As a result of successful features on tracks such as Disclosure’s popular “Latch”(2012) and Naughty Boy’s “LaLaLa”(2013) Sam Smith gained increasing national attention in the UK over the past two years. As a result of his growing success he began headlining concerts such as Radio 1's Future Festival and was recognized in 2014 with the highly acclaimed BRIT Critics’ Choice Award. This was not enough for him, he strived for more.
traveled overseas to the United States in the realm of his “Nirvana” Tour. Through this, the Cambridgeshire export hopes to promote himself and his latest musical endeavor, the “Nirvana” EP, to American audiences.
Surprisingly, the EP only contains four tracks: “Safe with me”, “Nirvana”, “I’ve told you now” and “Money on my mind”, all preview cuts from his upcoming debut album “In the Lonely Hour”. However, with each song as rich with vocal and instrumental diversity as the next, four tracks are plenty. When listening to the album one is constantly exposed to opposites. Fast paced, clear beats meet smooth, calm vocals. Justin Timberlake meets UK grime. Each song is packed with almost cliché romance and presented with a vocal performance so unique and beautiful that open-mouths and Goosebumps are the only natural reaction. “(My music) is very personal (because) I want to connect with people as honestly as I can. I write about my life and forget about the whole world when I write music.” the 21-year old revealed in an interview with Vevo Lift. Although Sam Smith’s lyrics are predominantly influenced by his emotions, he also addresses deeper topics about life itself. In his hit-single “Money on my Mind” Sam Smith sings about living in a society driven by greed towards monetary opportunities. In the chorus Smith sings “No I have no money on my mind No money on my mind, No money on my mind, No I have no money on my mind… just love”. By repeating the phrase multiple times, doubt in the validity of the statement seeps through to the listener. The music video to the hit-single underlines the message. Shot in Las Vegas it shows gambling, a wealthy old man marrying a young blonde at a chapel and a waitress prostituting herself for a few extra dollars.
Sam Smith is talent in its purest form. An underground talent that is gradually merging into mainstream. A hidden gem slowly coming to the surface. A man hungry for success who is not afraid to step out of his own comfort zone to attain it. “ I have a taste of what it feels like and I just want it to stay. (But) don’t stay comfortable in the sounds I am presenting to you.” Smith told Vevo Lift,”It is never going to stay the same. I always want to change and take risks. I want to constantly challenge myself.”