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Bastille’s Dan Smith talks shyness, singing with Rihanna and his brand new album
The award-winning band's second album Wild World is out on 9th September
Speaking to Bastille’s frontman Dan Smith is like catching up with your mate from south London, not the guy who penned a double platinum album and brings in the big crowds at Coachella and Glastonbury. The band’s debutBad Bloodstormed into the charts at number one in 2013, becoming the biggest-selling digital album of the year. With their second albumWild Worldset for release this week, we asked Dan if he’s ready for world domination take two…
Congrats on the new album! What can we expect?
‘It’s bolder than the first. It flows like a mix tape, from moody R&B to harder guitar stuff. Some of the songs look at how the world can seem quite fucked up when you’re watching the news and just figuring out how to respond and get your head around it.’
Did you draw on any personal experiences?
‘Our trackWarmthwas written towards the end of last year when I was watching the news after one of the many horrendous acts of terrorism. If something catches you in a certain way you can feel bombarded by these events and it can be quite overwhelming.’
TheFake Itvideo seems to reflect this. Is there a story behind it?
‘We just wanted to make something as blatant as we possibly could and I think it speaks for itself. There’s no subtlety there.’
What about theGood Griefvideo? It’s pretty abstract…
‘I’m not particularly comfortable being on camera. As a joke I said [to the directors], “Look I’ll be in it if I can lip sync the song as a decapitated head on the floor.” I was going for a surrealist kind of thing. They said, “Sure, we’ll make that happen. We’ll just put you in front of a green screen in a green jumpsuit and film you.” I was like “Fuck”.
Do you ever struggle with TV appearances?
‘I get quite anxious, but there are other elements of this that I love so I try to concentrate on that. I also find it much more interesting to make videos that look outwards and nod towards references that we love rather than a performance of a few guys in a warehouse. That doesn’t do it for me at all.’
Do you feel pressure to live up to the success of your first album?
‘I’m a massive pessimist. I thought the first album was going to completely tank and I’d be working back in a shop by this time.
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