Panic! at the Disco recently had their latest album, “Death of a Bachelor” debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, making it the band’s first number one album in 10 years!
The album is also No. 1 on the iTunes album chart in 18 countries around the world, and has sold more than 169,000 copies and had 17 million streams during its release week.
Of course, as the lead vocalist and now the sole member of the band, Brendon Urie was surprised and would never had expected such accomplishment since becoming a one-man band.
Last week, TheHive.Asia got the pleasure to talk to the multi-talented instrumentalist Brendon Urie, and the 28-year-old artiste told us how much he misses Malaysia since his band last visited!
Hi Brandon! Congrats on Panic! at the Disco’s first No.1 album!
Brandon: Thank you very much! It was a very pleasant surprise and I was very happy!
How does it feel securing the spot from Adele and David Bowie?
Oh my God! First of all, I would like to say that I’m not worthy. I mean I love Adele, I worship her, and also David Bowie. In my opinion, no one worships David Bowie more than I do!
The late great David Bowie, he’s such a beautiful man. He’s actually one of the reasons I wanted to get into music, I wish to share at least just a little of spotlight with him. I just think that I’m not worthy – I wouldn’t even imagine it!
What are the challenges or the best parts of now being a one man band?
My goodness! It is so much fun! I can’t even lie about it. It’s just great to be able to do everything myself because it’s like what I used to do when I was a kid. I mean like when I was learning and teaching myself how to play instruments.
I will just spend a lot of time alone writing and teaching myself how to play, and that’s exactly what I got to do again with this album. It’s eye-opening and nostalgic at some point, but the whole process was a lot of fun!
What can you say about the songs on “Death of a Bachelor”? They all seem very personal. Are they all based on your personal experiences?
Yeah. Every song is very personal; it’s very honest and confessional. I hope it comes across, I hope people understand it. I’m not just making a story; this is exactly what I’ve gone through and what I hope to go to.
I also learned that over time, by watching my favourite artistes like Frank Sinatra, Queen – and there are just so many people that I look up to – that they have shown me a way of creating something that can be confessional and it can still be impactful.
What is your most favourite song from the album and why?
My favourite song from the album is the titled track, “Death of a Bachelor” because I didn’t know that the song was going to make it on the album and it ended up defining what the album was.
I thought I would jumble the song and I would get very frustrated. Then, I decided to give it one more chance where I started building tracks around it. I added a little beat to it, and then some bass, and that reinvented the song for me. That was really a huge moment for me, I’m so happy and excited to finish the album.
“Death of a Bachelor” has a distinct sound that’s really different from the previous albums. So what kind of sound can we expect from you here on out? Will you ever want to revisit the older Panic! style?
Yeah! I mean I never know how the album is going to come out until I’m totally done with everything. So I have absolutely no clue how anything is going to sound like in the future, which is the most exciting thing. I think the most exciting thing for me as an artiste is that I don’t know what is expected and I don’t what’s going to happen, and that’s the coolest thing – I love being in that blank process, and kind of being a little in the dark and not knowing where my own ambition is going to take me .
You’ve been to Malaysia years back for a show. Are there plans to come meet your fans again?
I would love to! I’ve been talking and working with my agent about wanting a tour so badly because it has been way too long since I’ve been there! The last time we were there, I have some of the best times ever! We got to hang out at the MTV Asia Music Awards, it was beautiful and great! Everybody was very cool and the performance was fun!
My favourite part was, I was with my friend Zack, who still tours with me, and I got to surf him down the waterslide. He got really drunk, so I stood on his back and surf him down the waterslide! [laughs] It was incredible! I just had the best memory of our time in Malaysia, so I truly hope we get to go there again soon!