Antony Szmierek is a spoken word and indie hip-hop artist making unique moves by blending his poetic, often introspective lyricism with undeniably smooth riffs and nostalgic beats. Hailed by Lauren Laverne as “the best thing I’ve heard all year” and described as “Mike Skinner spliced with Simon Armitage” – his track ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fallacy’ spent 4 weeks on the 6 Music B-list, as well as being featured on Jack Saunders’ ‘Future Artists’ show on Radio 1. The same track also bagged the high score on Steve Lamacq’s legendary Round Table. Support continues to pour in from the likes of Craig Charles, Steve Lamacq, Nemone, Mary Anne Hobbs and Chris Hawkins
“he is being lauded as one of the leading lights of a new generation of truly captivating British songwriters” – The Line of Best Fit
“Literate and worldly wise, he also packs a punch – there’s romance, there, but also grit” – Clash
What Szmierek does is document incredibly specific details from his life, and others. It’s about making music that tells stories and makes him feel good. Having spent time working as a teacher throughout his twenties, he’s learned the value of “communities, people and empathy. All of these things I value as part of my personality now, I learned while teaching.”
Szmierek says the ultimate mission of his music is to let others know that this is all possible.