Singer/songwriter Will Smith - Bright Young Thing

PUBLISHED: 12:20 22 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:58 20 February 2013

Singer/songwriter Will Smith - Bright Young Thing

Singer/songwriter Will Smith - Bright Young Thing

Singer/songwriter Will Smith on the joys of playing local and live, how he'd love to headline at the O2 and win an Oscar for best original song written for a movie

Kent Bright Young Thing

Singer/songwriter Will Smith on the joys of playing local and live, how hed love to headline at the O2 and win an Oscar for best original song written for a movie

Tell us about yourself

My name is Will Smith (I use Will Sid Smith as a stage name), Im 15 years old and I live near Bough Beech with my Mum and Dad, my brother Ed, whos almost 17, and our dog, Angus. I go to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. Im a singer/songwriter just starting to make a bit of an impact. I play guitar and keyboards too.

What are you doing now?

I started year 11 in September, which means that I will be taking my GCSEs and will have a lot of hard work to look forward to between now and next June! Strangely enough, I am not studying music - when the choice of subjects had to be made I was more interested in getting into the business side of the industry, so I chose Business Studies and Statistics instead. I also really enjoy modern languages and am taking French and Spanish. On the music front, its really hard for young people like me to get gigs, no matter how talented they are, especially during term time. Although I do the occasional cover, I much prefer playing my own songs. Im lucky to have played a lot of local live gigs, including charity events and private functions and at places like The Forum and The Grey Lady in Tunbridge Wells. Im really proud that Im now on the regular roster for Paul Dunton & Guests, a twice-weekly showcase of local artists playing original material. During September I played a couple of gigs in London and I hope to do more there soon. I cant do as many as Id like this year because of studying, but at least I can start getting myself out there. Recently Ive done some things with a foundation called UKUnsigned. They helped people like Leona Lewis, Katie Melua and N-Dubz in the early stages of their careers, so thats pretty exciting.

Your future ambitions?

Theyre still a bit vague really but they definitely include music. Yes, Id like to be famous, but not for fames sake. I suppose what I really want is just for as many people as possible to listen to my music and enjoy it, thats most important for me. Hopefully, they might even learn something from the lyrics. If you asked me for specific ambitions though, Id probably say that one would be to headline at the O2. I enjoy writing songs as much as performing them live, so the other ambition would be that one day an artist I really admire would like one of my songs so much that theyd want to cover it - somebody who really inspires me, like Michelle Branch or Paramore. Above all, I think the coolest thing for a songwriter would be to win an Oscar for best original song written for a movie!

Whats the best about Kent?

I was born in Pembury and have never lived anywhere else, but what I like most is that I can live in beautiful countryside but be in town with my friends whenever I want, which gives me the best of both worlds. I think its the countryside I like most. I also like living where I do because its easy to get to cool places like London and Brighton.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Music, music and more music. I tend to be a morning person and its not unusual for me to be playing my guitar and singing at 6.30am before I go to school. Inspiration comes at odd times. I listen to a lot of different types of music, too. I love animals and they take to me really quickly. We have a dog and I like walking him in the fields that surround our house. I recently got a hamster and hes pretty entertaining. Otherwise I just like to go into town and hang out with my friends. Just regular teenage stuff really.

What was the last book you read?

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I dont really read books that arent to do with coursework that much. If I want to relax, I grab my guitar or sit at the keyboards.

More from People

Test your knowledge of Kent with our bumper sized 100 question quiz with a distinctly Kentish theme

Read more

Freemasonry has existed for more than 300 years, welcomes men from all weeks of life and supports many charities - yet the myths persist. Kent Life finds out why

Read more
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Take a step back in time to the good old days with these vintage videos from around Kent

Read more

We’re all familiar with blue plaques, but could Kent Life come up with 10 notable births in our county – avoiding the most obvious ones? See if you agree

Read more

Join us on a literary journey around the Kent coast to see how it has inspired writers over the centuries

Read more
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

We very rarely have a conversation about wills because people don’t like talking about death. Actually though, a will is about securing the future of your loved ones you leave behind

Read more
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, the day that formally recognised Nazi Germany’s surrender - so we gathered some beautiful old videos that capture the celebratory atmosphere of that first VE Day in 1945

Read more

May 2020 marks 80 years since Operation Dynamo and the anniversary is being remembered on both sides of the Channel

Read more
Monday, May 4, 2020

Andy Garland Senior Broadcast Journalist - Programmes at BBC Radio Kent, including presenting Sunday Gardening

Read more
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

How one Duke of York’s Royal Military School student braved the Irish Sea to raise money for charity, despite his disability

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life