Takeover Tuesday: Bastille's Dan Smith Shares the Artists & Songs Inspiring the Band's Next Album


Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.

As Bastille continue putting the finishing touches on their third studio album, they returned to the spotlight in May with their party-heavy single “Quarter Past Midnight.” The song marks an introduction to the different turn they're taking with their new content, steering away from the political and world issues the band addressed on their sophomore effort, Wild World. Their forthcoming album, remaining untitled as now, will seek to focus on escapism, giving fans a reason to let loose instead contemplating political happenings and stirring up discussions. 

Deep in the creative process, Bastille frontman Dan Smith and his fellow bandmates have been drawing influences from fellow musicians and jamming out to a wide variety music. “We’ve been locked up in our studio for the past few months finishing our new album, but I’m obsessed with new music and always love discovering things I haven’t heard before and going to see gigs as an ear-break from our stuff,” Smith says.

When it came to putting together a playlist for Takeover Tuesday, naturally Smith compiled the songs they've been listening to on repeat as they've worked on their album, a unique collection pop, rock and singer/songwriter content. Smith highlights the impact live shows have played on them as late: “I was lucky enough to see King Princess play a show in LA a few weeks ago and was really impressed by her show. I saw Sigrid at a festival we were playing recently and loved seeing her massive tunes realized. And Perfume Genuis’ album — though not that new — totally exploded to life for me when I saw it live.”

He also draws inspiration from some recent work from bigger names such as Florence + The Machine, as well as newer artists on the scene. “Akine is an incredible 17-year-old songwriter from the Ukraine that my friend turned me on to. I’m also really excited that Florence is back with new music and have always been a big fan the world she creates. The same goes for Mura Masa.”

As the group pieces together their upcoming album, take a listen to the artists that are inspiring them in the studio musically and personally: