Bastille

Bastille

Bastille - A word that sounds like Revolution, after upheaval, after a storm on the old, which must then make way for the new. As the London-based singer and songwriter Dan Smith his band gave this name, he thought it quite frankly only of his own birth, 14 july, because in English is the French national holiday now time "Bastille Day". Considering, however, in what fOr a pace most successful UK newcomer band of last year, has stormed and turned upside down the world of music Overrun are also other associations that you name triggers necessarily applicable ...

Signs that Bastille go through the roof would, there was plenty - and long before in March 2013 her debut album Bad Blood boarding at No. 1 in the UK charts. So the band had - next Smith would the keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bass player Will Farquarson and drummer Chris "Woody" Wood - From their first single "Flaws" Although be pressed only 300 copies in-house in 2011; the video for said track, however, for the Smith had processed as DIY director also excerpts from Terrence Malick cult classic Badlands (1973), should in the shortest time recorded over half a million views on YouTube ...

After then signed the contract with Virgin Records and a whole army band of bloggers had come to the taste, it was just three singles later already no more tickets for their first UK tour - and at one point, then, where the # 1- debut album was still not published. "What is really inclined, because we never set ourselves any lofty goals," reports Smith. "When we were on tour and learned that there were no more tickets for the two concerts at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, we thought of course, 'Wow, perfect', believed only could then none of us that everything after that will be greater could."

But so it proved: their fourth single "Pompeii" went immediately ranked 2 in UK - and finally turned out to be just behind "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, as the streamed second most track of the year 2013. Since then holds "Pompeii" even a record in the Official Streaming Charts because no other track was so many weeks in a row at No. 1. And Ever: "Pompeii" likely to loose as the world's best and most successful song on "death by inhaling volcanic ash" go down in the annals of pop!

Then came Bad Blood, her album, which is not only No. 1 meant in the UK album charts, but also a Platinum award in the home and Gold status in Germany. (!): Even more The most downloaded album of 2013 was also the second most streamed retrieved longplayer; has sold Bad Blood worldwide more than 2 million times and dipped it in 34 countries in the top 10 on the iTunes charts on. Seen would have Bastille also not surprised about need, when her appearance at last year's Glastonbury festival attracted the largest crowd in the history of the festival before the "John Peel Stage".

"Of course you can can recite all these sales, but remain so anyway only abstract values," says Smith. "Only when you get on stage, you can feel some of it, when you see the reactions of the audience in front of you. It was not until it can fix what is success. And Glastonbury was simply times unbelievable."

If you ask Smith then what for him because now was the absolute highlight of 2013, he knows it, and no definitive answer: Maybe the fact that they were allowed to occur as the first band Ever at the British Museum, after being invited, "Pompeii" At the opening of Life Death Pompeii playing Herculaneum exhibition?

"That was just the way a happy coincidence that this band was in the week, as had its opening with a song about Pompeii in the charts - the only reason why they have invited us we should be playing in front of leading archaeologists, surrounded by. these ancient relics. we had only been some concern that we somehow fail seem to us in place could, but when we started to play, the super felt at. in the end we should even play song twice! "

Or was the meeting with his greatest heroes Ever, David Lynch, maybe even more glaring? After the TV classic Twin Peaks was the inspiration for her song "Laura Palmer" been whereupon Lynch Bastille had asked to remix the track "Are You Sure" from his album The Big Dream (2013). "Because I was once really nervous," admits Smith, "But he was so unbelievably nice. He gave me just held out his hand and said, 'Hi, I'm Dave. And so you are then Dan, right?'

At the moment I would be almost the brain explodes. In my world, there is really no bigger rock star than David Lynch. "However, there was also still her appearance at Bestival, fOr they had dressed up as Team Zissou, based on Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. And not to forget the one time when a fan had ever waited to meet her in the backstage area -. because he really wanted to stop by his girlfriend's hand in front of the band "Luckily, she then said yes," says Smith and smiles. "Strange thing was, however, that he then first taken me in his arms - and then his girlfriend"

sealed the incredible success story of 2013 Bastille with equal even a hit single (# 2 in UK, Top 10 in Germany) named "Of The Night", fOr they simply together thought two absolute dance classics of the Nineties, "Rhythm Of The Night" by Corona and "Rhythm Is A Dancer" by Snap !, times - a mash-up so that was originally on their "completely illegal" (so Smith) Mixtapes Other People's Heartache, Vols. I II was represented. "These mixtapes we made in parallel with the work on the album," he says. "Has made a lot of fun; real sound orgies were the where our label had quite a panic because we simply used as any film samples and made cover versions, without asking for permission.

The idea was that pop music should have this openness, so must never be exclusive, and therefore we simply time processes the whole piece, which we used to stand as kids - things like Corona, Snap !, or 'What Would You Do? 'from City high. We then put the whole thing as a free download on the net, and thousands of fans who downloaded mixtapes - has felt great, share these numbers with them to be able ".

Also 2014 they started with massive tailwind: In four categories they were nominated at the BRIT Awards - "British Breakthrough Act", "British Group", "British Album", "Best Single" (fOr "Pompeii") - And won behind the prize for "British Breakthrough Act"; this they stepped in Johannesburg in front of 15,000 people from (their biggest audiences as a headliner) and sold completely all tickets for their show at London's Alexandra Palace.

At the moment there Bastille on US tour where Bad Blood has ensured the highest chart entry of a UK debut in 2013 caused a sensation, while "Pompeii" registered in the US More than 1.5 million downloads and landed in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot-100. In January they were also invited to the Motown Museum of Detroit, there to play an exclusive acoustic show. "In this respect we have now probably the category 'Museum Pop'geprÄgt" says Smith and have to laugh myself. "Who knows what is next: Maybe we will appear as the first band in the world in the chest of a Brontosaurus in the Natural History Museum of London."

Would be possible even that: If the past 12 months, Bastille had shown one thing, it is that you never know what to expect around the next corner. "We have honestly never particularly high expectations of our band had" admits Smith. "That may sound obliquely, considering how the last year has gone for us, but I think it's just better for oneself, if one so considered.

We ride never long around on any successes or rest on any laurels. for instance, when we learned that our album landed at # 1, we just said, 'That's completely crazy', have we then drunk and then never again a word about from the morning. That was actually in all sense of achievement so: So all we want you probably still do not admit. And then you hold it for a moment and makes the time short bag ... and clear, that's all the madness! But it is also just completely crazy! "

A wacky, wacky reality to which they should better get used so slow times. The 2014 has just begun, and the largest storm of Bastille brewing straight together until ...

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