Kwes (sometimes stylized as Kwes.) is a British record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician.
Born and raised in Lewisham, South East London, Kwes began playing his grandparents' organ at the age of four and his grandmother bought him his first small keyboard aged 5. For his 10th birthday, he received a radio/tape recorder with a built-in microphone, which launched his interest in sound recording. As a producer he has worked with Big Dada signed Dels on his 2011 debut album Gob and The xx earlier on in their career producing an early version of their song "Insects". He has also co-produced a mixtape entitled Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.1, with Micachu (as "Kwesachu"), alongside MCs Dels & Ghostpoet, with appearances from London pop-bands, including Golden Silvers and The Invisible.Matthew Herbert touted him as a musician and producer to watch, admiring his "really unusual, experimental approach". Kwes is also a solo artist. XL Recordings imprint Salvia released limited edition single "Hearts in Home/Tissues" in January 2009. Kwes released his debut EP "No Need To Run" on Young Turks/XL on 28 June 2010. Kwes has also reworked several artists including Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s opera ‘Monkey’, Portico Quartet and Zero 7 amongst many others. Kwes has colour synaesthesia. His earliest synaesthetic experiences occurred around the age of 4 and he attempted to colour paper with the particular colours he was seeing when listening to music. These colours have been set since he first discovered his condition: "any form of a G-chord would have orange in it, and the other notes which are not G accompanying that G-chord would have an effect on the type of orange it is. Majors tend to be slightly brighter." Same applies for D which is always – yellow/green, E which is Yellow/gold, F which is violet/blue, C – Blue, A – light blue, B – yellow/gold/green. “Colour is not in my direct field of vision, it's more in my peripheral field of vision, so it's just something that's always going ; it 't annoy me, or it doesn't amuse me, or it doesn't make me feel good, it's a normal occurence to me. But at the same time, that could be why I love music so much. ”
His synaesthetic impressions of his own music are translated in the artwork to his solo releases, "Hearts in Home" and "No Need to Run".