The rising singer-songwriter talks new EP, exploring a different sound and what else he has in store for 2020.
Having made a stellar comeback with recent singles “Brother” and “Your Turn Now”, Scottish singer-songwriter Aaron Smith has dropped his second EP “For My Father” today and we already can’t get enough. Taking us through a wide range of emotions with riveting storytelling and sombre bass lines, Smith explores the demons that haunted him in his adolescence on his latest EP. Stand out tune ‘Unconditional” captures our attention immediately with solemn pianos and Smith’s candid lyrics guiding us through this deeply personal track.
Speaking on the track, the singer-songwriter said, “When I wrote “Unconditional” it was a time where I was away from my loved ones constantly and it was quite hard. It was kind of my letter to them saying that I’m okay and that we are still close. I’ve always been very close with family so not seeing them was quite tough.”
The rising star has caused quite the stir in the past 12 months with the release of his debut single “Unspoken” snagging the top spot on both Spotify UK Music chart and Apple’s Best of the Week playlist, beating out Beyonce and Sam Smith. We caught up with Smith talking the new EP, inspirations and what else he has in the pipeline for 2020.
Check out the interview below…
Hi Aaron, how was lockdown for you? Tell us something you learned from the experience?
The lockdown was pretty tough for me if I’m honest. I think it taught me not to take life for granted. Can’t wait to be back out playing live too. Missing it a lot more than I thought I would.
Who did you grow up listening to? How have your Scottish roots influenced your sound?
I grew up listening to John Mayer, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, and Bon Iver. I don’t think where I came from really influenced my music now.
Congratulations on your new single “Unconditional” – will you tell us what it is about and was inspired by?
Thanks very much! And the story behind Unconditional was basically about being away from your family/loved ones and your love for them not ever-changing.
And it’s taken from your EP “For My Father” – what was the inspiration behind it, and the name?
Sadly, I don’t have a great relationship with my Father but it was really just an open letter to him about how I felt.
Your music comes from a very vulnerable and raw place – is it terrifying opening up that part of yourself for the public?
It is quite a scary thought opening up to people who don’t know you and the fact that they can judge your story.
How do you hope people will feel when they listen to your music?
I’ve always said I wanna make people cry with my music. But in a good way. As weird as that sounds it’s just a thing that’s always stuck out for me.
What’s next for you? What are you excited about in 2020?
I’m currently finishing off another EP for future release. I’ve been writing a lot and trying out different sounds and styles and enjoying the process of it all.