Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Kurt Vile, Methyl Ethyl, Kevin Morby


band members

S.J. Smith


Website

sjsmith.org

Bio

On the surface S.J. Smith’s music is a comfortable medley of lush guitars, warm vocals and infectious melodies; digging a little deeper, however, uncovers an underlying earnestness and unreserved honesty in his writing. Conceptualised through self-reflection and often with a strong sense of nostalgia, Smith’s songs are an ode to those that may find themselves disorientated in the rapid turbulence of life, or — if you’d rather, a simple and pleasant escape.

So far, it has been single after single for the Melbourne-based musician, but S.J. Smith’s debut album is finally ready to be released into the world. It has already gained some early industry praise, after recently securing​ 6th place ​in ​Happy Mag’s 2019​ Needle In the Hay ​Competition​, judged from over 1,000 entries. As a completely independent musician, finishing his debut has been a long arduous process, but one he admits needed to take time. Set for releases in early 2020, S.J. Smith is gearing up for a year that he hopes will see his music reach new and exciting areas.

‘Dojo Daze’​ ​is the third single to be released from S.J. Smith’s upcoming album. Combining charmingly nonchalant vocals, lush saxophone breaks and percussive breakdowns, the Melbourne-based artist’s latest offering is catchy, propulsive and, at times, downright groovy. The song was inspired by his time living in an inner-city karate dojo, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne - it's about rejuvenation and finding peace with wherever you're at in life.

You can catch S.J. Smith launch the single live at The Gasometer hotel on the 17th of December. Tickets on sale now via moshtix.com.au.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

17 Dec 2019

Triple J
35

Got my rollerblades tied tight and I'm hitting a leisurely pace down the beachside boardwalk. Outta my way world, I'm in the spot.

Got my rollerblades tied tight and I'm hitting a leisurely pace down the beachside boardwalk. Outta my way world, I'm in the spot.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

10 Dec 2019

Triple J
40

this won me over with the gradual build and payoff. you make it sound so simple but you can tell every part is meticulously crafted.

this won me over with the gradual build and payoff. you make it sound so simple but you can tell every part is meticulously crafted.

Review

Review by Veronica Milsom Veronica Milsom

15 Jan 2016

Triple J
40

What a charming tune. Can totally imagine listening to this at a summer festival with a big smile pasted on my stupid face.

What a charming tune. Can totally imagine listening to this at a summer festival with a big smile pasted on my stupid face.