Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie Chats New Music, Reading Festival And His Adorable Dogs
We chatted to the frontman backstage at Reading Festival...
It's been an exciting week for Las Vegas rock band Panic! At The Disco. The band have been busy nailing their Reading and Leeds shows, and surprising fans by dropping a brand new track 'Death Of A Bachelor' on Pete Wentz's Beats1 show.
We managed to catch up with frontman, and only remaining member of the original line-up, Brendon Urie, about his journey with the band so far, the new Panic! record, and what advice he would give to his younger self...
We’re coming to the end of festival season, how has yours been this year?
"It’s been awesome! We’ve played a lot in the states and we’ve just been waiting to come back to Reading and Leeds, it’s always the best time."
If you could choose two people from the line up to share a tent with, who would they be?
"Oh man! I have to shout out to Dylan Francis because he’s a buddy, I would like to be with him because we always have a good time. And then I think Run The Jewels because I’m a massive fan of their last album, so that would be good."
When can we expect some new Panic! At The Disco music?
"Very soon! I say that so ambiguously because I don’t have a date yet. I’ve finished recording [the new album], I’ve finished mixing, I think it’s being mastered right now, and then I’m hoping by saying the end of this year that I force the label’s hand into putting it out."
How was the writing and recording process with this record?
"I loved it! It’s been more just on my own. Me and my wife have recently just moved houses, we finally got a house so I built a studio which I’d waited ten years to have. I’ve been waking up and writing something every day."
"It’s been a really cool experience to push myself as a producer as well. I produced this album with my buddy Jake, but it was all me just writing and producing these tracks, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, and it’s pretty great."
Because Panic! have been around for years and years, with its ups and downs, what advice would you give to a younger Brendon Urie starting out the band?
"Ah jeez. I would say just be patient. Do what you want to do because people come, people go, you have friends, you lose friends, but as long as what you’re doing is your passion, I think you’re gonna be okay, and that’s really what it was for me. This is my biggest passion, that’s why I do it! I don’t do it because I have to, I do it because I get to, it’s amazing."
What is the hardest part about being on the road?
"Honestly, I love touring, I love waking up in a different city every day, but I think the toughest thing is being away from home, you miss so many comforts, I’m away from my wife, my dogs and that sucks."
They are adorable.
"They’re so cute, I love them! I’ve been gone a day and just you talking about them makes me miss them more!"
What new music are you listening to at the moment? Who are you loving?
"The latest Kendrick [Lamar] album is phenomenal!"
He’s playing here on Sunday (August 31).
"I know, oh my god. I was so bummed because there were a lot of people that I wanted to see today [August 28] but there were so many more on Sunday that I wanted to see."
"I wanted to see The Libertines, they’re headlining which is amazing. Pete Doherty’s doing really well now he’s cleaned up, so that would have been so awesome."
What is your favourite song to play live and why?
"This is going to be a spoiler for today but our favourite for me to play is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, I love playing other people’s songs, I love playing mine too, but playing Queen, that’s one of my favourite songs of all time."
- By Megan Downing
#MTVFestivalSeason: Reading Festival 2015