The Dragons have landed. The band signed a multi-album, seven-figure deal with Interscope and KIDinaKORNER according to Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and confirmed by an Interscope publicist. KIDinaKORNER is the label run by Grammy-winning British hip-hop producer Alex da Kid (Eminem, Rihanna), who contacted the Vegas synth-rockers four months ago.
“Alex has done a lot of really incredible stuff with great artists,” says Reynolds during a phone chat. “He asked us to come to L.A. and write songs with him, and we’ve been going nonstop ever since.”
Reynolds says he’s still reeling from having met and signed contracts with legendary Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine.
“It’s the right deal at the right time, and it’s been a long time coming,” explains Reynolds. “We’ve turned down other offers before, but this one is too good.”
Indeed, the quintet has been knockin’ around town for more than three years now, and always been popular and a critical favorite, self-releasing three EPs in that time. But the important thing for Imagine Dragons fans to know at this point is the band will stay true to its sound. I get in a hard dig on Reynolds, reminding him that the last record by his buddies The Killers sounded like a collection of Madonna B-sides.
“Look, Alex wants to do rock, and he wants us to be Imagine Dragons,” Reynolds assures me. “Hopefully we’ll just sound better, more mature.”
The 2012 release has no working title, no release date, but Reynolds hopes to get it out early in the year. He admits there’s a possibility that previous, older Dragons tunes songs could appear on the album, because Kid and Iovine “love the old stuff.”
“The last few months have been a roller coaster,” says Reynolds. “We’re excited for the future.”