Pete Wentz on Fall Out Boy: '2015 Is Our Chance To Be Bold'

Pete Wentz

Billboard caught up with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz to talk about the ways in which the music landscape will change in 2015 -- from U.S. festival culture morphing to how his band has an opportunity to "be bold" this year. Here's what he had to say:

In 2015, we will see music is more pervasive than ever -- it is everywhere.  I see it when I go to kids' birthday parties: "Let It Go" is so undeniable that it became part of the fabric of the little-girl princess experience. Music is so pervasive that people who I am sure wouldn't have heard my band otherwise say they heard [a Fall Out Boy] song in a stadium when their team was playing. 2015 is our chance to be bold.  

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I also believe festival culture in the U.S. will become more like that of Europe: We will see that genre matters less than quality of the artist. We will see more festivals like Made in America, where a sponsor and a great line-up can create a truly great experience. In 2015, the idea of "curation" in music will create even stronger cultures/brands -- I think that's why we see a label like Mad Decent doing what they do. When fans can trust the curator -- when they trust the taste -- I think they are more open to checking out new artists and new experiences. I believe that authentic taste-making will become even more important in 2015.

I think we will also see the biggest divide in music between the old model and the new model. I see it in the kids I talk to at shows -- they love songs: When I ask them what they like, they don't name albums, they don't name artists. It seems like a new generation is truly less tethered to one genre more than ever and that's exciting to me."

An edited version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 17 issue of Billboard.


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