Meet Aaron Smith, Polmont busker whose first single released last week shot to the top of Spotify’s UK New Music playlist, beating the likes of Sam Smith and Beyoncé.

“I’m just finishing off my EP. It’s getting released on the 23rd of August, called ‘Loveless’. It’s about someone who is without love”, Aaron says.

First picking up a guitar six years ago, Aaron would learn a song to ’beat’ his cousin.

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“We’d go away and learn a song and whoever would learn it better won, like a bet.I taught myself by ear, learning to read tabs, and watching videos on Youtube and things.”

Aaron started busking on the streets of Polmont and around Falkirk. “I’m from Polmont.

“It’s not a nice place. There’s an ALDI and a prison. And that’s about it.”

“I started busking and my music went from there - I was offered gigs, met my manager.

“I think busking helped me become more confident. It was a bit of money in your pocket, as well.”

After the success of Aaron’s debut track Unspoken’, he is definitely one to watch on the Scottish music scene.

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Having already shared stages with the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Luke Sital-Singh, his next show is a slot at this weekend’s Belladrum festival on August 3.

“I’m excited. I’ve never played Belladrum before, it’ll be cool. It’s on my birthday - I can’t get smashed until I play after.”

Although having shared a stage with Lewis, the man of the moment, Aaron doesn’t believe the comparisons are very true to form.

“Lewis is crushing it right now. He’s more funny about his music being depressing - he’s got it figured out.

“I don’t play Scottish music.

“A lot of the artists I listen to are American - Bon Iver, RYX and the like.”

Although hailing from Scotland, Aaron says he finds that his identity doesn’t much influence his sound.

“Scottish gigs are for bands, I think, that’s what I’ve found.

“My music is really depressing, so I would say I get a better reaction from other places.”

As for the Scottish crowds, Aaron is not fazed.

“I’ve played a lot of places in Glasgow – Garage, Stereo, the poetry club.

“I don’t think Glasgow is different from anywhere else.

“I think I have better crowds in England – I get a better reaction from my kind of music.

“If you get an attentive crowd, it’s good.

“I still like playing a gig in Glasgow, though.”