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Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie says he creates music to impress himself

SINGAPORE — Death of a Bachelor, the fourth album from American rock band, Panic! at the Disco, was its first No 1 album on the Billboard Album Charts. Ironically, since 2015, Panic! at the Disco has morphed into a solo vehicle for American singer-songwriter Brendon Urie and is now a band in name only.

Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie says he creates music to impress himself

Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie could not believe it when Death of a Bachelor went in at No 1 on the album charts. Credit to: Sherwin Lainez

SINGAPORE — Death of a Bachelor, the fourth album from American rock band, Panic! at the Disco, was its first No 1 album on the Billboard Album Charts. Ironically, since 2015, Panic! at the Disco has morphed into a solo vehicle for American singer-songwriter Brendon Urie and is now a band in name only.

Now anchored by a singular vision, Urie, who will be bringing his explosive show here on Aug 16, has masterminded a multi-layered eclectic pop sound of epic proportions, a far cry from their ego pop-punk roots.

Asked whether the wide range of styles on Death of a Bachelor was a deliberate choice, Urie replied in the affirmative. “It was a deliberate decision to use a wide range of influences and artistes as the direction of this album,” he said. “I tend to do that a lot.”

 

Q: Do you think there is any correlation between Death of a Bachelor being Panic! at the Disco’s biggest album, and the band being reduced to essentially just you?

A: I’m not sure if the two are related, but I am more proud of what I’ve created on my own.

 

Q: Does Death of a Bachelor signal the domestication of Brendon Urie in terms of music-making?

A: I believe that you either adapt or you die off. I’d much rather adapt.

 

Q: What were the most difficult musical choices that had to be made on Death of a Bachelor?

A: I had so many ideas and directions I wanted to go, the challenge came with picking my favourite ideas to use.

 

Q: Death of a Bachelor’s title track was an obvious homage to Frank Sinatra. Any concerns that Panic fans might not ‘get it’?

A: I don’t think about what people will say or think when they listen to what I’ve created. I create simply to impress myself and see what different things I can accomplish.

 

Q: What do you hope fans will take away from Death of a Bachelor? Do you have a message for Singapore fans?

A: The best I can hope for is that people enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it. I can’t wait to come back and party with you all! Thank you for your love and support through everything. I love you.

 

Panic! at the Disco will play on Aug 16 at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, Level 6. Tickets from Sistic.

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