Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Waiting For Smith

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Skylight Dawn:  It was written and demoed in an afternoon with a guy I’d never met before called Dane Etteridge – who’s now a real soul brother.

All I knew, is he had written & worked with a few names like Lewis Capaldi…

I walked into his studio with this melody and line that went like “something I now notice , Something I now Notice…you’re saving me”

He asked me “ Who’s saving you, from what?” We talked and talked – instantly connected, and I explained to him that It was this epiphany I’d had. How in relationships when you feel challenged, it doesn’t always means it’s not right! It can also mean you’re growing together. That was the feelin’ I wanted to convey.

When you realise you’re healing together – you see the beauty in the struggle. It’s almost like a joyous desperation, like tears of pain, joy & relief all at the same time. 

The song just started to appear in front of us like it was there waiting to be found amongst the emotion…

“In a skylight dawn when the moons so silent. We’re better together…”

“…In a skylight dawn when the moons so silent I couldn’t love you more

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

First proper single with PR and write up was “Monkeys in My Head” in 2018, I thought it was gonna be a hit haha. I was super happy but I went actually mad making it. Did like 80 mixes. I was trying to create perfection…I soon let that go though. I still think it’s a hit.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Tidal Wave my latest one. I think it’s beautiful, sad and has message of hope.

Your favourite song to play live:

Probably “Trying Not To Try” the focus track off the new EP. Out November 25th. It’s upbeat and kinda groovy but also you feel this melancholic but hopeful emotion come through…it’s what the song is about …Trying Not To Try – allowing things to flow by taking action but not trying too hard.

Feels really good to sing and play. 

The song that was the longest to write and why?

So far nothing I’ve released took very long to write, as I think the good ones come quick. Sometimes in 10 minutes, must mostly a couple of hours…mainly to finish working on the lyrics. 

The records for “Trying Not To Try” EP took two years to finish. As I took a 4 month break in South Africa to digest the songs before mixing and the world was a little upside down. 

Your most emotional track:

Skylight Dawn has to be up there for me. But people always come back to “Life She Don’t Lie” & “Song for Grace”.

An artist I really admire though and someone who I occasional message , Joy Downer, wrote me the most incredible response about “Tired Mind” 

“it’s been such a long time since I’ve been so moved by a song”. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

I’ll give you a few I love, because I love lyrics:

In a skylight dawn when the moons so silent

We’re better together

We’re urban trees on concrete streets

-Skylight Dawn

I learned some lessons that have lasted me

Two more lifetimes than anyone should see

– Tired Mind

I ran with horses until the dark set in

I’ve dined with Buddhists over chips and gin

– Little Old Book

And I have seen that knowing dilutes

A curious mind in search of truth

– Run

Happiness a charm is more complex than your palm.

Everybody yearns for some, but nobody’s calm

-Long Life

Every song I write is always the same

But a million words could never truly explain 

That every day that was I was up 

Was everyday I felt enough 

– Tidal Wave

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Fully alive & present…I feel like I’m living to the fullest, I can hear my heartbeat in my chest, my sense of sight, smell and touch all increase. In that moment I feel home and like I meant to be spreading joy

The hardest track to play live:

It used to be “Trade It In”. But we changed it live, so it now grooves more like it was written rather than how it was produced. It’s a song about “being yourself” so it has to feel free!

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Throat comfort, Yogi Tea, Yoga Matt, sage to clear rooms when you’re sleeping in unknown spaces every night – makes me feel at home and more peaceful….oh and of course my guitar, keyboard, any band members that are needed…can’t do much of a live show without them.. beers and food after the show are always free ☺

Describe your fans in three words:

Hope, Heart & Feeling

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

So many… 

She’s Always A Woman – Billy Joel

Only For A Moment – Lola Marsh

You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman) – Carol King

Wish you well – Wrabel 

Fever To The Form – Nick Mulvey 

In My Secret Life – Leanard Cohen 

Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones

Holy – Justin Beiber 

Right Down The Line – Gerry Raferty 

Pressure Drop – Toots & The Maytals

Stay – Kid Laroi

As It Was – Harry Styles 

Brim Full of Asha – Cornershop 

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

Riptide – Vance Joy 

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – Bob Dylan 

Respect – Aretha Franklin

I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith 

Getting Started – Sam Fender

What we can look forward to from your band/you as an artist this year:

24th Nov – Waiting for Smith @The Waiting Room, London – EP Show.

25th Nov. “Trying Not To Try” EP Release 

1st January 2023 “Happy New Years Day” – Single

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