First Look Friday: Enter Into Quiñ's Fantastical Realm Of Soul
Photo of QUIÑ taken by Ural Garrett for Okayplayer.
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Quiñ has built quite the reputation in the industry as a go-to-artist and performer. Fueled by an active imagination and an ambient sound, Quiñ’s “Fantasy Soul music” has gained an impressive following on Soundcloud and an equally cool rolodex of featured guest appearances. Her most recent single, “Over Again,” endeared her to an audience who appreciates solid sonics and linked her with G-Eazy, a major label star from Oakland, California.
In our humble opinion, Quiñ is definitely an artist to watch on the rise. She’s put in the work behind-the-scenes, and now can utilize her excellent experiences to show out for the masses. Galactica, her debut EP which hits the world on October 28, is already being hailed by publications such as FADER and streaming services like TIDAL as “captivating” and “mighty” respectively. With that in mind, we’re equally approving of Quiñ’s effortless style, cooler-than-your-average songwriting and space age singing, and hope that you take notice of her shimmering sound bed.
Witness as this week’s First Look Friday subject steps from out of the shadows to show off her otherworldly creativity, break down the obstacles she’s overcome and premiere a new track, “I AM,” for your ear’s listening pleasure. Press play, get a feel for this “Galacticat” and enjoy this ride through her powerful portal into the realm of her fantasy soul music.
Okayplayer: To music snobs the world over, you are making an impact. What is it that those in Los Angeles are seeing and hearing that the rest of the world has yet to discover?
QUIÑ: We’re just experiencing our truths out here.
OKP: For those who have a passion for music, they honed their skills and practiced their craft. Who are your most cherished influences in music and why?
Q: Being able to make music at all is heaven sent and all together inspiring. I have so many people [that] I love, but, of course, daddy Prince is one of my favorites to look at, feel and relate to. He’s perfect.
OKP: Your song, “Over Again” featuring G-Eazy is extremely dope and has heightened anticipation for new work from you by tastemakers who have a heavy presence in the industry. Can you talk about how life was for you while developing as an artist? How did you react to your first bits of press?
Q: Thank you! Life has been smooth. Developing as an artist has been just me evolving into what I like to call “the Baby Lady”. It is all me and it is all a part of my process. I’ve taken my time with my work and now it’s time to share. The anticipation is just something that comes along with it. All in all, I’m grateful.
OKP: With incidents involving people of color, police and racist occurring almost on a daily basis — how can your music (and/or others) help to relieve the trauma that is being experienced by the masses?