Matt Darey Boat Party 27/07/19

Richard is performing (as part of the Urban Astronauts) at a special boat party at the Matt Darey Retrospective Album evening on the Thames in London on Saturday 27th July 2019. Live performances from Marcella Woods and Bonse also. Tickets from £25-£250.00. More details at the official event page here

New Showreel!

Richard appears in a new video featuring his talents on guitar! Check it out:

Latest Releases

Richard recently performed guitars on a series of Matt Darey/Lost Tribe releases – check it out:

1. ‘Keep Talking’ – Matt Darey/Somnium ft Molly Bancroft. Reached #3 in U.K. Dance charts and #9 in the commercial top 30
2. ‘Lubeno’ – by Lost Tribe which reached #5 in the U.K. Dance chart
3. ‘Something to Believe In – Matt Darey ft Roberta Harrison

All tracks released via Somnium Records. Richard is performing for Matt Darey at a special Thames Boat Party on Sat 29th July 2017.

Rising stars Row Z get set for ‘Green Penny’ EP


Much anticipated 3 track release out through GHOSTNOTE Records, June 9th

Tapping into the recent boom in British funk music, Row Z are a Liverpool based five piece with a taste for moody blues. Their new EP, ‘Green Penny’ is due June 9th and is currently one of the most eagerly awaited releases in the world of new UK Blues.

Led by the incredible Richard James Smith, the band specialise in sprawling jazz spiced funk tracks, full of intricate rhythms and virtuoso musical performance throughout.

For a taste, check out the EP’s lead single/title track ‘Green Penny’ – complete with a raw sound reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix:

Row Z first made a splash with Ska/Jazz single ‘Stalemate’ in 2006, released to universally good reviews and – improbably – a huge chart success in Germany.

Now though, this new material sees them hitting new heights with great crossover potential, pulling together their roots sensibilities with sound that is instantly accessible. It’s the kind of music that can (and has) turned small, impromptu gigs into full on dance parties, bringing in elements from breakdance to swing.

It comes as no surprise to learn that Richard James Smith comes with something of a reputation. After receiving Masterclasses from Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Joan Armatrading, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Yngwie Malmsteen and José Feliciano, Richard had the honour of being awarded his degree by Sir Paul McCartney; but this was just the start.

Since then, Richard has featured as a finalist in ‘Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ and ‘Acoustic Guitarist of the Year’, and featured on Oscar winner Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds To Mars track ‘Up in the Air’ (Remix). Fans include Jools Holland, who swapped numbers with Guitarist Richard after a performance for ITV.

However, Smith isn’t the only band member with pedigree. Drummer Jay Irving has toured with Tony Christie/The Christians, while Keyboard player John has toured with the Seahorses, John Squire, DJ Vadim, Cinematic Orchestra, and played and composed for Lily Allen hits ‘Smile’ and LDN. He also played on the acclaimed debut album from Corinne Bailey Rae.

Meanwhile, Alto sax player Alex Harris has performed for Richard Branson, Prince Charles and Kate Middleton, as well as numerous television shows, radio shows and short films including BBC’s Call the Midwife and BBC Radio London. He has also performed with Kevin Spacey at Ronnie Scott’s, London.

Row Z’s killer combination of skill and experience is what makes their music so brilliant and their EP so highly sought after. And when The Beatles’ first manager Allan Williams asks to book your band for parties after watching them at the Cavern Club, it’s clear you’re doing something right.

You can listen to the other two tracks from the ‘Green Penny’ EP here –
Blues for Buddha:




Matt Darey | New Album | Recording New Songs | Guitar

Matt Darey’s latest Album- Recording new songs | Richard James Smith Guitarist

Following on from the debut Matt Darey artist album ‘Blossom and Decay’ (released 2012 through Armin Van Buuren’s Armada label, which spawned monster hit ‘See the Sun’) we are recording new songs at the moment for the new Matt Darey album due Summer 2013.

The new tracks are sounding amazing! I’ve been recording acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass for all songs. Watch this space for new Matt Darey releases. The album will also feature several star vocalists too. Check the latest progress at

Matt Darey | Hold On | Single | Richard James Smith on Guitars | Trance Record of the Week | Flux BPM Online Review

Flux BPM Online: Review: Matt Darey 'Hold On' - Trance single of the weekThe latest Matt Darey single ‘Hold On’, which not only has been given the mighty accolade of Trance Record of the Week, but has also received glowing reviews from non other than Flux BPM Online, your one-stop shop for EDM Culture.

Being described as ‘…completely tuned in for Summer’ and as ‘hopeful & optimistic…….LOVE IT!’. Richard performs all guitars (Rock, electric, trance, classical, balaeric & Bass Guitar) and his guitar performance ‘…worked perfectly before the large synthy melody lands to create hysteria on the dancefloors’. Check it out at Flux BPM Online Website.