From performing in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to uploading original and cover songs onto YouTube, to signing with Motown Records-- R&B singer B. Smyth has already had quite a journey. He gained scores of new fans when he released the uptempo track "Leggo" (feat. 2 Chainz), along with a music video that showcased his dancing abilities and received over 4 million YouTube views in less than a year. He recently released his debut EP, "The Florida Files," in digital and retail outlets including iTunes, Amazon, and Best Buy. Looking forward to watching the rest of this talented 21-year old's career! Check out the interview with B. Smyth below discussing his six-track release:
BROWNIE MARIE: I really like “Gettin' That”... it’s a very sexy song, and I like that it uses Auto-Tune but still allows your natural vocals to come through. Do you think there are some artists who overdo it with the Auto-Tune?
B. SMYTH: There are a lot of people that [are] doing that. I don’t think it’s anything wrong with it as long as we still have real singers.
So as long as there’s a balance with artists doing R&B and soul, then it’s alright to also have artists that are more on the pop and Auto-Tune side.
Well speaking of “real singers”... you demonstrate some great vocal agility on “Snapback.” What’s your range and what have you done to improve your vocal flexibility?
I have a three-octave vocal range. Once I got signed, I took some time in Atlanta and did some vocal training with [Grammy-nominated producer and vocal coach] Jan Smith, and I’ve just been trying to keep that up.
“Letter” is a sweet song with really romantic lyrics. You’re a young guy... have you ever been in love?
I have. I’ve been in love once. It was kind of puppy love... I don’t think I’ve been in real love yet.
What’s your current relationship status?
Oh I’m single. Just chilling right now.
I love how on the EP you go from “Letter” (nice, romantic track) to “Goochi” (a song basically telling a girl “I don’t need you, I’m good, I’m goochi").
I can already see the video for this and the choreography that would go with the track. When can we expect the music video for “Goochi”?
We’re actually finishing it up right now. It’s actually more of a viral video. It’s getting worked out now.
Are all of the videos for the EP going to be packaged as a DVD?
I don’t think so. It might just live online.
You have a pretty young fanbase, but then we have Future’s verse on “Win Win,” which is pretty explicit for that younger audience. How do you balance that—yourself being an adult and having adult experiences and thoughts and feelings, but you have these younger fans that are looking up to you?
I’m 21 now and I’m able to talk about things that people my age are going through. I know I do have a younger [fanbase], so I do need to be mindful of that, but at the same time I feel like as I’m getting older, my fans want to grow with me.
“Vibe” is suggestive but sexy and honest, and I love the video. That’s probably my favorite track on the EP. How much of these songs are written by you or with your input?
“Vibe” is one of my favorite songs as well. Motown gave me leeway to be hands on with this project. I had a pretty big input with the song [choices] and with some of these songs being created.
How can your fans keep up with you?