NEW YORK (AP) - Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds has been enjoying rock stardom from a relevantly sane place.
Despite recently winning a Grammy, reaching double platinum status with its debut album and having three international hits, some folks still wonder who - or what - the band is.
“People are still saying, ‘Who are Imagine Dragons? Like, why do I keep hearing this name?’” Reynolds said. “I think it is a pretty strange thing to live in this day and age where we’re selling all these records and it’s all going well, and we have still kept some anonymity. I think, in our case, it’s something we kind of cherish.”
Reynolds and his bandmates may not be able to blend in for too long. Imagine Dragons set a record last week on the Billboard Hot 100 with the anthem-like rock jam, “Radioactive,” which has spent 77 weeks on the chart, beating Jason Mraz’s 76-week run in 2009 with “I’m Yours.”
Reynolds, 26, talked recently about the band’s hits, new music, arena tour and why it might not release a fourth single following the hit “Demons,” ”It’s Time” and “Radioactive,” which won the best rock performance Grammy and has sold 6.6 million tracks.
AP: The past year has been insane for the band, so how do you feel when people say they don’t know who the band is?
Reynolds: That’s something that comes with time. We’ve had some opportunities to have some major exposure visually and to kind of get our personalities out there more that we turned down just because I feel like the way that I would want people to find out who we are is organically … and through their own interest and their own curiosity, rather than seeing some commercial or movie.
… I remember growing up listening to U2 and I didn’t even know what Bono looked like. I didn’t even know his name. It got to a point where I was invested so much that I wanted to know who Bono was - not to say that I would compare us to U2 because that’s one of my favorite bands of all-time and it feels, like, sacrilegious.
AP: How does it feel to set this Billboard record?
Reynolds: I don’t really know how to comprehend it, I think. I feel like this last year has been full of events that I don’t know if I’ll fully understand till years down the road. I think right now I’m a little overwhelmed by it all.
AP: “Radioactive” has had a slow climb on the charts, versus other contemporary hits that debut high and fall shortly after.
Reynolds: That’s been the most important part of the band from the beginning. … With our radio team, we were never like, “This is the single! Push this to road!” It literally just started off on its own. … We never wanted to skip steps. We always wanted to grow slowly and take our time with things.