On Sept. 3 indie pop/rockers Imagine Dragons were the featured guests at 98.7-FM's Penthouse, an exclusive concert series hosted by Los Angeles-based radio station KYSR-FM at the historic Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, Calif. Before an intimate crowd, Imagine Dragons performed a set featuring tracks from their debut album, Night Visions, including "Radioactive" and "Hear Me."
Prior to the performance, Imagine Dragons participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com and discussed working with GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/producer Alex Da Kid, the influence of Las Vegas on their sound and their debut album, among other topics.
"Night Visions is really a collection of three years of work," said vocalist Dan Reynolds. "We wanted to wait until we felt very ready to be able to make an album. … Finally, we got to a point where we felt ready [and] that we understood the vision of the band and who the band was ourselves before we tried to tell other people about it."
Formed in Provo, Utah, in 2009 and now based in Las Vegas, Imagine Dragons' lineup features Ben McKee (bass), Daniel "Z" Platzman (drums), Reynolds, and D. Wayne Sermon (guitar). Combining elements of synth-based dance/pop with British-inspired alternative rock, Imagine Dragons released two EPs, Imagine Dragons and Hell And Silence, before landing a deal with Alex Da Kid's Interscope Records imprint, KidInAKorner. In March the band released Continued Silence EP, which was co-produced by Alex Da Kid and mixed by GRAMMY winner Manny Marroquin. The album peaked in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. Working again with Alex Da Kid and Marroquin, the band released Night Visions on Sept. 4. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 83,000 copies. Imagine Dragons are currently on tour throughout the United States with dates scheduled through October.