Paul Smith

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Name, where are you from?
Paul Smith, Newcastle upon Tyne via Billingham.

Describe your style in three words?
Suit And Hat.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Neil Young at Glastonbury 2009.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Beatles and Kate Bush, just to see them play!

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk (mostly post-punk), DIY musicians and filmmakers. Zines and lo-fi music.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Frank O’Hara, my favourite poet. He liked to have fun and had lots of amazing painter pals in ‘50s New York. I might also end up in one of his poems!

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Royal Festival Hall in London last year was an amazing gig in an amazing venue. There's a Steinway piano in every dressing room and I love being on the South Bank in London.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Karen Dalton - lost folk/blues singer whose work has been rediscovered but still needs a bigger audience.


Paul Smith is best known as the frontman of Maximo Park. After Maximo Park released their 6th studio album 'Risk To Exist' in 2017 last year, Paul is back with a brand new solo album.

The new record is called 'Diagrams' and is set for release on 26th October 2018 via Billingham Records.

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