Sam Smith is an immigrant songwriter who has created many great 80s covers, including the classic “Gimme Shelter,” which was one of the first covers of “Bubble Gum,” and “I’m a Gangsta,” a cover of the popular hip-hop duo The Roots’ “I Got a New Drug.”
Sam Smith has also written for The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, American Idol, and more.
The New Yorker’s Peter Travers recently caught up with Sam to talk about his music and life.
Sam Smith: Hello.
Welcome to the show.
Peter Travers: What are you up to these days?
Sam Smith : Yeah, it’s been really busy.
I’ve been really fortunate to have been able to be a part of such an amazing generation.
I feel like I’ve had so much fun, and I really appreciate all of the support I’ve gotten.
I just wanna thank you all for being a part.
It’s really nice to have a great network of people that really support you and want to see you succeed.
I love my life, I love my family, I’m really lucky to have had a great life.
It really makes me want to live my life and love my job and go out and create more, and have a lot of fun.
It makes me feel good.
Peter: How does that compare to your first couple of years?
Sam: Well, I guess it’s a little different.
My first year I really did not know what I was doing and I just kind of felt like, “Oh, this is what I do.”
I was working with people who I knew I could work with, and it was really cool because I got to meet some really great people, and a lot more people in my first year.
So, I definitely got a lot further along, and now I just do what I like to do, which is write songs.
Sam: Yeah, I feel very lucky to be where I am right now.
I really love being able to write songs, and then it’s just so much more fun to be able to work with people.
I’m very lucky.
Sam, thank you so much for the interview.