Under the Radar: Aaron Smith

We first encountered Aaron Smith at our Wide Days convention earlier this year, where we ended up in a conversation about yoga. Three months on, his first release Unspoken has met with an unprecedented response from rival streaming services Apple and Spotify, with each placing the track at the top of their leading new music playlists when it came out on 19 July.

Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith

Smith’s vocal style has a strong echo of Chris Martin and the single’s piano infusion will certainly appeal to fans of early Coldplay, not to mention Keane. Hailing from Polmont, where he set up a makeshift studio in his school to capture his early compositions, he is managed by Scott Kirkwood, the man who discovered Noel Gallagher-baiter extraordinaire, Lewis Capaldi. And adding additional clout is a deal with the Apple-owned digital label Platoon. An EP is in the pipeline and Smith plays the Belladrum Festival on Saturday, www.facebook.com/aaronsmithsmusic

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminar and social events. For more information visit www.borntobewide.co.uk

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