LoveThisTrack recently had the pleasure to speak with Los Angeles native, QUIÑ who describes her music as “fantasy soul,” created for songwriters who don’t fit into a specific genre.
Praised by publications such as Teen Vogue, Elle, HighSnobiety and more, QUIÑ made her mark in the music industry with her first EP, Galactica, presenting a touch of uniqueness and original creativity through each sound. Growing up as a choir kid, the singer took time to embrace her musical abilities, when finally allowing herself to accept her talents she transitioned to the Bay Area where she started music sessions with friends and began the thorough process of creating projects for the world to see.
QUIÑ is beyond getting her foot in the door with music. The singer has worked with artists like G-EAZY, touring with “I Hate U, I Love U,” rapper Gnash and singer-songwriter JMSN. She also made her Fader Fort debut this year at SXSW and released a music video for her “Math” track.
Now the fantasy-soul singer is gearing up to release her sophomore project, Dreamgirl, which includes pre-made musical gems from the singer that she describes as story tellers.
Check out the interview below!
LoveThisTrack: For those that don’t know, tell us how you got started in music.
QUIÑ: I’ve always been in choir my whole life. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, so when I was 19, I moved away to the Bay to get to know myself and take a break from school and everything. I made a deal with myself that I would use my gift properly because for so long I kept my gift all to myself because I didn’t plan on sharing it. When I realized I didn’t want to be like that anymore, I made a bet to honor my gift more and share them because I realized it wasn’t about me. I had words to share and I was a great writer, I had to say that out loud because we don’t say that enough. When I figured that out, I decided to sit through everything that made me uncomfortable, so I could get over the fear of it. It was about trusting and people being in the right place and pressing play to my music and believing in myself, that got me to be who I am right now.
LoveThisTrack: You are gearing up to release your new EP, Dreamgirl. What was your inspiration behind the project?
QUIÑ: I originally thought that I was going to put out a Valentine’s Day little three-piece like I did the year before. I was going to re-release music on Spotify and Apple Music. When I start arranging that, it turned into something bigger and I started realizing that I had more than a few love songs that could go on there and I couldn’t choose. There were too many songs and it was a bigger idea than I had thought it was. Then I was like I should make a new project because I have so many songs. And I don’t even know how Dreamgirl came to mind, it was just automatic Dreamgirl thought of and I brought it back for the second EP. The process begin of putting songs together that I already made, that told the story through them.
LoveThisTrack: How has the transition from your first project Galactica, to your sophomore and newest project “Dreamgirl” been different and what have you learned?
QUIÑ: I learned a lot from little mistakes. The main thing I’m taking from this is that it’s no big deal because I will always have music for that to share and I don’t want to think too much about it. The songs I make are creating themselves and they’re guiding the next step. It’s really about being true to what I feel and to continue being honest about my feelings. Another thing is continuing to be myself because being myself has been getting me to where I want to be.
LoveThisTrack: You describe your music as “Fantasy Soul,” how would you explain the concept of what that means to someone who’s unfamiliar?
QUIÑ: Fantasy soul is my imagination in a fantasy world and my soul writes the songs. It’s like a genreless genre for anyone who doesn’t know where they fit in, could identify with. For someone who writes their own music, it’s something they can identify with. It just sounds like fantasy soul.
LoveThisTrack: Who are your musical inspirations and who would you like to work with?
QUIÑ: I always loved Alicia Keys, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild, but they never inspired me to make music. I would always listen to them and awe and just appreciate them for what they did. Usher’s Confessions was a big deal, like that was a good age for me. A lot of old stuff like Chicago, the band and Frank Sinatra, all the things my friends listened to were inspiring but they didn’t inspire my music, I just grew into it. All of the classic people that we love, that makes really good music are what inspired me. I always want to work with my friends forever and ever because I’m such a choir kid. I want to work with anybody who makes dope sh*t. I recently said I wanted to work with Missy because that would just be awesome. When I was in seventh grade and I was teaching myself Garageband, I wanted to be the next Missy making beats. It would be so sick to work with her! But they’re many other people they would be dope.
LoveThisTrack: With you being a carefree, energetic and soulful singer as you are person, what advice would you give to other upcoming artists or just people in general about being different and staying true to yourself?
QUIÑ: I would say to really get to know what you love and the things that you’re good at. Practice being confident in those things and saying out loud that you’re good at those things. I feel like a lot of the times, our problem is we don’t really claim and own our sh*t. We need to be for sure about what we do and at least when you’re in your developing stages of getting to know that, be nice to yourself. A lot of people pay attention to other people’s dreams, instead of their own. We all have gifts of some sort and we have to tap into those and start building confidence in those. They’re the keys to our destiny.
LoveThisTrack: Where do you see yourself with music and your projects in the upcoming years?
QUIÑ: I just want to travel the world and spread all of the light that I have and all of the words and make people happy. I want to be able to give something relatable to people so that they can feel good. I want to take my mom out of the country because she’s never been anywhere and all through my music, just spreading it through the universe because it’s my destiny. Wherever I’m supposed to be is where I’ll be but I plan on spreading my music all around the world, and the universe.
LoveThisTrack: Thank you so much for the interview with us today. What is your social media so people can reach out to you?
QUIÑ’S sophomore project, Dream Girl, will be out sometime this year.