Imagine Dragons consists of two pairs: the brooding duo of Reynolds and guitarist Daniel Wayne Sermon, 30, who can spend hours agonizing over a song mix through text messages; and the boisterous rhythm section of drummer Dan Platzman and bassist Ben McKee, both 28, who share a rented apartment.
"We're an atypical band," says lead s...
"We're an atypical band," says lead singer/ songwriter and founder Dan Reynolds, 27, a week before the Grammys. "We're not tatted-up, trying to make a statement. The spirit of rock'n'roll is not that you're living on the edge, that you're a cokehead -- those are just lifestyle choices."
Imagine Dragons (which includes guita...
Imagine Dragons (which includes guitarist Wayne Sermon, pictured) have fans that come from all walks of life: "First it was college kids, then high school kids, then older people coming to our shows with their kids," says Reynolds. "Once you play on mainstream radio, you really get a lot of mainstream followers."
As a young band, the group played six...
As a young band, the group played six-hour sets three nights a week at a casino's bar and grill, mixing originals with covers of The Cure, Rush and The Beatles. "We picked bands we loved and studied the songwriting," says Reynolds.
The group (including drummer Daniel P...
The group (including drummer Daniel Platzman, pictured) kept craziness at bay during the recording of their new album, Smoke + Mirrors. It bought a house in a sketchy section of Las Vegas -- multiple drug stash houses populate the block, reportedly -- and built a recording studio within.
Over lunch one afternoon at Las Vegas...
Over lunch one afternoon at Las Vegas restaurant Skinny Fats, Reynolds brings up the time bassist Ben McKee (pictured) had to get bailed out of jail to make a concert. "Being naked on the Strip at night is not legal," Reynolds reminds him. "There were some bad choices being made," concedes McKee. "Vegas is a crazy place."
"A lot of time during the day I'll fe...
"A lot of time during the day I'll feel nervous, or have anxiety about talking to people," [Reynolds] says. "On-stage, I just don't."