Vital Stats

  • NAME: Smoota
  • HEIGHT: 6'
  • WEIGHT: 173 lbs
  • HAIR: brown
  • EYES: hazel
  • BIRTH DATE: October 11
  • BIRTH PLACE: Boston, MA
  • FAVE SEX SCENE: Trans-Europ Express
  • FAVE LINE: "So I turned my head and lazily sniffed the smell of brine that Marie's head had left on the pillow."


How many licks does it take to get to the center of Smoota? He's not telling, but he welcomes you to find out. Most tales of love portray the first glance, the first laugh, the first kiss. But they trail off when the lights go out. Smoota sings love songs that tell the whole story — from first glance to first lick to last sigh. Nothing is out of bounds if it's true.

Smoota's music has been described as “hyper-sexed, sensual alt-soul grooves" (Time Out New York) and "an excellent example of how the libido sounds" (San Diego Reader).

Other Music in NYC praised Smoota's debut LP FETISHES (2013, Body To Body Records): “Combines the slinky DIY funk grooves of Shuggie Otis with the offbeat, trippy psychedelic stoner charm of James Pants, all topped off with a sly pervy streak that winks toward Serge Gainsbourg and the P-Funk mob….Smooth, laidback soul and funk that's slightly gritty at the edges; he's a skilled musician with the chops to pull this off."

His second full-length album is coming in late 2017.

Smoota also sings with Dutch neo-romantic band Night Cry. V2 Records released their debut album in December 2016.

Smoota has played trombone since he was a little boy and currently plays trombone and keyboards with acclaimed art rock band TV on the Radio. He has also performed and/or recorded trombone with Run The Jewels, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Aaron Neville, Pretty Lights, Miike Snow, Elvis Costello, Bernard Purdie, Steven Tyler, Bebel Gilberto, Angelique Kidjo, Deer Tick, MNDR, Pharaoh Monche, Gordan Gano of the Violent Femmes, Steve Arrington, Antibalas, Chin Chin and many others.

Smoota played in Fela!, the Broadway musical directed by choreographer Bill T. Jones about the life of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and, on Halloween 2009, joined Sharon Jones and members of the Dap-Kings to help Phish cover the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street, documented in the 2010 film Phish 3D. In 2010, Smoota played trombone and acted in a stage opera version of Melvin Van Peebles' proto-blaxploitation flick Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, directed by Van Peebles himself and featuring music from Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, the cosmic freak soul group led by Greg Tate (co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition with Living Colour's Vernon Reid).

Smoota can usually be found on Monday nights playing at Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with local dirty gospel R&B institution Rev. Vince Anderson and the Love Choir.

Smoota grew up near Boston and studied Film and Literature at Harvard University, where he made 16mm films under the tutelage of Yugoslavian maverick filmmaker Dusan Makavejev.

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