Dan Smith, the Man behind Bastille
Initially, Bastille was started off as a solo project by Dan Smith, who later on decided to form a band. Smith, being a quiet, straight-A student confessed in an interview that he has been a very silent person all his life. He never desired being the center of attention and being in the limelight now makes him nervous. The twenty-seven year old star honestly told the media that none of the band members; including him, ever thought that their debut album will hit number one spot. With his handsome distinctive looks and towering hair, added with a mysterious personality, Dan has everything needed to be successful in the music industry. He is the creative master mind behind the band and is enjoying his ideas being put into action.
Bastille – How It Started
Bastille the band started off with six band members in 2010, two of which dropped out later. Smith, Chris Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons have been playing together for a long time, even before the formation of the official band. However, all of the songs that have been released have been written as well as recorded by Smith. The band started off by releasing the single 7"/45 rpm. This was followed by the release of the band’s first EP “Laura Palmer” which came out later in 2011. After that they continued to market their music over MySpace and YouTube. Through this channel, the band started to receive appreciation as well as fan following. This led to their very first performance at a big event, which was Glastonbury Festival. After that they also performed at Blissfields and Isle of Wight. The same year, their songs were used in the soap opera, Hollyoaks.
Virgin Records and Flaws Tour
In April of 2012, Bastille’s single Overjoyed hit the market, released through the Virgin Records. Its video premiere was in November and was featured as the “Track of the Day” by Q Magazine. This was followed by the second single, which was supposed to be the title track of their debut album, Bad Blood. The song did a moderate business in the market. However, that August, the band was featured as “Band of the Day” by The Guardian. The same month, the band performed at Leeds and Reading, the UK festival, and also supported Emeli Sande on her tour. Later on they embarked on their own brief tour titled “Flaws Tour”, and Swiss Lips appeared as their supporting act. When the band’s third single Flaws from the upcoming album hit the market, it brought them instantly to limelight and was a commercial success. The song debuted at number 21 on UK Top 40.
Pompeii to All This Bad Blood
In February of 2013, Bastille released Bad Blood’s fourth single, Pompeii. It made it to number two position in the UK and received positive reviews. By the end of their successful “Bad Blood Tour”, the band finally released the long awaited album, which debuted at number one on UK Albums Chart. This was followed by their performance at the Leads and Reading Festival in August. They later toured with the famous band Muse as its supporting act for “The 2nd Law Tour”. After a year of success and touring, the band released its second studio album “All This Bad Blood” on the 14th of January and is now hitting the road for a tour across the US and Canada in its support.