Ross Smith – Interview with Sasha B

THE BOY SMITH – Three Chords and a Message.

Ross Smith is a 35 year old Singer/Song Writer based in Moray. With a Rustic voice and a way with with his words, The Boy Smith has been mesmerising us with his Acoustic streams as we experience a new meaning of “Live Music” during lockdown. Catching up with Ross, we learnt a lot about where the passion and influence came from and what we can expect from such a talented “Family Man” in the coming months. Here’s how it went…

What inspired you to get into Music?
To be honest, it was when I was in high school! One of my friends played the guitar and the other drums, but nobody was on bass, so I picked up a bass guitar and we played as a cover band for a couple of years. When I was younger and lived in Dundee, my friends were in a band called ‘The Energy Plan’ and supported an amazing band ‘The Hazy Janes’. I kind of followed them. I’ll happily say I felt like the least talented out of my friends, I felt like I latched on a wee bit like Jabba’s wee mate from Star Wars!! When my friends moved away it inspired me to pick up an acoustic guitar and start a journey of my own. Doing my own thing really helped build my confidence.

How would you describe the music you typically create?
Pretty much every song I’ve written is like an emotional, melancholy ballad! I struggle sometimes to write upbeat tunes but I get great feedback on the pieces I’ve written so far and most importantly they are relatable.

What’s your creative process when writing a new song?
Usually whilst I’m sat stewing in my thoughts after something has happened I tend to write things down in order for me to better process my thoughts. It’s always words first. Once that’s down I’ll take a look at the chord progression and a melody and then get it all put together. Once I’ve written the words down, usually I’ll chuck them to one side for a couple of months or until I’ve forgotten about them and then pick them up and finish them! I’m very unorganised, you should see the notepads everywhere that are filled with lyrics… like the mad ramblings of a lunatic.

Which celebrity would you most like to collaborate with?
There are so many amazing song writers out there like Pete Yorn or Joseph Arthur! But just for the banter it would have to be Lewis Capaldi! That would be amazing.

What’s the message you would like to send to those who follow your music?
I think what I’d like to say is that although my music sounds sad and depressing, I am not a sad or depressed person. I am happy and upbeat, some might say daft! Music is an outlet for me to get rid of unhappy moods, if I have a sad thought I like to express myself and get it written down and then it’s forgotten about, take it as It is.

Do you sing in the shower? If so, what songs?
Yes, I always sing in the shower! I’m always paranoid though because the window is open and it looks onto my neighbours garden where they can hear me! I’ll sing literally anything from the old stuff like Frankie Valli and the Four seasons to Baby Shark… it’s usually what my sons been listening to on Alexa.

How has lockdown been for you and your music?
Lockdown has actually worked wonders for not so much my music but for me! I’m a part of Jim the Janny’s Virtual Bar on Facebook where artists from all around the world do live performances. Just being able to perform for people and getting positive feedback along with constructive critiques has been great. Having influence and input from respected musicians from all around the country has just been amazing. For me, lockdown has been such a positive on my music.

What is your favourite song to perform and why?
Right now I would say that my favourite song to sing is an original I have been working on. It doesn’t actually have a name yet but you can find it on my page. “Times have changed, I have learned, if you play with fire, you’ll get burned”. It’s probably the closest you’ll get to an upbeat song from me. It’s from a pivotal moment in my life where things were getting better. I’d learnt from my mistakes and this song just really puts me in a good place when I sing it.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
A great musician from Dundee, Ian Eddie Brown, once said to me “all you need for a song is three chords and a message” I think that is amazing. You don’t have to be the best musician or the best singer in the world, as long as you have something you believe in and something people relate to – it’s all you need. Three chords and a message.

If you could change anything about the music industry what would it be?
Do you know what, if I could change anything it would actually be that I could do all gigs from my kitchen. I’ve decided that it’s my favourite venue ever! I’m close enough to the fridge that I can grab a drink and something to eat. Yeah if all gigs can be from my kitchen now, that would be great!

What’s next for The Boy Smith?
Normality. Going back to normality. I think I’ll be doing a lot more gigs too like busking and pub gigs, I’ve even been asked to do one or two weddings which is so cool! I’m happy not taking over the music industry. I am a family man and being a single Dad comes first! Music is more a sideline for me. I am Happy doing my own thing and if people enjoy it and relate to it, that’s good enough for me.

Ross Smith is an incredible musician, and I’m honoured to have been able to interview him for The SUBlist. Check out his socials! below


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