- 16 Feb 21
Smith started Gypsies On The Autobahn when he was 16 years old, and has been producing music ever since.
Dubliner and former lead singer of Gypsies On The Autobahn James Smith has stepped into the solo spotlight, most recently under his 'Hot for 2021' alias YURN. His debut outing as J Smith, 'I'm Sorry', confirms that the multi-talented producer and singer-songwriter still has much to offer.
'I'm Sorry' is a guitar driven, deeply personal ballad about heartbreak. The track "was written for a friend years ago," Smith explains. "They had recently broken up with their long-term partner out of the blue and they felt they couldn’t deal with it. I got a call soon after, telling of their despair and that they had talked themselves out of doing something regrettable. The song was a hand on their shoulder, to let them know that I was thinking of them, that I was trying to place myself in their shoes."
The track was recorded in August 2019 in DIT conservatory with Smith's long-time friend Ben Rawlins, and the musician assembled his close friends, including Dylan Lynch and Donagh Seaver O’Leary (Soda Blonde) and his brother Daniel Smith (Gypsies on the Autobahn) to help him reach his vision. He brought the track home and finished it in Max Zaska’s (Zaska) home studio, and the final piece of the puzzle was Naoise Fitzgerald’s (Nnic) vocal.
Listen to the track below.