans and Falling In Reverse fans that would come and check us out and give us a chance because of that.
“So we wanted to be as respectful as we could to the bands that we were playing for, and as respectful as we could to those fans too.
“It would have been very easy to do a press release and advertise and sort of say, ‘Hey, come check out this thing we’re doing!’ but there’s something about that that feels disingenuous to me. It’s so much better when you’re able to discover a band on your own, you know?”
Listen to IDKHow's debut single 'Modern Day Cain' below, and subscribe to the Rock Sound Podcast for more!