Sam Smith might have only just released his debut album, but he’s already crammed several careers’ worth of work into his life so far.
Now 22, the Cambridgeshire-born singer has been preparing for this moment since he was 12, the year he got his first manager.
By the time he was 18, and moving to London, he’d already recorded an album that’d been written for him (it’s never been released), written and discarded many songs of his own and been through several managers.
His current managers put him in touch with another of their charges, dance duo Disclosure, and during their first meeting they wrote a song called Latch.
Released in late 2012, it eventually charted at No 11, while shortly after, Disclosure’s album Settle went to No 1. Shortly after that, Smith left his bar job to concentrate on music full time
The successes carried on coming. The album, In The Lonely Hour, was written with a number of co-writers, the almost ubiquitous Eg White and Fraser T Smith, among others, and Manchester artist Simon Aldred, better known as Cherry Ghost.
“I used to see songwriting as therapy, but I don’t want to write any more at the moment, so I have to use interviews as therapy. I feel like I wrote so much last year, and I want to live a little bit; go drinking, enjoy my gigs, meet my fans and all that, before I get too heavily involved in writing again. Then I’ll have more to write about.” Smith will be touring in the autumn with a date in Glasgow on 23 October.
“I just wanted to make an album,” says Smith. “I think people are greedy for singles, so I didn’t want to do that.
“I’d rather make an album that 10 people love, than millions of people think is OK. I want to make an album that lasts forever, so I have to be happy with it. And I really am.”