"I was a fan right away."
Earlier this year, we had a chat to Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz about nothing,nowhere. (AKA Joe Mulherin) on the Rock Sound Podcast. With nothing,nowhere.'s album 'ruiner' dropping tomorrow, we're revisiting what Pete had to say to get you excited for tomorrow.
He told us about how he first came across Joe's music, releasing his music through DCD2, and what makes him such a unique artist, among a bunch of other things.
Here's a taste.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER JOE, AND WHAT MADE HIM STAND OUT TO YOU AS SOMETHING SPECIAL?
Says Pete: "I’m always looking for new stuff for the label, and listen to a tonne of music, to the point where my ears always… I’m burnt out. My friend who works at Fueled By Ramen actually sent Joe to me and was like, ‘This guy’s awesome.’
"I listened and it’s like, it definitely feels like [something] between Lil Uzi [Vert] and the influences that guys like that have, the Soundcloud rappers… somebody’s going to put it together in a way. The pop-punk or emo, whatever influences, the trap kind of beats: Joe does a really really good job of it. I was a fan right away."
WHAT EXACTLY WAS IT ABOUT THE MUSIC THAT KIND OF GRABBED YOU? YOU’RE SOMEONE WHO’S KNOWN FOR HAVING A REALLY VERSATILE, ECLECTIC TASTE IN MUSIC, DID IT REALLY APPEAL IN THAT WAY?
"Totally, and it stood out to me. The production, and even more than that, the perspective that he has. I started watching these videos that he has, and I was like, ‘Wow, it’s like a perspective, it feels like the songs.’ It feels vast and lonely, and it reminded me of the music. I think that it’s difficult to nail that as a young artist, and I thought that was really interesting.
"And then me and Joe got to talking, I got on Insta and was like, ‘I wanna get his perspective’, and the area where he lives in Vermont, is like where my parents have a place there. It really connected on that level, because there’s a lot that’s really got a New England, back to nature, camping Vermont vibe to it. It was something that I could really relate to."
HOW WAS IT MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME? IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU GUYS CONNECTED VERY QUICKLY?
"Yeah, we listen to a lot of the same music, but at the same time he’s also explaining a lot of stuff to me, he’s like, ‘This is the way a lot of the Soundcloud rappers do this…’
"It was interesting to learn a lot of that stuff from a younger perspective. We met up in Los Angeles and clicked pretty much right away."
HE REPLACED JADEN SMITH WHEN YOU GUYS PLAYED TAMPA. WAS IT A VERY PROUD MOMENT?
"Yeah, and it’s cool to see, because I know he… he created and crafted this stuff in his parents’ basement, and then to watch him play those songs in front of like 20,000 people was really cool, yeah it was a proud moment.
"I’m a big believer to supporting new [artists], but I also don’t want to throw people in the deep end. He’s out building his live shows, doing it, playing headline shows. I think coming back and playing some shows with us this summer, will be awesome."
WOULD YOU SAY THAT HE’S A GENUINE ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT’S OUT THERE RIGHT NOW? HE’S GENUINELY DOING SOMETHING THAT IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE
"Yes, I think that while there’s a lot of people who are trying to put melody and rap together right now, that kind of stuff, he offers this really distinct, unique perspective on it. You can see what the influences are, hear what the influences are, but it’s like this new mix that’s completely different. I like that, I appreciate that it’s like a true alternative."
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Listen to Pete's full interview below.