Pete Wentz Wants Fall Out Boy To Be Like Metallica
The launch and subsequent tour for Fall Out Boy's fifth album, Save Rock and Roll, took fans by surprise and soon after they began rolling out a series of violent videos called the Young Blood Chronicles boasting surprise cameos and a plot twistier than Lombard Street.
But the band hasn't stopped there. With a successful video game launch already under their belts with the Oregon Trails-inspired Fall Out Boy Trail, the band seized an opportunity last month and released Fall Out Bird, an app that pays homage to the wildly popular and now unavailable Flappy Bird. On the heels of that success, the band will soon launch an updated version 2.0, inadvertently solidifying themselves as bona fide players in the app world. "To me this game's done on a lark. It allows us to have a conversation with Pop Culture," says Wentz.
Radio.com caught up with Wentz to discuss the band's surprise comeback, their foray into video games, and how they just want to be like Metallica and what it means to be a successful entrepreneur.
When asked " Where would you like to see yourself musically and in business in ten years?" he responded, "Business-wise, it's been a learning process for me. When we started with the record label I didn't know what an end cap was. I didn't know anything about marketing. I didn't know anything about price positioning and that kind of stuff. For me it's been constant learning; learning to be ahead of the curve, and even having been in the music business for as long as our band has been, we were at the tail end of album sales, and seeing the streaming model take off and seeing people embrace that. That's been really interesting. As far as business goes, I want to be relevant but still learn about how that side of it [marketing] works.
"Musically, I look at a band like Metallica and when people talk about Metallica, Metallica is the descriptor for the band, like when people say 'such-and-such band sounds like Metallica.' I would love to be a band where people say 'oh that band sounds like Fall Out Boy.' And I think that the way you do that is by creating a legacy and by remaining true to who you are and most importantly, just surviving.
"The longer your band has been around and you've remained relevant the more you've created a legacy for yourselves."
Check out the full interview here.