Pat Dam Smyth

When Northern Irish singer-songwriter Pat Dam Smyth went into the studio to record his debut album The Great Divide, he was recovering from a debilitating fear of music known as melophobia. Here he talks about the songwriting process.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 12 Oct 2012
  • min read
He had been unable to listen to any music for seven months, so tentatively began writing his own to coax himself out of the condition. The results draw on many of Pat’s personal experiences and showcase his classic songwriting talent.

We recently invited him in to to perform two songs for us - the album's lead single Friends and The Ides of March. Afterwards we spoke to him about his songwriting process, how he first got into music and how the piano has transformed his writing.