J.K.B (Joe Khalique-Brown) is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Birmingham, now based in London. The eclectic array of influences J.K.B draws upon cements his individuality as an artist, from the down-to-earth lyricism of Elliot Smith and King Krule to the sonics of electronic music and rap.
J.K.B is kicking 2023 off in style with the shimmering indie release ‘RUN’. The new single is both melancholy and hopeful; the lyrics provide an honest insight into the experience of a man who has been abused in a relationship and his journey of acknowledgement and acceptance. For J.K.B it was important to highlight how men often don’t feel like they can share these experiences but that there is no shame in doing so.
J.K.B in his own words about the meaning behind the track:
“RUN is about learning to value yourself and not accept being treated like shit. For me it's a proud moment because it shows me how far I've developed in terms of my self-image, and affirms to myself that I deserve to be loved and to be happy.”
The new single follows on from J.K.B’s latest release ‘Young Professional’ which garnered attention from Spotify editorials New Music Friday UK, Fresh Finds UK/IE, and Alternative Future. With support also from BBC Introducing (West Mids) and Reform Radio, J.K.B is making his mark as an artist to watch in 2023.
J.K.B came of age watching Birmingham-based indie bands like Peace and JAWS in the early 2010s which he cites as having an influence on his music and style.
A lifelong musician, beatmaker, and songwriter, the current chapter of Joe’s musical journey began in 2020. During the pandemic, he found himself once again writing songs on the guitar and at the piano after several years of pursuing exclusively electronic and hip hop projects.
Since then, he has been honing his craft as both a writer and a performer, releasing 2 singles in 2022 and re-immersing himself in the Birmingham, and then London, gig circuits.
Alongside the release of his new single ‘RUN’, J.K.B will be performing at the Amersham Arms, Deptford.