Bastille began as an alternative identity for Dan Smith, a vehicle for his numerous ideas. Why Bastille? You could say Dan chose it because it connotes revolution and change, but really it's just because his birthday falls on Bastille Day and he wanted something neutral yet evocative enough to describe his rhythmically and melodically inventive indie-R&B-pop. As he says, "It's anonymous and it allows me the freedom to do what I want." Oh, and because he didn't want to trade as Dan Smith: troubadour.
Dan put the first Bastille songs online in autumn 2010, but it was when he uploaded a video for his song Flaws at the start of 2011, which he had cut together with footage from Terence Mallick’s Badlands, that he noticed a real reaction.
Bastille will perform at Dot to Dot Festival 2012.