Waiting For Smith has just released new track and video, Long Life, a track that narrates the comforting message that everything is going to be ok. Waiting For Smith has garnered extensive radio play from the likes of Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Dermot O’Leary and Jo Whiley on Radio 2, Tom Robinson on 6 Music and Maz Tappuni on Radio X. We thought it was high time we had a chat with the singer Harry Lloyd, discussing the single in more detail.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Long Life?
It’s been incredible. I’ve had everything from a Rolling Stones feature in India, to an MTV play in Germany, to hundreds of messages from lots of different nationalities around the world. One of the most moving messages was one from a teacher in Spain. She wanted to use Long Life and the philosophy behind it, as an educational tool in her class. There was also a message from a guy in Iran who said the song helped him through his lock down, a fourteen-year-old in Mumbai saying he found it by accident and it made him feel very happy, and I received a video of a 70 year old grandmother dancing around her kitchen to the song.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
I wanted people to feel hopeful and light listening to the song, and that’s exactly the feedback I got.
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?
Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Conversations have been providing me with my recent dose of food for thought. Post Malone has been influencing my attitude towards music and Nick Mulvey has been shaping my sound.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
Lines of Love has just been released now. It has a great tribal feel to it. I’m currently working on an EP, and I’m talking to people in India, Australia, Germany and the USA. So when the world is open for all of us to travel again, I hope to be performing in all those places.