Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds: Out of Pain Comes Art

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds just released a new single, “Believer.”

The song, which comes with an accompanying music video starring Dolph Lundgren, is all about how hard times and difficulty are what make people stronger for their future.

Speaking to People Magazine, Reynolds shared his struggle with ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory arthritic disease. He says the pain of that experience is what made him a “believer” in his work and his ability to create:

A lot of my greatest strengths are due to my greatest weaknesses or flaws or physical ailments. It brought me discipline, gratitude and compassion. The song is about how pain made me a believer. It’s made me a believer in myself, it’s made me a believer in my art and work. I wouldn’t have my art if it wasn’t for pain. It takes somewhat of a healthy place to appreciate it because when you’re in the midst of it you don’t appreciate it. You’re just upset.

The meaning of the song is really reflecting on specific things in my life that were painful, whether it was anxiety and dealing with crowds, feeling overwhelmed by that or the success of the band, disease, going through depression—anything that was a source of pain in my life. And just rising above that, finding a place of perspective where I could be appreciative of the pain in my life and make it my greatest strength.

Listen to the new song below.