A few weeks ago we caught up with singer/songwriter QUIÑ, most known for her collaborations with G-Eazy and her breakout EP Galactica. We spoke to the rising singer about being a new comer in the Industry, and how she came up with the term Fantasy Soul.
While currently on tour with JSMN, Quin also spoke to us about hitting the road and her feelings on introducing her music to listeners who may not heard her music. Things got a little deep as we talked about her thoughts on the music industry and mainstream music artists.
YMMW: You identify your music as Fantasy Soul, tell us what does Fantasy Soul mean to you and how did you come up with term as your sound?
QUIÑ: Fantasy Soul music to me means a lot because I am the one recording back from my imagination and my Imagination is very fantasy- landy. So I decided to come up with the term because every time some one would ask me what kind of music I made it was all very like, it sounds like this and it’s really that, and people couldn’t really relate to. So I was like let me just come up with something and it just kind of came to me and I experimented with it. So now when people ask I say I make Fantasy Soul music and that was enough, and I just rolled with it. It’s fun, my mind lives in a fantasy world and my soul just writes it all out for my imagination.
YMMW: Who were some of your influences in music growing up?
QUIÑ: I really loved Celine Dion and Sade, Michael Jackson. Everyone who our parents listened to basically, I wasn’t really inspired to make music so I feel like back then I was just more inspired general and I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up till I was like 19. As a kid I was just more amazed by the voice and the things that it can do. Subconsciously they were inspiring me to do what I am doing now but I didn’t even know it. So it wasn’t like I had that one person who I said I’m going to be just like this when I grow up, but I knew that by the time I got to middle school. I could do the same runs as these people and it was like oh, I can sing too, but I didn’t think I would ever make it a career. So they did inspire my voice a little bit, but I didn’t even know it, so it was all the people we grew up with like Destiny’s Child, TLC, India Arie, Alicia Keys, Songs in A minor was a really big deal for me that was like the car album for so long (LOL).
YMMW: On your debut EP galactica, you called it the first chapter into a universe you created, with your first EP being released back in 2016. Is there a new project that is on the way?
QUIÑ: Yes so, there’s a new project called Dream Girl. With galactica was kind of like the where and this is kind of like the who and the what happens there. So this is the second chapter of a way bigger situation that I am kind of freestyling. So it’s called Dream Girl and it’s going to becoming out really soon, summer time and it’s touches all aspects of dream girl because when you look at it and simplify it, Dream girls fall in love too and they’re like everyone else’s dream girl. We have feelings too. I kind of put all of my love songs into this one, which explains the simplified version of a Dream girl but then in a more complexes version. This is also me becoming my own dream girl. It’s who I exactly want to be and the things that it takes to get there, including the things from galactica. So I kind of what them to coexist with each other, they are very much siblings and this one is kind of explaining more of the girly side of things and how I get around through my dreams and the whole falling in love. All this stuff is very much real stuff.
YMMW: With Dream Girl coming out soon, what would you say is most different with this project than galactica
QUIÑ: Well this one I feel is more relatable because it has more love songs, but also I had my friends on here too. With galactica it was all me. So I have some cute features. I just think it’s more relatable honestly, because not everybody can relate to space travel. So when you dumb it down in a good way, like now I’m talking to my bad bitches, I have a song called BB and it’s really just talking about how “sometimes they get a little funny and now you wish you had a bad bitch on your side.” So I really simplified it a lot so it’s just like very specific moods instead of being so broad and spacy. It’s just more like all right now im just in a sticky situation and that song is featuring Syd from the internet. Were all genuine friends on this project, so it ended up being really cool and working together. The whole project is very dream girly, that’s how I can best explain it.
YMMW: You’re currently on tour with JMSN, what do you enjoy most about the tour life and performing your music in front of fans and new listeners?
QUIÑ: I think it’s just the face that I am the new kid in school right now, the show is fun and everyone loves it and it’s just funny because they expected to know who I was or confused as to why they didn’t know who I was, it’s because I am brand new. I really here to just introduce myself because no one is supposed to know who I am this is new you know? I think the best things is being able to introduce myself into all of these cities is a real blessing and being able to spread the word to people who actually know it is whole other feeling, it’s just like Oh My God, you know the words and your singing along with me. The best part is that I’m embracing these little times right now because it only gets bigger and bigger. Right now is so important because people want to know the words and by the end of the show they are singing along with me. So that is really important and just me being able to express who I am I’m really grateful for that opportunity.
YMMW: I really enjoyed your EP galactica, it was great to hear an artist do something different and not put out the same music as everyone else. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day, and I was saying how it seems like the some people in mainstream music are scared to be different where as indie artist aren’t afraid to be different with their music. What are your thoughts about the industry as a whole and how a lot of artist are doing the same music and not even trying to be different?
QUIÑ: I personally think it’s just a vibe of insecurities across the board, I don’t think some people are all the way ready to take the risk. I think that now people are ready to get a little more involved in what’s cool right now, but its just a movement happening that you’ll see progress song but I think that its been so stagnant on the radio lately just because people are afraid to be different and I think even going back to the last question, its cool to be able to be an example of comfortability no matter what and it kind just back these people through each show it’s just little more comfort to be themselves.
Some people are afraid to dance and I see that and I think that’s just a little example of what’s going on in the industry too. It’s like we’re the ones with the tastes we are the creators; we’re the ones who make the music. They just need to put a little more trust in that because we’re the leaders of everything right now, so if you give them basic stuff to listen to the majority of people who don’t even know what their taste is will think that’s what’s cool. But if we come out and they just would play it already then we would be able to change the flavor of the world. So I think it’s just a matter of time and a little bit of risk takers in the industry, and there are some really good people out right now, just like streaming wise, the people at Apple music and spotify, they have really amazing taste and have really been helping a lot of kids like me out. I think that’s what its going to come down to, were just going to knock the radio out the water and they are just going to do what we say because streaming is going to be the new flavor of choice. Right now it’s just kind of like who wants to listen to the radio now anyway you know? So we just need to take over. The take over is happening, it’s just a slow process, but I have faith that the industry will get it together. They need us so they just need to not be afraid.
YMMW: Being a new artist yourself, do you think when new artist come out that they should already have an identity of who they are instead of relying on the label?
QUIÑ: I think if you don’t know who you are then you need to figure it out before you do anything. I worked underground I can say that ive been just developing myself and I’m just really grateful that I wasn’t some kid out here signed to a label and then figuring myself out as I go. Even though I’m always figuring my self out as I go, but it’s good to have that private boot camp time to yourself, when your really training to know who you are and what your flavor is, so you can come fully confident. It is a confidence thing, if you go into a label and you think some one else’s opinion is better than what you think you should be doing then you have it twisted. So it’s good to go in there with a full on shield of this is what I do, this is what I need. Y’all have to tools so how are we going to work together, because this is not y’all thought it was going to be. I’m going to need what I need because I have what you all need, so lets work it out you know? That’s how it has to be, because the second that somebody gets a little leeway and try to make you something that you don’t feel comfortable with that’s game over for you. So you just have to be confident and strong in your ways already. We’re all striving for our best but, you just have to know what you came to do, you got to at least know what the mission is. I’m happy that I am where I am right now.
YMMW: You worked with G-Eazy on a couple of songs, what was it like working with him?
QUIÑ: It was cool; he’s really a friend of mine. I remember I was playing a song I had written with my friend Nash and it I was playing it for some friends in the car after a studio session and they we’re just like play it again! It was this really cute love song and I was like Aw, you guys really like this so, G pulled me to the side and said he was getting his album together and he really loved the song. I told him to talk to Nash because he made the beat, and so he did and he was really diligent about getting it on there so, throughout all the picking and choosing the songs on the album they kept it on there. They ended up naming it Thinking about you and that was the song that ended up on his album. We had wrote that song a while ago, what happen was he came out to LA to record his piece for the song, so ours was kind of separate so I came to do a couple of little things to it, so we didn’t really have a writing session together because my part was already written. It was just very natural and genuine and sweet and we didn’t even have to record it together because I had already made it so he just kind of added to it and we got it done and I’m super grateful for him to be on there with me.
YMMW: What can we expect to see coming from you next in 2017?
QUIÑ: Let’s see, so Dream Girl is coming out in the summertime, I’m going to be traveling, I have afropunk coming up in Brooklyn in August I have some cool visuals coming out for the project and I’m just going to keep continuing to travel and spreading the word and introducing myself to everyone because there is so many people in the world.