Waterparks reveal “Dream Boy” is about pressure of “fan expectations”
He revealed the meaning to fans on Twitter.August 19, 2019
After fans helped the band get trending on Twitter, the pop-rock trio dropped their third single, “Dream Boy.”
Now, Awsten Knight has taken to his favorite social media platform, Twitter, to explain the backstory of the song.
When the song first released, Knight shared a bit of information about his “favorite song” with fans.
“ORIGINALLY I JUST WANTED TO HAVE A SONG THAT WAS ONLY CHORUS AND BASICALLY STRUCTURE IT AS IF IT WERE A REMIX OF ANOTHER SONG WITH A MILLION SONIC VARIATIONS OF THE HOOK, BUT THAT IT WOULD JUST BE THE ORIGINAL VERSION BC I LOVE DANCE MUSIC TOO MUCH,” he wrote.
“BUT THEN I MADE 1 VERSE THAT REALLY DROVE HOME THE MEANING OF THE SONG AND HAD TO KEEP IT,” he continued. “WE CAN GET INTO MEANING LATER (EVEN THOUGH SOME OF YALL HAVE PROBABLY ALREADY FIGURED THAT OUT) BUT THAT WAS THE IDEA BEHIND THE STRUCTURE FOR DREAM BOY.”
‘DREAM BOY’ OUT NOW, ONE OF MY FAVORITES ON THE ALBUM.
— DANNY FANDOM (@awsten) August 15, 2019
Now, he’s dove even deeper into the story of the track, and how it’s based on his own experience being a star.
“DREAM BOY IS ABOUT FAN EXPECTATIONS AND FEELING LIKE I’M CONSTANTLY BEING BUILT UP INTO SOMEONE/SOMETHING I CAN NEVER LIVE UP TO, WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY LEAD TO EVERYONE BEING DISAPPOINTED,” he wrote.
“AND THERE’S ABSOLUTELY PRESSURE BEHIND THAT; WHEN A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT 5-10% OF YOU AND STILL PUSH THEIR UNSOLICITED IDEAS OF WHO YOU ARE ONTO YOUR CHARACTER, CHERRY PICKING WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE OR HOW THEY FEEL IRL AND (PROBABLY SUBCONSCIOUSLY) APPLY IT TO ME,” he continued. “AND IT ALMOST CREATES A KIND OF GUILT BEHIND BEHIND YOURSELF BECAUSE IN A WAY YOU’RE LETTING PEOPLE DOWN, EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT THEY BUILT YOU THIS WAY IN THEIR HEADS.”
DREAM BOY EXPLANATION. SAW SOME BACK AND FORTH ABOUT IT AND DECIDED TO GIVE YALL THIS ONE.
— DANNY FANDOM (@awsten) August 19, 2019
You can check out “Dream Boy” here or below. Parx will debut their third album Fandom on October 11. You can snag your pre-order here. And if you haven’t yet, you can catch “Watch What Happens Next” here!
Waterparks recently announced tour dates for Fandom. Grab your tickets here and check out the dates below.
11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
11/16 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
11/17 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
11/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
11/22 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
11/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11/25 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/26 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/29 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
11/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
12/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
12/03 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
12/04 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland
12/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
12/07 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
12/08 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
12/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
12/13 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
12/15 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
12/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
12/17 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
12/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
12/20 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
12/21 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
12/23 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
What do you think about the meaning behind “Dream Boy” by Waterparks? Sound off in the comments down below!
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