IDKHOW are poised to save the world from musical boredom, one riff at a time
You want to talk about confidence, belief in one’s self and defying expectation? Or do you want to have it? That was the biggest choice Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman had to make when faced with walking away from their rockin’ day jobs. After a highly successful club debut, the longtime friends decided to step out of their respective gigs playing in the lineups of Panic! At The Disco and Falling In Reverse to team up as I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME.
In this month’s cover story, AP details the duo’s individual musical histories, their philosophy on music and the deeper perils of walking away from their high-profile, lucrative positions.
“The reality is that those past jobs are going to follow us around for a while, possibly forever,” Weekes says. “Who knows? It’s important for us to treat that reality with some respect but also at an arm’s length. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing: I’m just saying that’s a reality, and it’s one we acknowledge and respect but at the same time, not one we want to exploit.
We want this to be its own entity and thing, and we want the music that we make to stand on its own.”
With Weekes’ songwriting flair referencing everything from ’70-era glam to skinny-tie new wave to slightly askew Broadway offerings—all powered by Seaman’s rhythmic dexterity—iDKHOW are poised to assist in the creation of a genuinely new alt-rock consciousness, one that can be embraced within, even beyond the clubhouses of Warped Tour punks and Pitchfork hipsters.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” Weekes cautions. “There are people who will give us a chance based on where we came from, and at the very same time, there’s an opposite side to that coin. There will be plenty of people who won’t give us a chance for the very same reason.”
In addition to Weekes and Seaman’s cool AF history, we have many reasons for you to check out the next issue of AP...