10 Questions With Imagine Dragons
You’ve had massive success with Night Visions. What are some of the themes that resonate throughout your songs that speak to so many people around the world?
We don’t really write with specific themes in mind. Our songs are more of journals than anything else - so the only rule is to write from a true place. Sometimes music that is personal has the ironic effect of resonating with people on a more universal level.
Talk about your creative process.
The songs typically start with a demo written by one or two members of the band. We’ll write literally a hundred songs, and then eventually bring them all together and figure out which ones resonate the most with the group. Those songs come alive when we start working on the tracks together.
What advice would you give to songwriters just starting out?
Don’t ever stop writing, and don’t take shortcuts with your music. Writing, like any other craft, comes best to those who work the hardest.
Tell us about a day in the life of the band on tour.
Travel, eat, exercise, perform, write, sleep, repeat.
You’ve won many awards in recent years, from Billboard Awards to GRAMMYs. Which was most meaningful and why?
It’s been a little unreal to win awards on shows we’ve watched since we were kids. But honestly, the most fulfilling things these last few years haven’t involved awards shows as much as seeing people react to our music. That’s every musician’s dream.