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by Evan Lucy

August 11, 2013

Pete Wentz's Protégés

by Evan Lucy  |  August 11, 2013

During his time in the spotlight, Pete Wentz has been any number of things, including, but not limited to, Fall Out Boy bassist (and de facto frontman), TMZ headline-starter and fashion designer. But there's another very important part of Wentz's day-to-day responsibilities: label boss. In 2005, he founded Decaydance, his own label imprint; since then, he's helped discover and groom some of the biggest names to hit the scene. As legend has it, Wentz signed Panic! At the Disco before they'd ever played a show, and he guided the Vegas teens to a platinum-selling debut album (2005's A Fever You Can't Sweat Out) and a hit single ("I Write Sins, Not Tragedies") in the process. Add in his association with Gym Class Heroes, the Manic Panic-specked electro-pop of Cobra Starship and mall-emo group Hey Monday (whose singer, Cassadee Pope, would go on to win The Voice), and Wentz's true eye for talent becomes apparent. He also successfully revived seminal post-hardcore band Lifetime for their first album in a decade (2007's Lifetime), undoubtedly leaving legions of punk fans conflicted but ultimately thankful.

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