Can’t Stop Loving You, the latest single by London’s Beckwith, is a touching composition that soars due to strong vocals and a production that does tremendous work utilizing instrumentation, vocals, and the space in-between them. Touches and improves upon the framework of artists like Ed Sheeran and John Mayer, with hints of an earlier alt-rock tradition (Counting Crows, Soul Asylum) that are peppered through the single. With Can’t Stop Loving You, Beckwith creates a memorable composition that will stick with listeners long after the composition has ceased. By tying together a bevy of distinct musical genres, Beckwith has transcended a pigeon-hole mentality endemic in pop music to make one of our favorite cuts this year.
Entertwine: Tell us about your latest release, “Cant Stop Loving You”? What can you tell us about the creation process of this track? I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with my next musical project. I felt a little lost. I had fallen out of love with the trashy, dumbed down lyrical side and reduction in vocal quality, honesty and truth in R&B. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a piece of music by Luke Garfield that I absolutely fell in love with. It took me about 20mins to write and record which is strange for me. I usually like to think about my lyrical structure but on this song I just let myself be open to the universe and what you hear in the final result is whatever I felt that day. I had spoken earlier that morning to a friend who was going through a separation and I think that those feelings manifested inside me and I unleashed it in that song. I think it is probably my favourite song in my catalogue and the response to it has been fantastic. I have even had hardcore metal guys come up to me and say ‘I really like that song mate’. I guess if you have been through something like that then you can relate.
How would you describe your genre? When did you first discover it? What drew you to it? Well for a guy who was known for his R&B balladry for the last 10 years you would think that all I listen to is Soul and R&B but in a actually I have been heavily influenced by the folk and singer/songwriter genre. Especially by artists of my generation, such as Dave Barnes, Ben Rector, John Mayer, Jason Mraz. I really like that Americana sound. I think that it has spilled into my work. It was an unconscious decision. I just wrote to whatever music inspired me. I would think that I would now be classified as a Singer/Songwriter with aspects of folk.
Who are some of your influences when it comes to creating and performing? Why? The range of my influences is so vast. from Doo Wop in the fifties with The Flamingos, early Rock N Roll with The Everly Brothers, Dion & The Belmonts and Little Richard. Seventies Soul, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Teddy Pendergrass, Seventies Rock with Free, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, you have the songwriters in that generation too with Janis Joplin and James Taylor. In the 80s, I have The Cure, I would take a bullet for Robert Smith, Joy Division and the soul music of that time, Luther Vandross and the British Soul Sound with Soul II Soul, Sade and Loose Ends. In the 90’s R&B was at its creative and vocal best, Hip Hop had their golden generation and Pearl Jam and Nirvana saved rock from the hair metal bands and then in that last generation I have been tuned into the singer/songwriters. I even like the New Country movement. All those pre-mentioned artists have inspired me and influenced me in some way. Oh I love listening to movie score too, Danny Elfman, Mark Isham. Did I mention my love for Celtic music too…….You can hear Irish influences in my new single ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’.
What is your favorite part of performing? What takes up your time when you aren’t writing or performing? I have a love/hate relationship with performing live. I guess the main thing would be the crowd reaction. If you can connect with someone in the crowd, that pretty cool. When I am between projects, I’m a big family guy and my biggest passion is Books, collecting and reading. I have quite an extensive collection of Voltaire, including a few first editions. I am getting into collecting Moliere too, so competing Moliere collectors, a new sherif has entered town! I must mention TV also, particularly Nordic Noir and a French show called Spiral, although I love Orphan Black too. I’m a sucker for a Sports documentary so I have been glued to ESPN’s 30 for 30 shows.
What is next for you in 2016? Promoting the Self-Titled EP. I think after the campaign for ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ has finished, we are onto the video for the second single ‘Off My Mind’ and then straight into the next EP/Mini album which will hopefully will be released in April 2017.