Imagine Dragons performed at the American Music Awards and then The GRAMMYs. Both performances were well received. Both performances were complimented with awards won that evening. Also both performances were enjoyed by a one Taylor Swift, who was seen on camera front and center rocking out to the band’s sounds.
“We’ve played a couple of events before with Taylor and yunno, she always an enthusiastic supporter of us,” bassist Ben McKee told “The Ralphie Show.”
“Anytime we look out and see Taylor Swift dancing, we’re pretty sure we’re doing something right,” added drummer Daniel Platzman. The band member also confirmed that when they’re on stage, Swift’s unmistakable silhouette dancing in the front row is pretty much impossible to miss.
“She was getting down. I think that’s cool,” lead singer Dan Reynolds chimed in. “I think people should express themselves and I feel like more and more, hopefully in society people are ok with letting others express themselves however they want.”
Reynolds also offered Swift props for not being too cool to enjoy herself amongst celebrities and a national television audience.
“To me, the less cool thing to do is to try and act a certain way,” he said.
Reynolds and his band know a thing or two about cool. Imagine Dragons only has one album out, but Night Visions is almost double platinum in the U.S. alone, spawning three big hits in the process. In addition to other artists in the crowd enjoying themselves, the Las Vegas-based quartet has gained notoriety for an artist that collaborates with them on stage: rapper Kendrick Lamar. But despite the acts seamlessly mashing up “Radioactive” and Lamar’s “m.A.A.d city,” don’t expect any features on the band’s next LP.
“We’re really not even thinking fully what we’re going to do with the second album,” Reynolds revealed. “We’ve just been writing without thought.”
The front man told Rolling Stone that the Dragons are currently 50 demos deep in to those writing sessions.
“I think we have a lot of work to do on our own,” guitarist Wayne Sermon explained, “to kind of establish ourselves and to have that confidence in ourselves to identify a sound and to continue to grow before we reach out to other people.”
“But, yeah, you never know.”