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Meet Mr. Chris Moradi, our inspiration for this "fantastical" section called Moment of Zen and today he contributes his first artist interview with a group you'll want to put on your "must listen to" radar.... The Imagine Dragons!


Imagine Dragons - Continued Silence EP

Imagine_Dragons_photo-chris_mColdplay goes to Vegas, has a drink at the bar with Mumford and Sons, sushi with AwolNation, hooks up with the Kings Of Leon and gets in a fight with The Killers....sounds like a good night in Vegas? Then enter the world of Imagine Dragons. Fitting to be one of the first bands for Life Sushi's "Moment Of Zen" as SXSW season is upon us, and the band forecasted to make a lot of noise in the Austin fray this year.

Originally from Vegas, the quartet has been slaying at battle of the bands contests since 2008 and gaining local notoriety winning "Best Local Indie Band 2010" by Las Vegas Weekly and "Best CD of 2011" by Vegas Seven magazine for their third independent EP "It’s Time". Their current offering "Continued Silence" EP, released on 2/14 on Interscope Records is just a sample of what the band will offer on their upcoming full-length album to be released later this year, produced by acclaimed hip-hop producer Alex The Kidd (Rihanna, Eminem, Skylar Grey).

Comprised of Dan Reynolds (vocals), Wayne Sermon (guitar) Ben McKee (bass), and Daniel Platzman (drums), their live shows feel like Coldplay back on the small-stage. Recently playing the Viper room in Los Angeles to an over-packed, sweaty and eager room, their performance seems Herculean when Reynolds starts pounding on his 40 inch bass drum at the foot of the stage, giving even more emphasis to Alex The Kid's synth and drum beats. "There is nothing like playing the sunset strip" says Reynolds

Before the show, we caught up with the band to talk about their single and upcoming tour...here's what they have to say.

LifeSushi: What was your inspiration for the album? 

Imagine Dragons: "Its Time originally came from an idea while sitting at my kitchen table, I started with this beat just tapping on the table and brought it to a band setting and it kind of wrote itself. It was one of the songs that was just waiting to be written. Lyrically, as an artist, you are always speaking about your fears or the things that most vulnerable to you, and those end up being the truest songs. It's a very special song to us and defines Imagine Dragons up until this point." 

LifeSushi: Tell us about the road to get to this point in your careers?

Imgaine Dragons: "We've been at this for three years, playing hundreds of shows, handing out flyers, playing shows for one person in places you can't even imagine..and that's true rock and roll. If you haven't done that I don't think I could even relate to you as an artist. I remember playing this one place, Burt's Tiki Lounge in Salt Lake, and I love that venue, but 5 guys on stage, no tikis, and one person standing there! (laugher erupts from the band). I wanna say we played for the bartender!".

LifeSushi: So musicaly,what's next for you guys?

Imagine Dragons: "What's next for us? We are trying to broaden horizons in some ways while also trying to stay true to ourselves. We definitely have experimented with a lot of things which we are excited about. I think it would be a sad day in the music world when people decide to just stay within the confines of what's already been done".

The band will debut their new material at a handful of upcoming shows and at SXSW Music Festival in March and hitting the road with The Jezebels. 

Fresh cuts:  

It's Time - debut single from the band, with cherry mandolin melodies and foot stomping hand clapping beats with vocal hooks that make Mumford and Sons want another drink.  

Radio Active - Rock meets dub-step hip hop electronica..Coldplay and AwolNation making babies.  

Video: (official video is in post production and will be available shortly) 

Here is your MOMENT OF ZEN...The Imagine Dragons!

 

Till Next Time...

Chris Moradi

Life Sushi Music Editor

 

Have a question for us or an artist you would like us to interview next, hit us up... This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


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