HISTORY

 

A brief biography

Mickey Smith is best known for creative work with sonics and visuals. 

His early years revolved around music and the surrounding Atlantic coast of West Cornwall. 

From a young age Mickey played with blues circuit bands, touring from Cornwall to London until he left school. 

Working clubs, legions, pubs and dive bars as a young musician meant he could save enough cash to hit the road at 16. 

From there, many years of nomadic living unfolded, riding waves, playing music & exploring far flung corners of the world.

Experimentation with cameras developed a natural instinct for documenting adventure at sea by day, and music by night. 

His cinematic approach carved a reputation for dramatic camera work as a specialist swimming heavy seas and remote environments.

For a decade he helped pioneer some of Irelands revered big wave locations and has worked in this regard with some of the finest wave riders and oceanic adventurers in the world.

In 2010 his short film 'Darkside of the Lens' was released and garnered international acclaim, winning multiple awards.

In 2012 he was one of 18 international directors selected for Saatchi & Saatchi's new directors showcase at Cannes.

In February 2013 Ben Howard, Mickey and Nat Wason began producing music together under the name 'Corsaire'. 

Their collective contributed two songs, 'The Burren' and 'Spirit of Akasha' to the soundtrack of the Andrew Kidman/Alby Falzon film, 'Spirit Of Akasha'. 

From May 2013 Mickey began working as a multi instrumentalist in Ben Howard's band, touring extensively ever since.

Throughout the Winter of 2013/14 Mickey collaborated intensely on Ben's second studio album, 'I Forget Where We Were'.

In October 2014 'I Forget Where We Were' was released and reached number one in the UK album charts.

'A Blaze Of Feather' released their first EP on May 5th 2017 featuring Mickey alongside bandmates Ben Howard, India Bourne, Nat Wason, Richie Thomas & Kyle Keegan. 

The band was signed to Hell Up Records with first single 'Carousel' premiering on BBC Radio 1 in late April 2017.

Mickey continues to work as a musician, cinematographer and photographer.