Sam Smith Premieres New Song “Unholy” featuring Kim Petras on BBC Radio 1
- British singer-songwriter Sam Smith premiered a new song “Unholy” on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Clara Amfo.
This time, he teamed up with German singer-songwriter Kim Petras on the track.
Sam Smith first performed the song on BBC The Hottest Record in the World.
The song follows up "Love Me More", and the collaborative song I'm Not The Only One with Speed Radio and Xxtristanxo.
He wrote the song in Jamaica. It was written by Sam Smith, James Napier, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Henry Walter, Blake Slatkin, Omer Fedi, and Kim Petras.
Produced by ILYA, Cirkut, Blake Slatkin, Jimmy Napes, and Sam Smith.
“'Unholy' was made in Jamaica and was one of the most glorious creative moments I've ever had as an artist,” Sam Smith said of the song. “I've never had so much fun making a record. It was so cathartic and freeing to experiment like this and throw out the rule book. It has also been an honor to work with Kim and get to witness her brilliance. This song is about liberating oneself from the clutches of others' secrets…”
Kim Petras said, “I am such a big fan of Sam. It is cool to meet another artist who is a really good writer and has a vision that's their own. I had the best time in the studio with them. They really believed in me and encouraged me to be totally myself. I feel so honored that they chose me to be on this song.”
Sam Smith told Clara Amfo about the collaboration with Kim Petras, “Kim Petras is I think one of the most credible artists right now that we have. And I've always been a fan and when I wrote the song in Jamaica with some friends, and after we finished it, I just heard Kim on it. There was never a second verse. I always felt like there needed to be there's like a queer Bonnie and Clyde. That's the kind of the way I thought the song and Kim came to my mind straightaway and I sent her the song. Kim said she loved it. We message and then we met in Capitol Records in LA and Kim came in and honestly it was one of the most powerful recording sessions I've ever had in my life. She came in and she completely owned it. And it was just really beautiful to see to queer people want to say in a in a room full of guys owning their voices, and I'm just so honored to work with him. Honestly and this song is so special. It's I've never created a song that's a mixture of like, angsty but also sexy and then also humorous. It's a really it's a new feeling for me.”
He continued, “It's a Middle Eastern scale. And Omer Fedi, who was writing the song with was playing it on the guitar, and then we came up with I started singing alongside the guitar and then ILYA, who was working on the beat, start working with B. And then there was this beautiful collaborative experience, which was kind of just what creating should be like. It was just free and fun, and we weren't thinking about no sounds radio. But with the end result felt beautiful and I'm so happy to present it here.”
- source : BBC Radio 1