I was fortunate enough to spend a little time with a Loiner (that’s someone from Leeds, ya big dummy!) by the name of Bijou Bakson and take a listen to his single: “This Go’n Keep U Going.”
Hailing from Leeds, United Kingdom, Bijou began singing as a child. I was curious to find out how it all came about. He gave me a brief insight on his beginnings as a musician that put a background to his passion. The first time he heard his voice on a track, at the age of 13, he was hooked on making music. It may have taken him a long time to get where he’s at and the road wasn’t always easy to travel, but he’s happy to just be making music. And it’s something he says he’ll never stop doing.
I asked Bijou about everything from his influences to his ideas about the state of the music industry to what separates him from other Loiner artists.
Let’s talk about “This Go’n Keep U Going.” The song has an infectious groove to it and definitely makes you wanna move with that one woman you’ve been checking all night in the spot, did you utilize any sampling for the song?
All music is played live, virtually – there’s no sample.
That’s pretty dope, it’s a rarity to find artists that don’t sample in some way, shape or form. Two questions in one for you. What was the concept behind the video and what was your motivation behind doing This Go’n Make U Move?
My motivation was to make a song that would Keep U Going… Just like the title say; I wanted to make a song that would capture my African roots in a contemporary manner with influence from R&B and Soul – Afrobeats was the perfect way to go, seeing as people are listening to Afrobeats all over the world nowadays; but also most importantly, I wanted to sneak in a message of love — If you listen careful to the lyrics, you’d pick that up.
Further more, the video illustrates a scene of a guy who refused to say hello to his fellow mate for some strange reasons when indeed the other didn’t seem to have a problem with him. That same guy he hated came to his rescue when he fell on the ground(how interesting is that?) — it was my duty to pass a message of love, a message to states that we need each other and must not hate that the other is successful, and instead celebrate because that person you want to fail might be your only salvation when needed. And besides, love is the only thing that’d help humanity reach peace, expansion and higher levels of consciousness, not hatred.
That’s what’s up! I appreciate the break from all the trap music and I liked the concept and how the two of y’all came together on a unified front. When did you realize that this was going to be a hit?
After I made the instrumental I knew this was different; I knew that I had to come up with serious lyrics and vocal production to match the flow. The music itself sounded already awesome to me and my two kids and girlfriend loved dancing to it already. So I had to shape up.
Every time I played the song it sounded like a hit. I kept getting new ideas for delivery, adding a strong here, a vocal there… It was truly an amazing experience; in fact, the experience of producing the songs in the upcoming album has been the most exciting experience in my musical journey. I had worked on some instrumentals with some producers in the past, even on some songs on this album but this time I have made enough songs that all the music that will end up in the final version of the album have been 100% my work.
Oh, I have an album coming out in April. Hopefully a couple of singles will be released around that time as well. The album title is – The Alternative.
What would you say separates you from other Loiner rappers/artists that are doing it right now and how do you feel about the current state of music?
My experience and background separates me from other Leeds/UK artists – I wasn’t born here. I’m able to link my African inheritance with contemporary music in a way that is unprecedented.
Personally, I feel there’s not enough singers around — everybody is rapping nowadays. And they all sound like Future in some way. 808 bass has influenced music of this generation so much that it just got… Let’s just say — repetitive. You can’t even listen to some of these songs on a mobile speaker or small stereo because the sound overall is just not balanced properly. I think it’s due to the fact that there’s a bunch of beat makers who can make a catchy tune without mastering the engineering skills of a record producer. You hear a somewhat rememberable synthesiser hook with a heavy bass and voilà… People go like “man, that’s dope!”. Hopsin does a good job illustrating that in his No Word record.
Yeah man my sentiments EXACTLY, no content no feeling. That Hopsin track is spot on! Out of sheer curiosity, what would you say your ultimate purpose/goal in the business is?
I aim to do music that has contemporary vibes but without loosing the beauty of how music has always been done. I compare the quality of my music with pre-digital classics such the album Thriller, some old work by R Kelly, etc. My ultimate purpose is to make a career out of the one thing I have truly loved. I want to see my records being played all over the world. I want people to get to hear my story and I want to perform around the world. I want to be remembered amongst the greatest that ever did it. I want to touch people’s hearts, minds and souls.
And I want to use the power I gain from fame and fortune to pass a message of love, to help people help themselves… To awaken the sleeping soul, save the lost minds… To contribute to the freedom of mankind.
Listen to “We’re In This Together “this is the first single I released for my upcoming single.
And I got a message for the people, and a story to tell. I have had trouble fitting in because I was too smart for some, too black for others and too focused and gifted for others… My situation is unique, with me having to strangest struggle with immigration through so many years and having to suffer in silence —
I can definitely dig and respect it man. So who’s your biggest critic/supporter so far?
Biggest critic – myself. Biggest support – My fans are all over the world! Strangely my core fan base here in Leeds is just too small and they are not active. My active fans are on other places all over the world — we gotta thank social media for this. My fan page www.facebook.com/
How long have you been in the business perfecting your craft?
I’ve been singing since I was a child. It began one day when I was singing on the street; I was spotted by a guy and we ended forming a group; we recorded about some songs together. At the time I used to think singing was reserved for godlike special people. From the moment I heard my voice on a tape, I knew I wanted to be a musician. I was about 13 then.
Who is your biggest influence musically?
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson of course!
Who produced the track and how did you connect with him or her?
I wrote, recorded, produced, mastered the song. I planned, directed, edited and published the video
Well I guess I don’t need to ask you who created the beat and if you’ve previously worked with them before! Is there any particular artists that you like to work with in the future?
I would love to work with many artists but as it stands I can’t think of any name there’s just so many. I’m influenced by R&B so it wouldn’t hurt to world with CeeLo Green, R Kelly, Chris Brown, Usher, NeYo, do a duet with Brandy.
Find more Bijou here.