Interview with Kansas Smitty’s Giacomo Smith

How and when did the band meet, and how did you come up with the name ‘Kansas Smitty’s’?

“The band met all around London across different scenes and venues playing late night sessions and jams from the quecumbar to Ronnie Scott’s to passing clouds (RIP). The name just arrived, one day there was Kansas Smitty’s and that was it and we have never come up with anything we liked better.”

What is your musical inspiration? 

“The people I’m lucky enough to get to see and even play with. Guys like Ferg Ireland (bass in the house band) make me want to work harder and people like Tcha Limberger, who played at the bar the other month just blew me away with his musicality and generosity of spirit. If you want to go back further I can always look to Louis(Armstrong) for inspiration.”

Opening a live music bar in the band’s name is a new and exciting idea – how did this idea come about and what should someone expect when they visit the bar for the first time?

“Well, it’s kind of you to say so. We have always wanted our own space, so whenever the band played somewhere it became Kansas Smitty’s, the music is what is most important to us and what makes Smitty’s, Smitty’s. The idea, the name, and the people, all just struck at the same time and we have been able to pull it all together and share that music with people. What people can expect is basically great music, great drinks and real people.”

What are some of your performing career highlights so far, and what do you have on the horizon that we should look out for?

“This year has been pretty incredible for us all. We sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Cafe and Bath Festival so I’m spoilt for choice. Coming up, I can’t wait to play the music from our new record at Shoreditch Town Hall on Saturday (19th November) for the London Jazz Festival. It’s our biggest show and the record is something we’re all excited about playing through for the first time in full since we recorded it. We have some guests in the form of our friends Jay Rayner and Lewis Durham, of Kitty, Daisy and Lewis so it’s going to be a lot of firsts in one show – and there are still Some tickets left if you haven’t got plans yet…”

Don’t miss Kansas Smitty’s at the Shoreditch Town Hall on Saturday 19th November! £15 tickets for LoveMusicPass members, that’s 25% off!