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Amnplify Interview with Chris & Paul 

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Interview with Kingsford Smith Band 

Written by Peter 

Kingsford Smith in name, Smithies in short, Paul & Chris are Country Rock duo Kingsford Smith.  The band hails from the South-East Coast region of Melbourne, Victoria and is starting to set the country rock circuit ablaze with their catchy tracks, charm and down to earth mentality. 

With a new album up for release (later in the year) and a single edging to drop in the coming week, Kingsford Smith A.K.A Smithies is a must band to watch for all you Amnplify country music lovers. Today I am here with Paul & Chris and will be talking all things Kingsford Smith. 

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule Paul& Chris, I have been reviewing your music and I must say that I am personally blown away with the overall album and especially the lead single She Is Gone. Can you tell us more about this single? 

Paul: Glad you enjoyed it! She is gone was the last song we wrote and recorded. Originally we were going to release an EP and during the recording process we wrote a few more tracks and thought we should expand it to an LP. In a nutshell my wife was away a lot and life always seemed a little empty when she was gone, hence the song. 

Chris: Really enjoyed singing this song. Love the harmonies Brittini put down. Gives it a haunting, lonely, driving late at night quality. 

With a band name such as Kingsford Smith, I can’t help but to ask the question (wait for it)…. Who is the aviator enthusiast in the band? 

Chris: Not so much a flying enthusiast but I love an Aussie icon. And Smithie was a legend. Also just like the way the name flows. 

Paul: As a kid (and an adult) I was fascinated with planes, still to this day if I’m working near the airport I’ll park for lunch at the back of the runway and watch them land or take off. I know its atrocious but until the name was suggested I didn’t know who Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was. I do now. 

Would you consider Kingsford Smith as a trendsetter as far as your musical diversity goes compared to the country music that’s currently out there? 

Paul: Haha, Im not sure you would classify us as trend setters however you couldn’t call our music traditional Aussie Country or American Country either. I think we have a pretty diverse collection of songs which reside on the cusp of what’s considered country music. I tend to write music that I’d like to listen to, and I have pretty wide music tastes and influences so I guess that’s why all the songs are so different. When I am writing I tend not to think so much about if the style of the song is country enough or not country enough. But it always has that country spin to it.  Chris is much more the trendsetter than I am. 

Chris: Well I think we sound different in that I had a rock/bluesy background before I got “countrified” (which is the name of album), and that comes through in the vocals. Tracks like She Is Gone and a couple of others are pretty different musically. 

So I noticed that you have known each other since you were toddlers, how did your musical journey evolve from the playpen (so to speak) to the studio? 

Chris: Yeah we’ve been mates over 20 years! Played in a few bands together that were great fun. We always clicked musically so when Pauly started writing we hooked up I added my flavor to his great song writing and it just worked. So here we are. 

Paul: Not quite toddlers but long enough that its hard to remember. Chris and I have been mates for a long time. We have a few social ventures we indulge in. But when I started to write I asked if he was interested in being involved and he was. We get along really well, he was the only real choice! 

I hear you both are working class men? How do you find mixing your 9 to 5 jobs with your music? Do you have flexibility with work or are you locked in and have to work your music around your jobs? 

Paul: I wish it was 9 to 5! Its really hard sometimes but we decided that we were going to do this (Kingsford Smith) and give it a good hard crack. Fortunately I am self employed so I can take a few hours off here and there. Its quite an expensive process which is the reason its taken 3+ years to get to this point. 

Chris: Yeah working for ourselves certainly lets us be flexible with time. So the band fits in quite well. Though we freaked out Phil our engineer with an 8am start in the studio once. 

Hard working men / musicians such as yourself must have a strict diet to keep up with the work and play demand, what’s your calm me down after a hard day on the field? 

Chris: Me.. I got a little caravan, so going up on the Goulburn River in front a fire, a nice bottle of wine with friends really chills me out and breaks the routine. 

Paul: With working insane hours its really hard to eat well. My wife works crazy hours too so we tend to eat separately which makes it even harder. But I try…. Usually my calm me down is to watch some comedy or listen to music. I can relax really easily and turn my mind off so I don’t really have a regime to relax or calm down.  Haven’t been to the caravan yet though! 

You latest album showcases a diverse range of songs, from upbeat country rock to slow, yet almost adult contemporary ballads with a roots edge. Do you have any personal favorites on the album? 

Paul:  Every new track is my favorite. After a while you’ve heard them so many times that the new one becomes a front runner. Its probably easier to ask which ones I like least. They’re the ones that I sing lol If I have to answer I’d have to say Friday Night. It’s a fun track. 

Chris: Hmmm For me. I’d say Since you been gone. Love a good ballad. 

When choosing your debut single out of an album full of brilliant songs, how hard was this to do and what made you settle on ‘She is Gone’ as a debut release? 

Chris: After much deliberation, soul searching, market analysis and sleepless nights we flipped a coin. Nahh Just love She Is Gone as it has a point of difference to what we typically hear out there. 

Paul: I think we just chose the one that had the most appeal. 

So what’s next on the menu for Kingsford Smith, where can we see and hear you? 

Paul: Next is get out play. We’re hoping to get on the road towards the end of the year when the floods have subsided and we have access to rural areas. 

Chris: Yeah Gotta start giggin’ Get our ugly heads out there. 

 Listen to She Is Gone HERE 

Connect with Kingsford Smith – Official Website

Interview with Cool Try 

Tell us about The Kingsford Smith? What’s behind the name? 

The name was suggested to us by a friend as a cool sounding name for a country music band. Not being up with our history as well as we should and not realizing that the Sydney Airport was called the same name, we found out when we came to register the domain that there was this famous fellow who was an aviator called Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and the SYD airport was named after him. 

How did the band start? 

We started out just writing music for our own entertainment and what began as a hobby and what was to be a demo EP blew out into a fully fledged album with international players from Nashville. Overkill I know, but that’s how it began a little over 3 years ago. 

How would you describe your band? 

Im pretty sure we don’t fit into the Aussie Country genre, and I’m pretty sure we don’t fit into the American Country genre either. We’re just 2 blokes that sing songs with a country flavor that we enjoy in the hope others do also. 

What’s the music scene like for country rock artists in the Frankston area? 

The Frankston Area is pretty devoid of Country music. At most of the venues that are advertised in the area I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one. Maybe we’ll change that! 

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be? 

Impossible to say, I think our music is so diverse in style from American type to Blues Rock that I couldn’t put my finger on any one song 

Tell us about your upcoming album and single? 

Our upcoming single ‘She is gone’ is very different to all our other tracks, but its very laid back and chill. The Lap Steel gives it a great edge and the timing is different which sets it apart . It was the last song we wrote for our album which will be entitled ‘Countrified’ and has been 3+ years in the making 

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest? 

We are different to most. Like I mentioned, you cant really slot us into a particular genre and we have a wide variety of styles. No song is like the next. 

Where are people able to hear your songs? 

For those that are released already, iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio etc and a handful of community stations 

Are you playing any shows anytime soon? 

Not next week, but are in the process of arranging a tour of sorts to more remote areas. It’s hard for country folk to get to the bigger cities to listen to good music, so the plan is to bring it to them! 

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band? 

Simply finishing the album. Bucket list item ticked! Every milestone from here on in is a great achievement as far as we’re concerned 

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for? 

Deep Creek Road are a fav of ours, Nolan Neal & LANco 

Anything else you’d like to add? 

Loving the opportunity music is giving us, meeting new people and connecting with people