Imagine Dragons, an up-and-coming indie rock band from Las Vegas, had already made the top 20 alternative rock charts before releasing its first album.
It all started when lead singer Dan Reynolds needed a group to perform in BYU's Battle of the Bands. He got together some people on campus for the competition, which they won.
“At that point I decided, I have to do music,” Reynolds said. “That's when Imagine Dragons really started in my mind.”
It's one of the stories captured by a new series on BYUtv.
Imagine Dragons was the first band to be featured on "Audio-Files," which debuted April 10. The first season features 13 half-hour episodes highlighting a different rising band or musician in the independent music industry.
The May 1 episode, which airs at 8:30 p.m. MDT, features indie band Paper Route. Upcoming episodes will feature musicians such as Neon Trees, which reached No. 1 on the alternative rock charts with the breakout single “Animal"; LOW, Joshua James and Trampled By Turtles.
"Audio Files" explores a band or musician’s journey through the music industry. The musicians talk about what inspires them to write and perform music and what drove them to take the risk to go professional.
“How I write is more about the inner experience,” said folk singer/songwriter Mason Jennings, who was the subject of the second episode. “When a song starts to resonate inside me I just follow that thread.”
Each episode also contains two or three exclusive music videos, some of which can currently be viewed on the show's website or on YouTube.
“This project is something refreshing,” said Jared Shores, the show's development and supervising producer. “Each artist we worked with said this is the kind of programming that has been missing in the music industry. 'Audio-Files' is bridging the gap between indie and mainstream music by means of a visual and auditory journey.”
Shores said he expects a positive response from the viewers of "Audio-Files."
“We are excited for the emergence of this show and we are confident that our audience will revel in the national exposure of these once small-town bands,” Shores said. “Viewers should expect to be entertained by and enthralled in the musicians’ stories, talent and rare performances.”
To view previously-aired episodes and YouTube video clips or to find out more information, visit audio-files.com.
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