What is your names?
A – Peter M. Smith – M is for Michael
What is your genre of music?
A – Rock, good old fashioned uncomplicated Rock…
So many labels floating about these days!! People trying to be profound!
Give us a little bio about you
A – I was born in Dublin in an ordinary, working class family. Raised by My mother and Grandmother.
Started writing and singing at about 12. Talent competitions in Dublin is how I started. Wrote some hit singles for UK artists in electro pop Genre and formed bands when I was in late teens. Got a deal to rite and release 2 years ago and here we are! Had a no.1 in 2015, in Ireland with Love Will Tear Us Apart and wrote a No. 2 (Imagery) for JD Kelleher in 2016. Still standing!
Are you a signed?
To a small indy label called Lonely Child Music
You set to release ‘High’ ,tell us more about that.
I wrote High about my girlfriend at the time 2015 and now wife, Jessica. It is very important to me. All my songs are I guess, but this one is special. It is my favourite song on this album.
What was the recording process like?
I actually have recorded this twice, once with my band, Sonic Brother, who I tour with and once with the famous Lax ‘N’ Busto – They have sold a million records in Spain – and are legends! So to record with them is a learning curve as well as a great thrill!
What was the writing process like?
I tend to wake up during the night with an idea, maybe a basic chord structure of a lyrical piece that lives with me and build around it.
From there it happens quickly. I always say, if you are mulling over a song too much, it’s not a good song..
Describe the track in three words.
Energetic, Honest, Sexy
You collaborate with Lax ‘N’ Busto, how did that come about?
I was a fan, plain and simple. I went along to a concert of theirs in a place called Llorenc, just outside Barcelona. The crowd was about 10,000 strong and they were singing in Catalan, which is similar to Spanish.. They blew me away, every person there knew their songs religiously. Musically they sounded like Bon Jovi, at their peak and I wanted loved the melodies of their songs. I said to my cousin, a Catalan, that I would love to hear these songs in English. Anyway, fate would have it that I was a jam session in a blues bar a month later and I was asked up to sing. Their drummer Jimmy Pinol was on the stage and after we jammed some Hendrix and U2 he asked to meet me and we began immediately to work together.
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, some piano and a bit of guitar. I have played at weddings for friends and was much better years ago. I have time now to write and use the guitar for that.
Who are your influences?
Morrissey – the genius, Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Phil Lynott, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Kurt Cobain and Prince.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
From everyday life.. I think to write you have to care about something first and for people. Life is rich and full of chances to just observe and write things down. It’s important not to take yourself to seriously. If you can laugh at yourself you can write about anything.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
With more children, (we are pregnant with twin girls) loving my wife even more and having played more music that makes me happy!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love football, and especially Liverpool FC. So my mood is dictated by their bad defending!! I love being with my wife and her family also, we have good parties in our house, eating good Colombian food and listening to music.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
Croke Park.. 100%
What would be your dream show to have your music played on?
A great question! There are so few left.. The Old Grey Whistle Test.. a long defunct show.. Youtube it.. All the great Bowie performance are on there.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Morrissey or Radiohead
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Nirvana’s In Bloom – The whole Nevermind album pushed me into the game – I was 14 when I heard this songs.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Stay true to you..
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Do not compromise on your style or direction. If you do, you’ll be half assed. So many people have ‘your best interests at heart’. Do not let their ‘best interests’ change what you are doing. Remember the reason they wanna deal with you is the sound you are already making.. Stay true to that sound.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Stay true to you.. or to thine own self be true. Most good people can smell a faker.. Don’t sell out to that shit! Be yourself, speak your mind and the right people will never forget you.
You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
My Mothers – she is usually out on her bike though!!
2/ where is the first place you see
The city centre – HMV – where I bought my first records.. Yes ‘records’!!
3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get
Abrakebabra… So bad!! Yet SO gooood!!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The plastic bottle of Jack Daniels that I sneak in so I don’t pay €8 for a beer just 2 euros for a mixer!
To go to the bathroom when the artist starts playing their new stuff, cos that’s not what I am there for !
Taxi fare home
Buy a tee shirt – support the artist!!!
Camera phone for the epic moments!!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Facebook – www.facebook.com/petersmithsings