Bastille needs no introduction. The four-piece South London-based group have produced some of the best music to come out of the UK in recent years.
Almost a decade ago, the group became famous after their hit single Pompeii immediately reached number two in the charts. Four (soon to be five) albums and 32 songs – including the 2019 John Lewis Christmas advert song Can’t Fight This Feeling – later they’ve got a strong hold.
Formed by lead vocalist Dan Smith, the band’s alternative sound has successfully bought rock music into the mainstream. Countless nominations and awards (Brit Award for Best New Artist and an NME Award for Best Album) from the world’s most prestigious music ceremonies confirm their international prowess. They have also sold more than 11 million records worldwide and have headlined some of the biggest festivals globally.
Back on home turf now, the multi-platinum selling band have performed at the likes of Broadmasters, Reading and even a secret set at Glastonbury this summer. If you’ve missed out on seeing them live, catch them on screens alongside up-and-coming UK acts on September 3 as they headline Lord’s for The Hundred finally.
We caught up with Dan Smith, ahead of their deluxe album ‘Give Me The Future + Dreams Of The Past’, to find out more about what to expect from the band’s performance, as well as the secrets behind their massive success.
What are you up to at the moment?
We’ve just finished a bunch of touring in the US and we’re back in the UK doing loads of festivals at the weekends. In the weeks I work away on a lot of music for us, for other artists and other projects that I love.
Are you looking forward to performing at The Hundred?
Yes, it should be a lot of fun. I feel The Hundred is aimed at people like me who don’t watch a lot of cricket as it’s a mixture of both sport and world class music…there’s something for everyone. I love that they give a platform to loads of BBC Music introducing artists too, like SOFY, Porij, Bambi Bains and Adwaith who also all performed at Glastonbury this year. It’s hard to get heard as a new artist so this is such a brilliant idea and we’re really looking forward to performing with them all.
What is your creative process?
Ideas seem to pop into my head at odd and uncontrollable times, so I do my best to write them down or sing them into my phone. So when I find time, I’ll go through the things I’ve started and assimilate them into songs or ideas and work on them from there.
How would you describe your style?
Good question. My mates laugh at me for finding something I like and wearing it too much. In fact, our fans do too. We were just on a trip around the US and I kept getting yelled at for wearing the same T-shirt that I loved (a Keith Haring print) the whole time. Just to clarify, I had a bunch of the same one (I’m that guy) so I wasn’t gross and literally wore the same thing every day.
What’s the one item you couldn’t live without?
Depressingly, it would probably be my phone. Or maybe my glasses because I’m pretty blind without them.
You are allowed to take three albums on a desert island. Which ones do you choose?
What is your advice for budding singers?
Oh wow, I would say experiment as much as possible with your voice to find out what you can and can’t do and what works and doesn’t work with what you have. We’ve been in a band for 10 years and I’m still finding weird notes and things I didn’t realize I could do. Oh, also maybe try warming up before singing? I say, who always forgets.
Bastille will perform at The Hundred men’s and women’s finals at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday 3 September. For more information and tickets, visit www.thehundred.com.