(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #64: Sam Smith of Casual Sex

By on Thursday, 13th February 2014 at 11:00 am

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. In the first of these, lead singer Sam Smith of Glaswegian ‘it’ band Casual Sex tells us about what he’s most looking to in Austin and we learn how Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno have figured into his life.

You can also read John’s SXSW 2014 flavoured Bands to Watch on Casual Sex here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Soaking up the atmosphere and getting into the local cuisine and culture. Oh, and hopefully being somewhere warm after another wet, cold Scottish winter.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
There’s so many, I don’t really know where to start. Though we will be supporting our Scottish compatriots.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
A Womble (a creature from Wimbledon Common that recycles rubbish). Nope, nothing to declare here other than pants, socks and notebooks.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I like a good ale or stout or if it’s hot, an ice cold pilsner. Beer, really.

(For the SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard it’s hectic, a lot of fun and very busy, I just hope we can get our logistics nice and smooth so we can focus on soaking it all up rather than running around panicking.

Then it’s on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Walking on the Moon’ by the Police.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Heart of Glass’ by Blondie.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Rhinocratic Oaths’ by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

What song makes you cry?
‘The Old Man’s Back Again’ by Scott Walker.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Over You’ by Roxy Music.


What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I am always cold and calm. But in an event of an emotion, to calm myself, ‘Discreet Music’ by Brian Eno.


Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
So many, but will go with ‘In My Life’ by the Beatles.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Dylan Thomas.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Hopefully an artist, if not a secret agent. [Best answer so far! -Ed.]

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘Roxy Music’ by Roxy Music.

Thanks very much Sam for answering our questions!

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