Waiting For Smith is singer/songwriter Harry Lloyd. Formerly a ski instructor in the French Alps, Lloyd broke his back in two places during avalanche training. Wondering whether he’d survive in the helicopter on the way to the hospital, he had an epiphany that if he was ok that he should dedicate his life to music. After spending a year in bed recuperating and learning to play guitar, he formed Waiting For Smith, named after endlessly waiting for their original drummer Smith, who always failed to show up.
His latest single “Lost in Your Light” is about the fact that we’re all pretending to be alright, happy or confident, but actually, in a way we’re all lost and are just too afraid to share this with one another. When you truly open up to someone, and show them your vulnerabilities and fears, it creates a kind of intimate glow around you. Lloyd shares, “This last year I’ve really been trying to listen properly. As so often we feel the need to fill in our own ideas of what people say to us, making it into a story that suits our worldview, or our image of the person. When you get truly lost in someone’s presence and the light in his or her eyes it’s how I imagine dying to be- you can find a true peace there.”
“Lost in Your Light” features jangly guitars and a foot-stomping beat. Lloyd’s velvet vocals melt atop the laid-back and utterly infectious melancholy pop song.
Fascinated by change, Lloyd’s music is inspired by the ability we all have to evolve ourselves for the better. He shares, “I’m also a hopeless romantic, so a lot of my songs focus on the different angles on love.” The musician confides how music is like a free form of therapy and hopes that he can bring a similar liberating feeling of comfort and emotion, to make listeners smile and sometimes cry.
Waiting For Smith has seen success garnering close to half a million streams on Spotify and almost 15,000 Shazams – as well as landing radio play on over 180 stations around the world, including by Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Dermot O’Leary and Jo Whiley on Radio 2, Tom Robinson on 6 Music, Maz Tappuni on Radio X, Flux FM in Germany, Radio One in India, Radio Doble Nueve in Lima, Peru and KROQ and KISS FM in the USA. He’s received over 2000 syncs internationally. From the US to Finland and Indonesia, WFS tracks have provided the sonics for the Japanese Grand Prix and a big series in Spain Vis A Vis, to the stand-out soap in Germany and one of the biggest TV commercials in Spain in 2019, the Christmas ad for El Corte Ingles. With features in British GQ, Rolling Stone India, MTV Germany, Clash Magazine, Earmilk and Holland’s JFK Magazine, Waiting For Smith’s mission is to engulf the world with unforgettable melodies spreading a much-needed message of positivity.
“Waiting For Smith taps into that witty, eccentric English spirit.” – Clash Magazine
“Waiting For Smith is the British singer-songwriter you were waiting for.” – GQ Magazine
“What a lovely, fresh, open song. It’s like a walk in the sun. And the video’s great too.” – Brian Eno (on “Long Life”)
“Really talented guy.” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1