Smith moved to London at the age of 18 and got a job as a barman, where he met songwriter Jimmy Napes. Together, they wrote "Lay Me Down
," which Napes forwarded to Disclosure's managers in 2012. Smith co-wrote "Latch
" that same year, a collaboration with the house duo that proved to be his breakthrough hit.
Smith was still working at the bar when he recorded "Latch." He explained to Entertainment Weekly
: "You could hear it in my voice that I wanted to be doing something else. There's a real hunger behind that song."