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[SME INTRODUCING] William Fitzsimmons by wearesme

Who? William Fitzsimmons

Yard? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Signed? Nettwerk Records

Sounds Like? Moby

Big Tune? The Tide Pulls from the Moon

Since his first release in 2005 Fitzsimmons has written and recorded songs themed and embossed with matters of family history, intimate disclosure, and bold confession. The rich folk music, ranging from the stark and acoustic to the voluminous and electronic, reflects William’s commitment to addressing what is always pressing and yet all too often ignored.

Fitzsimmons’ path into music came at the influence and education of his parents both of whom filled his childhood home with a myriad of instruments, sing-a-longs, and theoretical instruction. However, far from being a mere pastime in the Fitzsimmons’ household music was a communicative necessity between William and his parents, both of whom being blind relied on the language of music to bridge the relational gap between themselves and a child who experienced the world entirely differently from them.

During his collegiate and post-graduate years Fitzsimmons left music behind in order to pursue a career in the mental health field; becoming a therapist was a long-held aspiration. Upon completion of a Master’s Degree in counselling he worked as a therapist with the severely mentally ill for several years. It was during the latter part of his training that he began to write songs as both a preparative exercise for his work in the psychiatric field and as a personal catharsis to deal with his own long-standing psychological maladies.

His earlier albums, homemade and self-produced, were expositions on both his unorthodox upbringing and his family’s disintegration during his youth. Their understated presentation and overt descriptions of relational and familial disillusionment met quickly and potently with listeners. Very soon thereafter, still working within psychology, William found his songs spreading broadly and being featured on international television programs including Gray’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. However, the process of such revelatory writing and rumination was taking a gradual and heavy toll and during the making of the ‘Goodnight’ album Fitzsimmons saw most of the segments of his life begin to tear asunder.

Consequently Fitzsimmons’ 2008 release ‘The Sparrow And The Crow’ was a detailed and affective retelling of the events surrounding his divorce from his wife of nearly ten years. Written as a personal apology to her, the album was a foreboding but genuine tale of misfortune and a reconciling of the darkest point of his life and was named iTunes’ Best Folk Album of 2008. Following the release of ‘Sparrow’, William would take a moratorium from songwriting for over two years.

His new album Gold In The Shadow represents a welcomed musical departure, not from authenticity in writing, but in the field of focus. It is a return to his pre-music therapeutic passions, but with one eye now fixated on actual and optimistic change. It is ripe with personal elements, but also represents his first foray into external perspective taking; examining the lives and psychological struggles of those around him in addition to his own. It is an acknowledgement of the shadow self and the Todestrieb (Freud’s “death instinct”); but, even still and more so, an acceptance of hope.

Gold In The Shadow is released on March 21st 2011. Pre-Order on iTunes HERE.


[VIDEO] Jay-Z Talks About The Evolution Of His Style by wearesme
March 1, 2011, 1:34 pm
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Jay-Z talks about how his style has developed over the years from when he first started rapping on the streets of New York until now. This video can also be found on the official Decoded App, available from iTunes.



[NEW MUSIC] Jamie Woon – Lady Luck by wearesme

Receiving its world premiere on Radio 1 last night courtesy of Mistajam; Lady Luck is Jamie Woon’s next single taken from his highly anticipated debut album Mirrorwriting released in April.

Jamie is the latest artist to adopt the format of releasing a song for digital download immediately after the songs first radio airing.

The song is a nother beautiful piece of work from this supremely talented guy; a real soulful number. SME can’t wait to hear what other gems the album has to offer.

Listen to it below and head over to iTunes to download.


[NEW MUSIC] Bruno Mars – Grenade (Passion Pit Remix) by wearesme
February 9, 2011, 1:22 pm
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Here is another brilliant remix from Passion Pit; this time they’ve taken on Bruno Mars’ number 1 hit ‘Grenade’ and given it a much more upbeat vibe, as they do best.

The track features on the ‘The Grenade Sessions’ EP which is released today. The project also contains another refix of the song from The Hooligans as well as an acoustic version.



[LISTEN] Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Meloncholy Jam (Full Album) by wearesme

We interviewed him last week, and this week Mike Skinner announced that Ghostpoet is his favourite MC alongside Drake; coincidence? SME think not! Get off the band wagon Mike!

All jokes aside, Ghostpoet’s seal of approval is well earned. His incredible debut album ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Meloncholy Jam’ was released yesterday and here’s your chance to try before you buy. The album is so unique and hypnotic; zone out and appreciate.
Oh and then spend your hard earned on it and support exceptional UK talent. It will be the best £7.99 you’ll spend this year.

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SME RELOAD: [SME MEETS] Ghostpoet *Exclusive Interview*

[SME MEETS] Ghostpoet *Exclusive Interview* by wearesme

Born Obaro Ejimiwe, and bred in South London; Ghostpoet is a name you will be hearing a great deal more of in 2011.

Living up to his stage name, Obaro is poetic with his words and hypnotic with his flow. It’s difficult to put his music in a genre as it’s filled with diversity; as can be heard on the upcoming album which you can preview here. People would naturally file it under ‘Hip-Hop’, but there is a lot more to Ghostpoet; “I didn’t want to be seen as a rapper” he told us, regarding his choice of stage name.

After completing his degree in Media Production at Coventry University, Obaro moved back to London to further persue his passion for music. His hard work and talent aligned, when he was approached and signed by Giles Peterson’s label; Brownswood.

A brilliant debut single ‘Cash And Carry Me Home’ soon followed. It was released this week and has been championed by the likes of Zane Lowe at Radio 1.

As big fans of his unique and captivating music, SME were chuffed to be offered the opportunity to sit down with Ghostpoet and talk about the success of his single as well as the release of his album ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Meloncholy Jam’ (7th February 2011). Read on to see what Ghostpoet had to say on everything from his love for grime, to touring with Jamie Woon.


[VIDEO] Yasmin – On My Own (Acoustic – A64) by wearesme
January 30, 2011, 4:04 pm
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Here is a video bought to us by those wonderful guys at SBTV, of Yasmin performing an acoustic (A64) version of her brand new single On My Own.

On My Own is released today and can be purchased from iTunes now. We’ve already got our copy.

Wow, what a voice.

SME met Yasmin at her single launch on Friday at East Village, where she dropped a SERIOUS banger filled DJ set. Pictures to follow.


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