Wednesday 20 November 2019

Sam Smith: I was naive to think everyone would like Writing's On The Wall

Sam Smith quickly realised he could not please everyone
Sam Smith quickly realised he could not please everyone

Sam Smith admitted he was "very naive" in assuming the public would love his Spectre theme song Writing's On The Wall.

The singer, 23, said that the felt very confident about the 007 track before it was released but quickly realised he could not please everyone.

Speaking to Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Smith said recording the song "felt like a dream come true for me, but I was very naive about the whole thing, because I love the song, so much, still love it."

He said that after his parents and friends said they were fans, "I was feeling really confident about it - and I still feel confident about it - but when I released it, I was very naive and I thought everyone would love it. But Bond, it's impossible for everyone to like a Bond song," he said.

Smith made history with the first Bond theme song to reach number one in the charts but the song was released to mixed reviews.

"The fan base, they're mental, so that initial release with the mixed response, I was like, OK, just finding my feet. But when it went to number one, it was just unbelievable, it was amazing," he added.

His number one song crowned a successful year for Smith, who won four Grammy Awards in February including the coveted song of the year and record of the year just nine months after the release of his debut album In The Lonely Hour.

Asked what his highlight of the year had been, Smith said: "Work-wise, I have to say the Grammys, it's the happiest I've ever been in my entire life."

Smith rebuffed the concept of a "difficult second album" and said that he had already penned four songs for his and had decided on a title.

"I genuinely thought this was going to be the hardest album - it still could be - but I refuse to think like that because this is what I do and what I love to do.

"I write love songs and I'm forever going in and out of relationships and wanting to say things about life and love, and if I had nothing to say over the last year then that's mental because so much has happened to me ," he said.

Smith told Mac that George Michael was his inspiration to become a singer but said that he did not necessarily see himself continuing to put out music into his 50s like the former Wham! star, instead wanting to own a farm and start a family.

Asked if he wants to settle down, Smith replied, "100%, yeah, and I'm saying it now and I'm addicted to making music but I don't know if I want to do that forever because there does come a point when you think what else can I say and you leave it on a high."

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