"With an infectious blend of roots, reggae and hip hop in tow, The Lyrical commands a strong stage presence as he spits his politically charged and socially conscious expressions" - themusic.com.au
Winner “People’s Choice Award,” Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010, 2011.
Winning the Byron Bay Bluesfest "People's Choice Award" in 2010 and 2011”,
The Lyrical (AKA Karl Smith) has become THE rising star of the music scene in Brisbane. The Sunshine State capital has always been Australia's hotbed for new talent in a variety of genres and the acoustic-hip-hop/reggae scene is now no exception to that tradition. Following in the footsteps of Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd, The Lyrical reflects the ingenuity and musical aptitude it takes to be a great artist. The "Unique blend of beat-boxing meshed with folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics ( - City News)" is fast becoming the hottest ticket in town.
The Lyrical cut his teeth on the streets busking three nights a week and quickly became a well known music champion to the thousands who stopped to dance and play along over the years. "I love busking," tells Karl, "it's the BEST way to talk to everyday people with your music, and when you busk... you hear the REAL truth about it... if people don't like it... they tell you! If they think you're inspiring... they tell you that too - it's great!" This translates into a wonderful stage presence and a one of a kind gig and the audience’s appreciation is clear!
The love affair with the colours with red, yellow and green, come from the fact that Karl was born in Port Villa, Vanuatu. They are the colours of the national flag. He then moved to the Solomon Islands as a child. Whilst growing up in Honiara he began playing and creating music with his neighbour Tommy (a.k.a. Solomon from Flow Etiquette). They developed their passion for music together, sitting near the radio whilst copying the music with their mouths because they had no instruments. "If we weren't doing that, we were drumming on cardboard boxes with chopsticks or blowing through a plastic pipe," Karl says of his childhood with a reminiscent laugh." I didn't actually even learn guitar till my older brother gave me one around 10 years ago [...] still to this day I cannot read a note of music."
The Lyrical's debut album and EP is currently on sale through his website and iTunes