I Don’t Know How But They Found Me’s Dallon Weekes talks the band’s name, inspiring songs, and an important message for fans
On November 9th, 2018 I had the privilege to talk on the phone with I Don’t Know How But They Found Me’s front man and bassist Dallon Weekes.
Can you tell us a little about who you are and how you’ve gotten to where you are today?
My name is Dallon, I am a musician, and I’ve been doing that pretty consistently for a little over a decade. I started playing around in Salt Lake City in a band called The Brobecks, which lead me to ending up on Panic! At The Disco’s radar when they needed a bass player. They hired me to do a tour and kept hiring me, and that job ended up lasting for eight or nine years. When that came to an end, I started doing this.
The band name – how did it originate?
It’s a phrase from one of my favorite movies, ever, Back To The Future. I’ve loved it since I was a kid and I wanted to use it for a song title, lyric, or something. When it came time to do shows for this project and we were doing them in secret and we needed to call it something, it just kind of seemed appropriate for what we were doing. It gave me a good opportunity to finally get to use it for something.
How has your experience in IDKHBTFM differ from other bands that you’ve been apart of?
It’s been a lot easier for a lot of reasons, one of them being that we’re a two piece, so getting up to go play a show or do a tour is a lot more simple than dealing with four, five, or even six people to schedule things with. Creatively it’s easier that way too, because you don’t have to filter your ideas through as many people so there’s a little bit more creative freedom.
If I were to ask you to make a playlist of songs that are inspiring you at the moment, what would be the first 3 that you would add?
The first one that comes to mind would be This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us by Sparks. The next one would probably be My Smile Is Extinct by Kane Strang, and lastly Young Americans by David Bowie.
What is your favorite song that you perform frequently, and why?
Favorite song to do as of late is probably Social Climb for a couple of different reasons. It has a really fun bass line and it has a bit where the crowd gets to participate, so that’s always enjoyable to listen to.
Lastly, what is your most important message to your fans?
I would say that when it comes to being creative; ignore rules, do it your way, and if anyone happens to like it, that’s just an added bonus. If no one else likes it, at least you did it your way. Do something you like.
You can catch IDKHBTFM live on the remaining dates of the Waterpark’s Entertainment: North America Tour, dates listed below! Also be sure to check out their most recent EP, 1981 Extended Play on all streaming platforms.
Friday, November 9th / Chameleon Club / Lancaster, PA
Saturday, November 10th / Starland Ballroom / Sayreville, NJ
Sunday, November 11th / Webster Theater / Hartford, CT
Monday, November 12th / Anthology / Rochester, NY
Wednesday, November 14th / Mr Smalls Theatre / Millvale, PA
Thursday, November 15th / Agora Theater & Ballroom / Cleveland, OH
Friday, November 16th / The Castle Theatre / Bloomington, IL
Saturday, November 17th / Blue Moose Tap House / Iowa City, IA
Monday, November 19th / Waiting Room Lounge / Omaha, NE
Tuesday, November 20th / The Oriental Theater / Denver, CO
Wednesday, November 21st / Mesa Theater / Grand Junction, CO
Friday, November 23rd / The Complex / Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, November 24th / Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor / Reno, NV
Sunday, November 25th / Ace Of Spades / Sacramento, CA
Tuesday, November 27th / The Glass House / Pomona, CA
Wednesday, November 28th / 191 Toole / Tucson, AZ
Friday, November 30th / Alamo City Music Hall / San Antonio, TX
Saturday, December 1st / The Ballroom at Warehouse Live / Houston, TX
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