Grant Maloy Smith is an Americana indie artist who lives in Rhode Island. I first met him as a member of the online indie Grammy® community this past fall. I was impressed with how he seemed to know everyone. Online pictures of him kept popping up collaborating with other musicians I knew, like Jody Quine and Ricky Kej/Wouter Kellerman, performing live or playing on their songs in the studio. For a guy based on the East Coast, he sure seemed to show up at LA recording sessions a lot!
I finally met Grant in person in February of this year at The Soiree, a showcase of indie Grammy artists at the House of Blues in LA, where he and I played backup for one of our mutual friends, nominee Paul Avgerinos. Grant was just as much fun in person as he is online.
I’m always interested in artists who
- Write and perform their own original music
- Collaborate with other artists often and outside both their own genre and immediate geographical area
- Have retained a sense of humor, and more importantly, a sense of purpose and vision for their music, in an industry that seems very opaque and anonymous
- Have had careers in other fields, where they have acquired strong business and social skills which they apply to their music careers
- Have over ten thousand Twitter followers
I think you’ll enjoy this interview with Grant, and learn some practical tips as well.