frtyfve seconds with... Aaron Smith

Written by frtyfve crew

We sat down with fast-rising Singer/Songwriter Aaron Smith ahead of his debut EP release.

Scottish Singer/ Songwriter Aaron Smith has caused quite a stir within the music industry of late. Seemingly out of nowhere, his debut single 'Unspoken' pinched the highly prized top spot on both Spotify's "New Music Friday" & Apple Music's "Best of the Week" (now New Music Daily) playlists. Aaron's earthy yet ethereal sound has since garnered widespread praise, with many tipping him to follow in the footsteps of fellow Scott, Lewis Capaldi. What's more, with a debut EP on the way & a brand new single out today, things are looking increasingly bright for this exciting new artist.

But how did this young songwriter from a small town 50 miles outside of Glasgow, go from writing songs in his bedroom to topping Beyoncé & Sam Smith on global streaming playlists? To find out, we sat down with Aaron for a quick-fire 45 second interview. Here's what went down👇


Aaron, thanks for joining the frtyfve team for a quick chat. Tell us a bit about your story and why you decided to become a songwriter.

I picked up a guitar when I was 6 and it kinda just went from there. I started singing when I got to about 15 because I wanted to go out and busk and that wasn’t going to work with just a guitar. After that I started to take music more seriously and wanted to write my own songs which I’ve been doing for a couple years now so if feels good to start getting my stuff out there.

Which 3 artists inspired you most to get into music and why?

It's hard to pick but I’d say the 3 artists that inspired me most were John Mayer, City and Colour and Chris Martin. They all had a big impact on me when it came to finding my own writing style. The way they wrote taught me a lot about music and inspired me to give it a go myself.

Your debut single 'Unspoken' recently hit the top spot on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ & Apple Music’s ‘Best of the Week’. How did it feel to be above the likes of Beyonce & Sam Smith?

Very very cool. They are both amazing artists so was a bit of a shock really, seemed a bit surreal that someone would put a guy from Scotland above some of the biggest artists in the world. The support for Unspoken has just been incredible, to be included in so many playlists worldwide is mad.

There’s a growing belief in the music industry that artists no longer need major labels to succeed. What’s your view on this?

I think it really depends what avenue you want to go down. I believe that major labels are still very relevant nowadays and you do need them but there are other ways to put out the music by yourself and still be successful. There’s no right or wrong way in this industry you just need to give it a go and see what happens.

With that in mind, how would you sum up how it feels to be an independent artist in 3 words?

Class, amazing, skint.

Finally, who were you cheering for in the old firm last weekend. Rangers or Celtic?

Celtic of course.

Thanks for your time Aaron, that's our 45 seconds up. All the best for the future, we're all looking forward to the new EP.

Thanks guys!

Listen to Aaron's new single 'Better Than You Loved Me' 👉 HERE

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