Interview with Mr. SMITH Connect the emotion...

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PopsFanzine: Who is MR Smith? Tell us something about your story.
Mr. Smith: Mr. Smith is a songwriter, artist, lawyer, amazing son, and good brother to my siblings. Musically, Mr. Smith is just sharing real stories about real shit he has experienced – and doing it with passion, conviction, vulnerability, transparency, and class. Mr. Smith is dope AF!

PF: After a long time writing music for other ones, finally you started your own way. In what point you decided “well, now it’s the time”?
MS: When I finished law school and passed the bar, my oldest brother would always say, “Instead of taking care of everyone else, I want you to focus on yourself and fully live your life lil brother.” In March 2016, he passed away, and it was this advice that pushed me to live deliberately – accomplishing ALL that I desire.

PF: We notice you’re a man with a lot of talents. In your music you play writing pop, soul or R&B; but a lot of different styles are there. How you define your kind of music and style?
MS: Well, I would define my music/sound as Pop/Soul. My album contains influences from Adele, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Babyface, and Amy Winehouse. I’m so excited to deliver this body of work – my way!

PF: Who are your most important references and music influences?
MS: Growing up, my primary musical influences were both Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder. In fact when I was in the third grade, it was on my way to school one morning, that I discovered I could actually sing as I sang along to Stevie Wonder’s, “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”

PF: You’re a lawyer. Your experience in this field helped you to walk with more security in the industry?
MS: Yeah, in many ways, the process of becoming a lawyer made me fearless! In fact, this is the most confident and comfortable that I have ever felt in my life.

PF: For years you’ve worked behind the scenes as a songwriter, and have collaborated with both Kandi and T-Boz. How was this experience? And what’s the difference writing your own stuff?
MS: I really enjoy songwriting – and I’m dope at it! I am very particular about who I collaborate with, and co-writing with Kandi was super creative and easy – we just clique. The difference in writing for myself is that I am 100% free to say what I want – to just be me.

PF: Well, you’re a solo artist, but do you play with a band in your shows?
MS: At a Mr. Smith show, you can expect to see me accompanied by a dope band and dope background vocalists.

PF: Our readers they are avid to discover different sounds to impact them. Why do you think you’ll be able to hit it where other artists (even famous) have failed?
MS: My hope is that people will be able to connect with the raw emotion and truth in my songs. I believe that when you are singing about authentic/real situations, people tend to always connect with that – they can relate.

PF: What about your words? Which things consider MR Smith in your lyrics?
MS: Well, all of the lyrics paint a picture of a specific experience I have had – good, bad or indifferent.

PF: Outside from NY, even the States there’s a lot of potential fans that they would like to know how you are in your daily life, Can you say them some words?
MS: Honestly, I am a really chill and laid-back due. I enjoy my friends and family. Most people think I am serious all the time, but I can be very silly. I enjoy a good ass laugh!

PF: What other things are really important in your life — apart from music — that help keep you motivated?
MS: Well, ensuring that I am a solid example for and good uncle to my nieces and nephew motivates me. Also, making sure I utilize my blessings to bless others is important to me.

PF: Are you preparing a next tour? Where?
MS: As a matter of fact, I am currently in talks to open for a number of shows scheduled in 2017! Once it’s finalized, I can tell everybody!

PF: If our readers they want to buy your music, where they can do it?
MS: Yes, my music can be purchased in all digital outlets (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify, etc). I might even be easier to just visit my website (www.MrSmithEsq.com), and buy directly from there.

Thanks. It was really great to talk with you. Good luck and success!

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Mr. Smith

Pop, Soul, Independent pop
From: New York, NY, USA

Label: 1223 Music
Site: www.mrsmithesq.com

Band Members

  • Stannis Smith – Writer, singer, producer

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