Kim Smith is a prolific songwriter, singer and guitarist based on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. Kim spent a lot of time travelling in her younger years which influenced and inspired her song-writing. Kim's lyrics are taken directly from her life experiences giving her music an authentic and genuine quality. Kim has a raw rock sound that has been compared to a female version of AC/DC with her voice a hybrid of Melissa Etheridge, Joan Jett, Chrissy Amphlett, Patti Smith and Marianne Faithful. Her most recent EP is titled 'Thunder Run.'
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. My mother used to get guitar lessons and she would practice at night when I was 10 years old. I used to get up the next morning and play by ear what she was playing the night before.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? I was playing a gig in Sydney & my band members wouldn't help me carry any of the equipment after the show due to sore backs. I had to carry my amp on my back down escalators after the gig & it slipped, and so did I! My amp & I slid down the escalator, riding on my butt & crash landing at the bottom. Lucky for me the glass tube didn't break in my amp, or those lazy boys would have been in big trouble! What has been the high point of your music path? Making a world class EP instead of cheap demo's. The Thunder Run film clip was a lot of fun with friends. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? I am very lucky that songs come very easy to me. They just seem to fly into my head and sometimes through dreams. I have a lot of life experience and I can easily draw on that which I am very grateful for. I have over 600 songs I've written in my cupboard! What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? I see the internet as a big challenge today. It is a great tool for an artist to get music out, but not so good for an artist to get paid. It's a real catch 22, which is sad. It costs artists so much to produce music & there seems to be no financial rewards. Not that I'm doing it for the money, but it would be nice! After all, what would the world be without music?
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
It would hands down be INXS. Their music helped me through a dark time in my life and I love their music & lyrics. Yep, definitely my dream gig! What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? Rehearsals are great if everyone shows up lol. I find rehearsal studios the best preparation for a gig. Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! Thunder Run because I cut my finger slicing a tomato and I could only use 2 fingers to play my guitar at the time. That's why it is a two chord song.
What's coming up in the future? I am in the process of recording a new single with an American producer which I am very excited about.
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