Formation of the Band:
Imagine Dragons was formed by lead vocalist Dan Reynolds in 2008 while he was attending Brigham Young University and studying music and communications. All of the other members of the band have attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. That background has helped support a stellar sense of musicianship. Imagine Dragons settled in Las Vegas, Nevada and began performing gigs that typically consisted of half original material and half covers. The energetic nature of the band and Dan Reynolds' stage magnetism as front man helped quickly build a following.
Imagine Dragons' First EP Releases:
Imagine Dragons recorded material at Battle Born Studios that became two independently released EPs titled Imagine Dragons and Hell and Silence. The song "I Need a Minute" from the self-titled EP gained national recognition when it broke into CMJ's Radio 200 chart of alternative music. Hell and Silence, the follow up released in June 2010 continued the momentum. The song "I Don't Mind" was featured in commercials for season 11 of American Idol. Imagine Dragons gained additional attention from performances at the 2010 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
Major Label Contract:
Imagine Dragons' next EP It's Time was recorded in the fall of 2010. It included the song "It's Time" and was released in March 2011. The new collection made an appearance on the Billboard Heatseeker chart for the mountain region. In November 2011 the band's fortunes received another major boost when they were signed to major label Interscope Records. Imagine Dragons entered the studio to record with UK hip hop producer Alex Da Kid. The result was a more expansive studio sound for the band and the major label debut EP Continued Silence. The song "It's Time" was included on the EP and promoted to radio in the spring of 2012. Continued Silence crashed into the Billboard album chart at #40 and climbed into the top 10 on the alternative albums chart.
"It's Time" and 'Night Visions':
"It's Time" began climbing charts in the spring of 2012 and it landed in the top 10 on both alternative and rock songs charts. The song spent 32 weeks in the top 10 of the alternative songs chart, more than any other song in 2012. A cover of "It's Time" by Glee helped push it into the pop mainstream and a peak of #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group's first full-length album Night Visions appeared in September 2012. Alex Da Kid served as executive producer. Night Visions debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart, the highest opening for a debut album by a rock act since 2006. The album reached #1 on both the alternative and rock albums charts and has received a gold certification selling over 600,000 copies to date. "It's Time" has been certified platinum for sales.
Imagine Dragons were recognized by the end of 2012 as one of the most promising new rock artists in the US. "Radioactive," the follow up single to "It's Time," has gone all the way to #1 on the alternative chart. It has a darker sound and more obvious hip hop influence from Alex Da Kid. "Radioactive" has expanded Imagine Dragons' international appeal going to #1 in Sweden and #2 in Canada on pop singles charts. For 2013 the band set out on a sold out Night Visions concert tour through North America And Europe. Imagine Dragons are also expected to hit the summer festival circuit in both North America and Europe.