Deaf Havana was formed when the original members met at the King's Lynn campus of The College of West Anglia. The band's roots can, however, be traced back much further with Ryan Mellor, James Veck-Gilodi and Lee Wilson all attending Smithdon High School and playing together in various local scene bands. At college, these members were joined by Tom Ogden and Sebastian Spitz. This early lineup saw Veck-Gilodi singing and Mellor taking guitar and vocal duties. The name "Deaf Havana" came from former guitarist Sebastian Spitz, however the name itself has no literal meaning.
On 8 August 2013 the band were again invited Zane Lowe's Radio One show to premier their new single 'Mildred' as the 'Hottest Record in the World'. Matt Veck-Gilodi supplied the interview on the behalf of the band and was interviewed by Radio One DJ Huw Stephens, who was deputizing for Zane Lowe.
Throughout this period the band continued to perform live and were reward for recent success with place supporting Bruce Springsteen at the annual Hard Rock Calling festival and Muse on the German part of their tour. They were also invited to play on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage at the 2013 Reading and Leeds Festivals. On an individual level the band announced their biggest ever headline tour to take place at eight locations across the UK in October 2013 finishing at The Roundhouse in London. It was announced that on their UK tour the band will be supported by singer/songwriter Charlie Simpson and Big Sixes, who supported them on their 'An Evening with Deaf Havana - Unplugged' tour. Old Souls will be released in the US on 21 January 2014.