Sam Smith avoids the more common pratfalls of music success with…keeping busy and staying humble.
GQ interviewed the crooner in their February issue on Smith’s tendency toward being a self-proclaimed “old soul,” his yearning for a lost age of “class and romance,” and his habit of going for “dangerous” men. Here’s a teaser…
On Pop Culture, and How He Feels He’s Different from Other Pop Acts: “I sound awful saying this all the time,” he continued, “because it sounds like I’m slagging off current pop stars, which I’m not, because I love pop culture. But I feel like class and romance have gotten lost. We’ve become a bit lazy, not just in terms of music. … That’s what I’m trying to bring back: that timeless element. I want to create music that people will be listening to in fifty years.”
On Keeping humble: Smith also revealed that his young ambition led him to panic attacks as young as 12 years of age. “I needed to know my life plan,” he told GQ. “There’s always been a hunger in me not necessarily to be successful, but to be an icon…And I’m very paranoid and secure all the time, which really helps me not be an absolute b*tch.”
On Being a diva: “I’d like to be a diva in the sense of having that kind of presence as a singer,” he admitted. “But no. I worry all the time, actually, if I’ve been a bit strict about something, am I being a dickhead? I tell my team all the time: Just tell me if I’m being a dickhead.”
On Dating Dangerous Men: “I felt so much more comfortable wanting what I’m never going to get,” he said. “Like recently, I met two guys. One of them on paper is perfect and ticks all the boxes. The other is dangerous and – well, he ticks boxes actually, too,” he said, before going on to confirm that he chose the “trouble” boyfriend.
Men who are trouble? Yeah, I don’t know what that’s like. To read the rest of the interview, go HERE!