This week’s Dandi Live Big interview with city musician Pete Smith, who is currently preparing for his first post-lock gigs.
The famous singer-songwriter – who had songs in his head because he could not read or write – was attracted to Dandi’s plans more than he did.
The 19-year-old former Morgan Academy student was educated at the age of 19 because he had material stored in his brain.
He wrote more than 100 songs and is currently performing for the first time since being locked up – on November 26 at Dundee Church.
Pete, who grew up in Mill O’Mains and Fintry, has played Glasgow King Tuten three times and – as the lucky ones have seen it live – is truly only in front of an audience at home.
How was the lock for you – personally and as an artist?
To be honest, I’m a little closed on things.
Locking was not so bad for me because I was a little witch. If this is reasonable, I am in my head.
It is possible to be physically with many people but we are all alone in our heads. Like everything else – I used locks with family and to write songs.
I must have written 50 bangles! Personally, I was even more upset because the children could not do much and could not go crazy.
What are your favorite live shows?
As soon as we were allowed to leave, I started recording new songs.
When we were told we could play, I was hunting for pubs, clubs, and any random altruistic backdrop!
The Good, The Bad & The God Damn Ugly I set up my own show to release my single.
I was honored to play a few scenes at the Dundee Show for Connor Fife and in support of Mark Sharp and the Thieves of Bicycles.
Because I was not signed, they let these people know my music and my name is a general shout.
What are your favorite parts of the city and how do you see it working right now?
My favorite Dundee rooms are in the plans – not V&A or the new beach.
Although they are great for bringing people here, the plans are the heart and soul of the city.
They are like a village and even though rough and ready, something happens to the whole community and is treated as a community, as a person.
But yes, Dundee has been doing well for a long time and will stay forever.
What was it like to grow up here?
Growing up here was great, and there was no boring time when I was young.
I grew up at the end of Mil O Mainz and Fintry but I went about the Hilton – so you can call me Project Hopper!
I have never had any problems. Dundee has a bad representation from outsiders, from people who have never been here, but once they arrive they are made to feel at home and love our beautiful city.
I want to be fae here – I am a proud Scottish and very proud Dundonian.
Who are your main environmental influences?
An average of nine to five men or women do what they can to make their lives better for them and for them.
Addicts who try to help keep them clean, help those with mental health problems, and others.
I’ve got a lot of inspiration from local pubs and pubs because there are always crazy stories to tell – so if you read this and you know me, look at what you have to say about a song going on at some point!
What can we expect from you in the next 18 months?
On November 11, a boy named Su will release my single.
On the 26th, I was playing church with the support of a wonderful band behind me and some of my best local friends.
We hope that before the end of the year and 2022, two episodes will release my debut album.
I have been doing and dreaming this all my life and if you are a human being you are guaranteed to love it !!
More information and ticket details for Pete’s hometown show are available at the end of the month.
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