theaussieword.com catches up with Youngsmith.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
I’ve always had an interest in music, but it was during my teen years that I really started to listen to the words particularly those of grunge acts. Even though I had barely ever played an instrument I still found myself deeply connecting with it. I started connecting with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Rage Against The Machine and Red Hot Chilli Peppers I found in my older brothers music collection. Even though these bands were rock and funk, their lyrics were always full of meaning. It was like looking into the soul of an artist. That’s what I loved about it. I became a lifelong fan of those bands for that reason alone. I didn’t pick up a guitar til my early twenties and it was within weeks I began writing. I found I could link lyrics and music fairly easily and after a few months started attending open mic nights around Brisbane. I found music to be an awesome form of expression for me to get stuff out I couldn’t normally express.