Tuesday 24 November 2020

LISTEN: Smoothboi Ezra - 'My Own Person'

"I wanna blend into the background, I wanna be nobody and never make a sound..." 

Painfully relatable song incoming from Smoothboi Ezra... the latest offering from the 18-year-old songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Greystones in Ireland is a perfectly contemporary look at struggling with your identity. Of their songwriting process, Ezra shares that "I don't know what a song means when I'm writing it. I don't make a plan. I find myself basically doing a brain dump [...] when I finish a song I let go of it, it's not mine anymore and I forget it. A lot of the time I'll have to teach myself the song again before a live show." With over two hundred thousand monthly listeners on Spotify off the back of completely independent releases, I'd say things are going pretty well...

On the new track, they explain that "I wrote this song when I was 16. I had one or two outfits I would interchange and I wore the same grubby pair of shoes every day. They were replicas of a previous grubby pair I wore when I was 14 and 15. The song is about not being happy but not being able to do anything about it."


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