What do you get when you cross an up and coming indie rock band from Las Vegas with a hit-making, London-born hip-hop producer? The answer may be a debut album custom-built for international success. Since signing a record deal last year, Imagine Dragons have been working on their debut LP Night Visions (out September 4, album teaser here) with “I Need A Doctor” and “Love The Way You Lie” studio whiz Alex da Kid. And as he tells us, the band’s fans who dug their first EPs are in for something special with their major label debut, set for release via Interscope in partnership with his own KIDinaKORNER Records.
“They can expect the music to still be very much representative of the band, but they’ve definitely grown and progressed as artists so the music will reflect that,” says Alex da Kid. “Since I’ve started working with them, I think it was understood that we would take everything to the next level – from marketing to incorporating different musical influences for a bigger sound.”
Imagine Dragons member D Wayne Sermon explained to Idolator that Night Visions is a culmination of band’s past three years spent working together.
“With all the playing and writing we’ve done together, a lot of people might be surprised that we haven’t put an album together in all that time,” Sermon says. “But for us, the EPs were tangible ways to gauge what we at that particular point in time. When a batch of songs seemed to makes sense and work together, we’d release them together. We hadn’t felt like we knew what we were yet, but were searching and getting closer the more we wrote and played together. But we love albums, and we love listening to albums. We want to be a band that writes full albums that you can stick in your car and enjoy the whole way through.”
Sermon also feels that Alex has added a new level of studio know-how to all members of Imagine Dragons. “We all have an incredible amount of respect for Alex. He works incredibly hard, and has a true passion and love for music,” he says. “One of the great things we’ve learned about him as a producer is that when something sounds right, it is right. It doesn’t matter how something gets created, if it helps serve the song, it belongs in the song. Whether it’s a guitar part recorded in a million dollar studio, or something I’ve recording at my little home studio, if it helps the song, it’s correct.
Watch the clip of Imagine Dragons in the studio with Alex above, and then visit their official website. Also, let us know in the comments if you’ll be picking up a copy of Night Visions, or by hitting us up on Facebook and Twitter.