Sunny Smith is the solo project of Sydney-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Smithson (The Kava Kings, Caravana Sun). Chris released his debut track, Ziggy, under the moniker in November 2020 with a five-track EP slated for release in early 2021.
A debut eight years in the making, Chris first knew music was for him when he skipped out on a year 10 trial exam to go on tour with his band, The Kava Kings and hasn’t looked back from massive international festival stages across Germany to a disorganised show at a public pool in Italy.
Chris isn’t new to the scene with three European tours under his belt with The Kava Kings and Caravana Sun supporting follow big acts, The Skatalites (Jamaica) and Ozomatli (USA) . As well as wearing a track around Australia having supported John Butler, Lime Cordiale, Birds of Tokyo, Ocean Alley and The Beautiful Girls.
Inspired by Tame Impala, Gorillaz and Neil Young with a slice of Andy Shauf, Blake Mills, Ethan Gruska and Whitney thrown in the mix inspired Chris to create the sound that is Sunny Smith.
The dreamy three minute thirty track lives up to the Sunny Smith name transporting you to beachside scenes with musing of the future. Ziggy explores the feeling of anemoia, that nostalgic feeling for a time you’ve never known, and is inspired by the many stages of life, the different goals we all aspire to big and small culminating at that moment where you crossover from person to parent.
Written during a self-described songwriting drought, Ziggy was the muse to allow Sunny Smith to pour his heart into “the most honest writing I’ve ever done”. This underpinned honesty coupled with inspiration from the likes of Andy Shauf, Blake Mills and The Police create a dreamy track perfectly timed for you to walk to and create your own sense of anemoia.
Sunny Smith jumped into the studio with Sydney drummer and producer legend, Declan Kelly (Bernard Fanning, Katie Noonan, Kasey Chambers) to bring Ziggy to life. “The morning we started on Ziggy, Declan thought we should lay down a guide drum track to create a good foundation for the song. We both loved that take so much we kept it, and the song grew from that point on. The beat doesn’t change for the whole song. It’s just so nice when something unplanned becomes such an integral part of a song.” Chris Smithson, SunnySmith.
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