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Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz On The New Direction Their Music Is Taking

Bassist of the successful American rock band Fall Out Boy explains how the band is collaborating with hip-hop artists and aiming to create music that appeals to both their casual and hardcore fans.

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"We still do need to make albums that are important and matter to us."

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What's your relationship been like with streaming for your band, I mean you have millions and millions of play, you're not making the money you would if you were converting all those customers to paying customers, how do you feel about it? - Um, I like getting out music out there. Honestly, we're a band that existed in kind of both eras, we came in at the end of like the plac album era, and we have fans like, we honestly albums mean a lot to us, but when were just shooting our video a couple of weeks ago or a couple of months ago and there were like these little like thirteen year old, twelve year old kids in the video, and they were just talking about songs, they didn't know the artists' name, they were just talking about songs, and that's how they like people that age consume music. Like my son, I have a seven year old and he listens to songs, he doesn't know artists, he wants playlists. - Does that scare you as an artist? - No, I mean because I think the minute it starts scaring you, you become the old man who's like get off my lawn! you know, or whatever, but at the same time it's like you have to like, us as band we need to appeal to our casual fans and then like our die-hard fans as well, so we still do need to make albums that are important and matter to us. - And by the way American Beauty American Psycho was the last record and it's been a huge hit here on KROQ, you also then went back and did the album again with hip hop artists. - Yes. - Tell us about that because I was listening to a bunch of that last night, that missed me that that came out Pete, but some of those are awesome! - Oh thank you, yeah, I mean I think that, so what we did we decided when we started up again was that we were going to do things that were fun, and do things that were interesting and it still has to be kind of like an art project, and so like we did, last album we did an EP with Ryan Adams, it was just a punk-rock EP and this time we were like, let's kind of take a left turn and so we, we went on and approached these hip-hop artists who to I think some of our fans who are under-ground maybe not to the you know, hip-hop community large, and we just gave everyone the stems and we're like you create the songs or we create the songs. I think that the most interesting thing is any time we do this, there's like a segment of our fan base that's like oh my god Fall Out Boy is becoming rappers! No we're not. - Just trying new things. - Yeah, totally. - So none of that was done with you guys doing playing music together in a studio it was all after the fact? - It was all after the fact, we we, rather than trying to make it a cohesive thing by ourselves, we wanted to give it to each rapper and be like, however you would produce this is how we want it to come across.