// Damon Smith
Damon invites you to pull up a seat next to him at the bar. There’s a sense of intimacy, a hint of sass, and more than a hint of the real man behind his songs. Smith is an independent artist in the literal. He’s the man in the drivers seat, from composition to production. With a desire for moving his legs awkwardly while spitting out his tales of ordinary life, Damon will play strum, pick and scream his way through his live set until someone is admitted to hospital with a broken heart.
Q&A, with Damon Smith, Singer/SongwriterDefine your genre in five words or less:
Honest, Complementary, Human and insignificantly Lovely.How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
I've been playing for several years now, I think about 200? Perhaps not that long!? The swagger of Kris Kristofferson, power of Jerry Lee lewis and the voice of Billy Thorpe had me interested in starting to play music.If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
I'd love to see Jerry Lee lewis in Sun studio just before he placed his hands on the piano. Also, I'd love to be in a hotel room behind the curtains watching Bill Callahan start the writing process for yet another brilliant record.What are your favourite venues?
The Caravan Club, The Charles Hotel (Perth) The NSC and Some Velvet Morning.What are your top 5 favourite albums?
On The Beach, Neil Young. Apostrophe, Frank Zappa. Live at The Star Club. Jerry Lee Lewis. Track Me Down, Ivan Zar. A River Ain't To Much To Love, Smog, Bill Callahan.Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
Things happen during the days, sometimes wonderfully insightful and sometimes terribly shit. Taking inspiration from the events after the fact and while I am knee deep in the days after the said moment help with ideas for writing songs. After this, I often sit at my piano, dip my fingers in gold liquid, consult the late Johnny Cash via a lady like the one from that movie 'Ghost' and then I start. Wonderfully insightful lyrics often pour out of my throat like the blood that flows from the freshly slaughtered lamb (that was slaughtered as a gift to the songwriting gods only moments before I dipped the fingers in gold) and I then take to a pen and paper and write the middle eight, trying to be as interesting and artistic as I can be. Often I need to rewrite the entire song because thoughts of happiness come into my head and this ain't good as I am trying to be as solemn and maudlin as I can possibly be.