The UK indie pop and alternative rock group, Bastille, was created by Dan Smith in the year 2010. Bastille is a four-member group: Dan Smith (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion), Chris Wood (drums, percussion, backing vocals, programming), Will Farquarson (guitar, bass, backing vocals, piano, keyboards), and Kyle Simmons (guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals). The band’s name comes from Bastille Day, (14th of July), which happens to be Smith's birthday, also. Up till now, the band has sold over 8 million records globally.
Bastille released their debut single and an EP with the help of an independent label named Young & Lost Club (2010), but in 2011 they signed a contract with Virgin Records. The band began their musical journey with the release of their single “Flaws/ Icarus” (2010). It wasn’t a great success (only 300 copies were made), but it helped the band in the long run. “Bad Blood” was released in 2013 and by 2014 it was declared the biggest selling digital album of 2013, placing it as number one in the UK charts. Due to this album, Bastille was nominated not for one but four Brit Awards. They received the British Breakthrough Act. Since their debut, the band has been nominated and won several awards (Billboard Music Awards, Grammys and so on). Their second album under the Virgin label is “Wild World” (2016). All the songs from this album are the work of Dan Smith. The first single “Good Grief” has reached over 5 million views on YouTube.
Bastille’s music in the media industry
Bastille’s music can be heard in movies such as “Finding Carter”, “Made in Chelsea”, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Teen Wolf”, and the trailer for “EastEnders' autumn”. The band was also involved in the gaming industry with songs for FIFA 13 and 16. “Laura Palmer”, besides being used in “Hollyoaks”, was recorded for the game “The Sims 3: Supernatural”, also.