It’s Music Friday and what better way to celebrate this week then with an interview with up and coming pop musician Smilee. She has recently released her new single Wavelength which has had over a 100,000 streams already so it is the perfect time to catch up and find out all about it.
Hello Smilee tell us three unknown facts about yourself?
I’m vegan and brought up vegetarian.
I have lots of Pat Butcher memorabilia
I have an addiction to avocados and all Indian food.
How did you get into music?
I attended a Saturday dance school and started to have singing lessons there, and then aged 14 gained a place at The Brit School!
Where do you find your inspirations?
I’m majorly inspired by Soul and Motown music, 90’s R&B plus I love all House Music too.
Tell us all about your latest single Wavelength?
It’s a Soulful vocal sound with a mix of future bass pop and an ethereal dance vibe.
How long did it take to write the song?
Where does the inspiration for the song come from?
It’s a song about meeting someone when it is just right; It really is very powerful when that happens. Some people are just your people!
Tell us about how you have been making music in lockdown?
I actually wrote 3 songs over Zoom in lockdown! I also had the time to write down loads of lyrics too. I love writing the lyrics and concepts first.
What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?
There’s nothing challenging, it’s just a pure joyous thing to do!
What is your favourite song you have ever written and why?
Wavelength unplugged version because I love singing a power ballad!
How do you go about writing lyrics?
I have to write about things that I feel strongly about then the lyrics just happen.
What inspires you?
Art -transferring emotion; this can change the world .
How do you warm up for a show?
Enough sleep and water . I’ve got lots of warm up techniques I do daily also.
Also let’s talk tour – will there be live shows coming next year?
Yes absolutely as many as possible!
What is one of your favourite songs to perform live?
I can’t choose between a ballad that touches people’s hearts, or an uplifting dance track when the place goes wild!
What is the toughest songs to perform live and why?
Something you don’t connect with. I have to feel what I am singing otherwise I can’t get anything right or remember the lyrics!
How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?
Cooking and exercise, just generally not rushing around has helped me to focus on being creative!
Has it lead to lots more songs?
For sure, given half the chance I would make music everyday of every week!
Out site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?
All my songs are from improvising the best hooks and melodies happen organically like this when you are not under pressure they just pop in your head.
What are your plans for 2020 / 2021?
New music, tours and some very exciting collaborations!
And finally why should people check out your music?
It’s a new sound. I aim to entertain with the storytelling and a soulful vocal sound.