Interview: B Smyth Got That Vibe & he's Ready to Tell His Story
Legendary Motown Records is known for cultivating legendary talent. Now they're introducing the world to the vibrant, charming Fort Lauderdale native up-and-coming R&B crooner B. Smyth. You may recognize the internet sensation from his Youtube Channel which has a heavy load of followers and not to mention over 4million views. Well N2S stopped by the Motown office to chat with B. Smyth about his recent EP release "The Florida Flies" now available at Best Buy and iTunes.com. The Ep has been led by the uptempo single "Leggo" featuring 2 Chainz and the charismatic single "Vibe" which is a new spin on R.Kelly's 90'S hit "She Got That Vibe". One things for sure B. Smyth is heavily putting on for his city and the R&B heartthrob is definitely an artist to watch. Check out the interview below and his latest video release.
You recently signed with Motown after five label showcases. What made you choose Motown?
Just the fact that they were really into me as the artist. Not just because I was buzzing on the internet. They wanted to make sure I had a career in the industry instead of just signing me in throwing me out there. They really made it personable. No offense, but with a lot of the other labels it felt like it was almost like a job and at Motown it really felt like a home. So that’s why I ended up going with them.
Your debut Ep: "The Florida Flies". Whose idea was it to create a visual mixtape? The videos were all shot in Florida any significance.
It was a collective idea, I just wanted to do something different. Since I got my start on YouTube I thought it would be dope to keep the visual going. Because once I got signed I kind of fell back from doing covers. I wanted to bring people back home into my world to show them where I’m from, Florida is my home. I shot the videos in different parts of Florida: Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale ect.. You know we haven’t had a singer come from Florida yet we're big on rap artist here. I have a story to tell. I definitely think I'm doing a good job setting myself aside from other artist who I'm compared to.
The song “Vibe”: whose idea was it to recreate the song? Has R. Kelly heard your version?
Actually the producer’s name is Fredo he had the beat, he brought it to me. From there, I’m a 90s baby so as soon as I heard it, it had the whole new jack swing vibe to it.I just fell in love with it. Yes R. Kelly heard it first, he had to approve it , he gave us the nod so it was a go.
R. Kelly is one of your inspirations?
Yes definitely. I feel like if your pursuing a singing career you have to study your craft and study the people who have been doing it before you. You need to be familiarize yourself with R. Kelly, Michael Jackson or anybody that’s been doing it before you.
Among Future and 2 Chainz you also worked with heavy hitters like Sean Garrett and Mike Will on the EP. How was that experience? Did they give you any advice on the industry?
Sean is like a big brother to me every time he see me he’s kicking some advice. Mike and I are cool but we really haven’t got a chance to chop it up like that. We haven't discussed serious topics about the industry. We're always talking guy talk like about the finals or basketball.
In majority of the videos you've released your're showcasing some serious dance moves. Now is dancing a natural born talent or you've been professionally trained?
I could always move, ya know 2step. I did have to train but I wouldn't say I've been professionally trained. I use to train with my homies back home. We kind of would train each other and go back and forth battling each other. It was like friendly competition for us to get better. I’m not going to lie it was a grind to get good at it.
So we know that art is a hidden talent of yours. Would you ever consider contributing creatively to your album packaging?
Oh, Yeah. Actually the single artwork for “Win Win” I actually came up with that idea. I see myself being more involved with the creative process of my artwork for my future projects as well.
You've performed all over the states. You also got the opportunity to open up for Monica and Trey Songz. What has been your favorite performance so far?
Actually it has to be “The Chapter 5 Tour” with Trey Songz. It was my first time actually performing and the crowd was so dope and they really gravitated to me well. The first shows are usually like the most memorable experiences for me.
You said writing did not come as natural as singing in dancing to you. What motivated you to work on your song writing skills?
You know I could always dance and sing. I wasn't really into writing. My mom instilled in me to get better and learn about song writing. So when I would have dance practice and vocal training I would challenge myself to write a song a day. From there I started to get better at it. The Florida Flies is definitely something that I’m proud of I got a chance to be a part of the creative process. I got a song on there called “Letter” that I wrote, its my favorite song on the project.
You’re preparing for your debut album for a anticipated release date of summer 2014. What can we expect until the album drops from B. Smyth?
Right now I’m doing a promo tour for the EP. At the top of next year we’ll put out another single. Not really looking for a lot of collaborations on the album. I want to introduce the world to B. Smyth. I started off with two heavy hitters like 2 Chainz and Future. So my debut album will really let you in to who B. Smyth is.
Bonus Question: What have you learned so far since signing?
I've learned to make sure whatever I'm doing to make sure I'm passionate about it and its not something that is not my vision. In this industry you get a lot of people telling you, you should do it like this or this way. But just make sure its what you want do and its your vision. You're the only one singing these songs, the only one doing these videos, your face is on it. Believe in it 100%.