It’s been a whirl­wind ride for Bri­tish soul sen­sa­tion Sam Smith. De­scribed by Katy Perry as “the male Adele”, Smith had a slew of hit col­lab­o­ra­tions be­fore com­ing into his own with raw emo­tion

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He’s one of 2014’s hard­est-work­ing mu­si­cians, earn­ing three No.1 sin­gles in his home­land and con­quer­ing ra­dio sta­tions across the globe with his col­lab­o­ra­tions.

So it’s no sur­prise that on his birth­day UK soul singer Sam Smith is do­ing in­ter­views.

“All my bill­boards are go­ing up around Lon­don to­day so we’re go­ing to all go and look at them and scream,” he says with a laugh.

Many would know Smith, 22, as the falsetto voice be­hind Dis­clo­sure’s huge dance hit of 2012, Latch.

The next year he was a guest on Naughty Boy’s La La La, which also be­came a dance­floor hit and main­stream ra­dio break­through in Aus­tralia.

Twelve months on, Smith has re­vealed his true colours in an “old soul” record, In the Lonely Hour.

Be­fore his ap­pear­ance at next month’s Splen­dour In The Grass fes­ti­val, hits Stay With Me and Lay Me Down are al­ready the sound­tracks for breakups and make-up across the coun­try.

Smith agrees his for­mi­da­ble po­si­tion has been a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion. “Me and my team have been grow­ing in front of ev­ery­one and we still are and it feels nat­u­ral and it feels great.”

The key to Smith’s suc­cess is the emo­tion his mu­sic con­veys. There is an old soul in Smith’s voice rem­i­nis­cent of Antony He­garty, of Antony and the John­sons. His friend Katy Perry tweeted last week that he is “the male Adele”.

Smith ad­mits some­times it is hard get­ting up night af­ter night and per­form­ing these songs of un­re­quited love and con­jur­ing up those emo­tions.

“I man­age to do it ev­ery time but you know it’s hard to get my­self in that mind­set and some­times I can’t, but it’s good. I think it’s healthy for me to re­visit these things – even if it is to re­mind me to never go there again.”

Smith says the RnB of to­day is more rushed and less thought­ful than in the ’90s.

“There was a clas­sic struc­ture to mu­sic back then,” he ex­plains. “There were verses and cho­ruses and ev­ery­thing had more time put into it. I feel with ev­ery­thing – tech­nol­ogy, clothes, fash­ion – ev­ery­thing has be­come so avail­able so quick that we kind of rush things.

“It’s more about what people are wear­ing on their way to the stu­dio than about what they’re cre­at­ing in the stu­dio.”

Smith started out work­ing in a bar when he de­cided to head along to a ses­sion with two boys in a group called Dis­clo­sure.

“I had no idea – I had no idea who they were,” he ad­mits.

“My first time I ever met them was the day that we wrote Latch. Thanks to them, they in­tro­duced me to a whole new world of mu­sic.

“My mu­sic knowl­edge at that time was very small and they taught me so much. It’s been a whirl­wind since that day.” In The Lonely Hour is out now. Sam Smith, Splen­dour In The Grass, North By­ron Park­lands, July 27.

Chart-top­ping UK singer Sam Smith is per­form­ing at Splen­dour In The Grass.

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