The Deli Philly's Featured Artist Poll Winner: Sam Bekt

By: Alexis V.

March 28, 2019

You might catch Sam Becht, a.k.a. Sam Bekt, at a show or on tour behind the skins with bands such as Epitaph Records’s Remo Drive and Long Island’s Oolong, who have helped to inspire him to want songs of his own. Thus, Selfie was created – a record of “stylish, homespun, pop melancholia”. It instantly captured our attention and a nomination for our Featured Artist(s) Poll, where Becht also recently emerged victorious. Take a moment, and find out more about the Philly renaissance man below.

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Sam Becht: I started making this music because I was drumming in so many other projects and soaking in how those artists create their music; it inspired me to want songs of my own, that I was the sole creator and artistic mind behind. I’m very inspired by the way sounds naturally occur and are around us in our everyday life, and find it important to incorporate that into the music I bring.

TD: Why did you decide to alter the spelling of your name? 

SB: The altered spelling of my artist name is purely for pronunciation purposes…haha.  The way one would naturally pronounce “Bekt” is the actual pronunciation of my real last name, “Becht,” which has been understandably mispronounced throughout my whole life.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

SB: My biggest musical influences are Jon Bap, James Blake, Frank Ocean, Jordan Rakei, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Erykah Badu.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

SB: Artists I’m currently listening to are Eliza Edens and Orion Sun. These two are making some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard come out of the Philly area! Also an artist named DJ Lucas up in Boston just put out a great mixtape. And of course, I listen to the likes of Lil Uzi Vert and Travis Scott a lot as well.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

SB: It’s a foggy memory, but I’m pretty sure the first concert I ever attended was Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Hershey Park Stadium…haha. And the first album I ever bought was Songs About Jane by Maroon 5! Still one of the best records ever in my opinion!

TD: What do you love about Philly?

SB: What I love about Philly is honestly the passion and the attitude everyone seems to share. There’s this homegrown, underdog (Go Birds) vibe about Philly that isn’t matched anywhere else in the world in my opinion. I know a lot of cats in Philadelphia that achieve success because they just relentlessly push and grind and work harder and harder at what they want to do until they’re just so busy killing it to realize how well they’re doing! It is really inspiring. Also shout out to friends I have in Philly who are responsible for bringing so much talent into our city like Ruben Polo and his band Soul Glo and David Gavigan at Everybody Hits for keeping the scene alive! Finally, my love for Philly is sealed by some of my favorite spots like Mui Chung and Jeff Cold Beer in South Philly, my friends at federal donuts, and the best sandwich shop in center city Middle Child – y’all always got me and I love ya!

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

SB: Hate is a strong word, but if I had to provide an answer to this, I would say it is often disappointing to me to live in a city that seemingly has the most available trash cans, but also is a place where so much trash and garbage litters our streets!

TD: What are your plans for 2019?

SB: My plans for 2019 at this moment in time are to get back from tour and start making more music! I’ve also already begun to recruit some friends to help me bring my music to life in a live setting, so be on the lookout for that! I booked my first show opening up for the incredible Canadian two-piece (and friends) Tennyson at U Street Music Hall in DC on April 19th! Also, I’m currently drumming for Epitaph Records band Remo Drive on their tours, and you’ll be able to hear me drumming on their upcoming record. I’m also drumming in a math-punk group from Long Island, NY called Oolong which I’m very excited to be a part of. And finally, I’m releasing an EP of minimalist EDM tracks under a different moniker, “Meatman”. So prepare yourselves for all of that…haha.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

SB: My most memorable live show was getting to play outside in a grassy field at my friend’s college (I’m blanking on which school; I wanna say it was St. Joe’s, but I’m not positive). My best pal Joey was kind enough to drive me out to the gig, and I just recall it being the most beautiful day, and people were able to lay in the grass and listen and pass by, and it was just such a pleasant show!

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

SB: My favorite thing to get at the deli would be an Italian hoagie or a turkey hoagie dependent on my mood! If I’m feeling a light lunch, I’m going for that turkey and Swiss with lettuce and tomato, salt, pepper, etc., but if I’m starving and it’s dinner time, I’m going all out with an Italian hoagie with the works! (Hot peppers, provolone, oil and vinegar) ...And just to be clear, when you say deli, you mean Wawa, right?