Lucky Blue Smith Talks Stormi Bree, The Atomics, and Finding His True Passion

Lucky Blue Smith Talks Stormi Bree, The Atomics, and Finding His True Passion

The supermodel (and V103 cover star) stopped by the V offices during NYFW for a one-on-one with editor-in-chief Stephen Gan to dish on his love life, burgeoning music career (including an upcoming show at Coachella), and what it's like to be 18 years-old and doing it all.

The supermodel (and V103 cover star) stopped by the V offices during NYFW for a one-on-one with editor-in-chief Stephen Gan to dish on his love life, burgeoning music career (including an upcoming show at Coachella), and what it's like to be 18 years-old and doing it all.

Text: Stephen Gan

So how did you get started modeling?

LUCKY BLUE So I have three sisters. Daisy first got scouted and signed. We were living in Utah at that time, and NEXT, our agency in L.A. was like, "You should come out here Daisy, to meet the agency and all the other agents.”And then they turned it into a family vacation. My family and my parents were like, "OK, you can meet Lucky as well. I'll just bring everyone so you can meet them." And then when we all came in, that's when I signed and then the next day they were like, "Hedi wants to shoot you for Vogue Hommes Japan.” So that's how it started, shooting with him.

When was that?

They signed me when I was 12.

Is Daisy still modeling?

Yeah, [but] she hasn't done that much in. I don't know why. She's the lead guitar player in our band.

So the band is you, Daisy, and you have two other sisters?

Yes. Starlie is the oldest, then Pyper, then me. Piper plays the bass, and then Starlie is the singer. We just started playing a bunch of shows and we're playing Coachella.

Lucky Blue, Daisy, Starlie, and Pyper America Smith. Photo courtesy of The Atomics.

They’re so cute.

Do you want to see my girlfriend? She’s insanely gorgeous.

Who is she?

Her name's Stormi Bree.

What's up with these names? [laughs]

I don't know! But I'll show you Stormi. She's a singer, her voice is insane.

But she's not part of the band?

No, but she's a singer, a writer. She writes all of her own music. She used to model with Bruce Weber a bunch on some Ralph [Lauren] stuff, Abercrombie stuff. She's from Tennessee. She's just like this cute, southern girl.

That's so cute. And where does she live?

In L.A., with me—not technically, but she hasn't not spent a night with me.

How old is she?

She's 26. That's the thing with people, they're like, "What the heck? She's 26?" But I don't care.

So back to your music.

Our band is called The Atomics.

And what's your role?

I'm the drummer.

And no vocals ever?

I mean, I don't even want to sing. I don't have any interests in doing that. I just like playing beats and just going crazy on the drums. But I've never even tried it either.

How do you get a band signed up for Coachella?

So my manager we started working with just under a year ago, we just started working with the manager. His name is Simon Fuller. He created American Idol, Spice Girls, like, everyone. I don't know who exactly booked Coachella or how it exactly happened because it's insane to be, I guess a band, not like a fresh band. But like, a band that no one really knows about you know? I'm so excited to be playing both weekends on Saturday.

Wow.

I don't know how long we've been playing music together. I got instruments for Christmas one year and I was like 5 or 6 when I first got the drums. And Piper got the guitar. Daisy got the bass, but then a little after they switched instruments. Piper plays bass now and Daisy plays guitar and my dad's a musician, so he taught us all how to play.

How old were you when you played your first show?

How old was I? I was like 11 or 12 when we played our first show in our old hometown in Spanish Fork, Utah. It's like this small town. It was in July at this thing called Fiesta Days. It was just the middle of July and there's fireworks and carnivals. We played at a car show at like 9 AM, really early. I remember it was on library steps and it was our first show ever.

How did you come up with the name, "The Atomics"?

To be honest, I don't remember at all how it came up. We were so young, I think it was my sisters. We have crazy opinions, me and my family. I actually think we got that name because we could buy the website URL. I think that was one that was available.

I see you guys are working on the first album right now, how is that shaping up?

It's shaping up good. We've been working with a couple of different writing people. Rock Mafia we've been doing tons of stuff with. They've done a bunch of Selena stuff. When we first started playing music, we learned surf instrumental—like The Ventures, Dick Dale, old school surf stuff like that. That's what we learned on and we love that sound of that old school, surfy, guitar sound. But we're wanting to change. We kind of want to do like a tough, grungy, but not too grungy, surf influence, upbeat music. So this is all of the music we've done. But that's the sound we love and are.

Do you think the album will be this year? Or further down the line?

I think definitely an EP first or an album. Or we're releasing singles as we go. After Coachella, we're going to have to put stuff out.

And what about your acting. Do you want to do that over music?

Me personally, I want to do acting. I want to do film. Whenever a camera's turned on, recording me, I love it and I love to play the part of a character. It's so fun! That's my main goal in life, to be a Leo or a Brad Pitt.

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