Interview - B.K.W.H
B.K.W.H (Beckwith) is a UK-based R&B artist who has released his brand-new single ‘Can’t Beat The Weekend’ serving as a timeless piece of luxury soul infused with funk and class to produce a modern classic two-step sound for a new musical generation.
Given B.K.W.H's prior songwriting success and his impeccable lyrical skill, ‘Can't Beat The Weekend’ is one of those exceptional double-meaning songs that elevates him to the top songwriters of the last ten years. On the surface, the song appears to be an ode to everyone's favorite part of the week, the weekend, but the song, like the writer, has a much richer, more nuanced context.
We sat down with B.K.W.H to discuss his music and much more. Here's what he had to say:
Hey B.K.W.H welcome to FLEX! How are you?
Really good! Thank you for having me! I am feeling a bit Nervous and a little anxious. I’m always excited when a new single comes out but extra nervous with this one as I really believe in the song and want it to do well.
Congratulations on your new single ‘Can’t Beat The Weekend’ - what inspired this particular track?
There are two meanings to the song, the first is that I LOVE The Weekend and want to celebrate every weekend which comes. The second meaning is an ode if you will to the artist The Weeknd. I have tried three times to knock him off the #1 place in the R&B charts and I have come up short. I am hoping this time around I can beat The Weeknd.
And do you have to be in a certain mood to write?
I am very lucky when it comes to writing. Some people believe that you have to be locked into a certain unseen frequency. If that is the case I have always been blessed enough to be around. There are some songs I write, where I start and then 20 minutes later I am left with words on a page without a memory of how it got there. There is a song I wrote for a US artist called L.E.S called ‘Tim Berners Lee’. I think it might be one of the best songs I have ever written. It took me 15 minutes. I am not sure how I did it but it just appeared. I do pray that whatever I have been blessed with never leaves me.
How was the recording and writing process?
For this song, it was inspired by a comment my friend and collaborator DJ Sounchild made after my song ‘Everyday’ was beaten to the #1 spot on the R&B chart by ‘Blinded by the Lights’ by The Weeknd. He said ‘still can’t beat The Weekend’. As soon as he said that it sparked something creative in my mind and I called my producer Jimmy Antony and told him my idea for a song which was inspired by the comment. Jimmy blessed me with one of his best tracks to date. The writing took about 20 minutes. The recording probably took 2 days in total. We were lucky to have a local vocalist called Abbie Hartley feature in the song. She wrapped her part incredibly quickly, she was a real professional. The mixing and mastering by Papa Branca in Denmark took about a day.
For viewers that don’t know B.K.W.H, how would you describe your sound?
I would say that I have an R&B, Soulful, and Hip Hop sound. My range can go from New Jack Swing with my song ‘You’re That Kind of Girl to Hip Hop Soul with ‘Be There’ featuring Keith Murray to my current song which is a classic Soul 2-stepper. The support from the Soul DJs on this particular release has been incredible.
And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren't writing or recording in the studio?
Well, I am a little bit of a book collector. I try to acquire first-edition and signed copies of books I believe could be worth something in the future. As-side for my passion for books, I try to be the best family man I can be. I try to help my wife where I can and I devote a lot of time to my daughter. I want to give her the opportunity to succeed in the future.