Waiting For Smith is singer/songwriter Harry Lloyd. Formerly a ski instructor in the French Alps, Harry broke his back in two places during avalanche training. Fighting for his life in the helicopter on the way to the hospital he had an epiphany that he should dedicate his life to music. After spending a year in bed recuperating and learning to play guitar, he formed Waiting For Smith, named after endlessly waiting for their original drummer Smith, who always failed to show.

His latest single “Long Life” glistens with an effervescent, toe-tapping rhythm, warm guitar melodies and genuine lyrics oozing with sincerity, narrating the comforting message that everything is going to be ok. Harry confides, “I wrote Long Life while I was recovering from my injury, it became my upbeat theme tune for dealing with disaster.” Recorded with Julian Emery (Nothing But Thieves) at Abbey Road Studios and mixed by Ren Swan, “Long Life” emanates a light-hearted attitude, delivering a 70’s tinged track, reminiscent of Leonard Cohen meets Johnny Flynn.

 

Fascinated by change, Lloyd’s music is inspired by the ability we all have to evolve ourselves for the better. “I’m also a hopeless romantic, so a lot of my songs focus on the different angles on love.” His music he says, is like a free form of therapy and hopes that he can bring a similar liberating feeling of comfort and emotion, to make listeners smile and sometimes cry.

 

WFS has seen success garnering over 345,000 streams on Spotify, 25,000 plays on Apple Music and landing radio play on over 180 stations around the world, including by 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. To date he has received some 800 syncs internationally, from the Japanese Grand Prix to the biggest TV commercial in Spain in 2019, the ad for El Corte Ingles. With features in British GQ and Holland’s JFK Magazine, Waiting for Smiths mission is to engulf the world with unforgettable melodies, spreading a positive message – not to take things too seriously.

 

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