Aidin Vaziri | It only took four singles but Bastille, the British band that started as a bedroom project by frontman Dan Smith, finally broke through with the song “Pompeii.” Taken from the group’s debut album, last year’s “Bad Blood,” the song recently cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and elevated Bastille’s profile in a major way. Calling from a stop on the outfit’s seemingly never-ending tour, Smith tells us about how he has adjusted to the attention. Bastille plays Thursday at the Warfield.
Q: I don’t imagine you were much of an extrovert growing up.
A: I very much was not. I made music just for fun.
Q: Has it taken time to learn to be a public figure?
A: It has been a bit of an adjustment. Initially, I struggled a bit. It’s an odd thing getting onstage in front of people. But we’ve been quite lucky because we had three or four years to adjust – particularly in the U.K., where our progression from playing for four people in the pub to stadiums has been steady and constant. When you do something every day, you have to normalize it.