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Fast Five: Suzie Smart



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I was 19 when I first picked up guitar and began teaching myself to play Dylan songs and it was only when I realised nobody could tell that I was playing Dylan songs that I decided to write my own! I’d always loved poetry and having discovered Dylan, his amazing use of words and original use of phrasing, it was quite an easy transition. Before music I dabbled in the acting world but I soon realised I was destined to do music when I started writing and everything just seemed to make sense.

How would you describe your music?

My music is alternative, folk, acoustic. I’m a cross between Dylan, Jake Bugg, Kate Bush and Blondie. My songs are stories told with an updated folk beat, a unique vocal and a devil may care attitude!

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I have gigged, recorded, been on radio, in magazines, on e-zines and even had my music played on Hollyoaks. In the next few months I’m looking to venture onto the festival scene to play some folk festivals. My sound is very conducive to summer nights around a camp fire.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

I am massively into Jake Bugg at the moment. His lyrics and phrasing are so reminiscent of Dylan but with a contemporary vocal and production. I’d love to be his Joan Baez.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Having recently watched the amazing, inspirational film Searching For Sugar Man I’d have to choose Cold Fact by Rodriguez. The music is soulful and uplifting. He has an amazingly sweet and soothing vocal and the storytelling is so intricate and poetic. The story of Rodriguez is really inspiring too. It’d be the perfect soundtrack to living on a desert island.

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