QUIÑ Talks Signing to Interscope Records & Why Her 6lack Collab ‘Mushroom Chocolate’ Is ‘Magic’


Bay Area singer/songwriter QUIÑ has been strategically constructing her self-proclaimed "fantasy soul" soundscapes -- and Tuesday (Feb 12) has the potential to turn into a career-defining second. After the discharge of two profitable impartial initiatives, Galactica and DREAMGIRL, QUIÑ is unleashing the sensual earworm "Mushroom Chocolate" alongside 6lack her new Fantasy Soul imprint for Interscope Records.

The observe itself might verify the duo’s rumored romance, simply in time for Valentine's Day. "Mushroom Chocolate" charismatically blends the jazzy electronics QUIÑ is understood for over a clean R&B melody. And past the songstress' intimate calls for on wax, it's 6lack who makes the file's intentions clear: "Get you someone to fall in love with/ Get you someone to kiss and hug with."

Billboard caught up with QUIÑ to debate her forthcoming EP, LUCID, the “bizarre” story behind "Mushroom Chocolate," and the second she stepped into her energy artistically. Press play on the hypnotic collab and get to know the starlet in her phrases beneath.

Your most up-to-date music video, "REMIND ME," seems as a daydream. How does it really feel to see what you musically manifested coming true?

It looks like I'm actually being true to myself, and that's the final feeling. So I'm proud of how every thing goes.

Overall, do you are feeling the "REMIND ME" expertise represented development?

Growth? Yes! I'm an even bigger me than the final time folks noticed me. This undoubtedly represents my development. Also, it's one other little a part of me, you understand? There are so many elements that you'll get to see over time.

LUCID would be the third installment in your EP collection. How will this challenge differentiate out of your 2016 and 2017 choices?

LUCID is only a extra advanced me. The different two EPs is the large me making an attempt to collect myself alongside the best way. So that's the reason this challenge, LUCID, is comparable. Still, as a result of that huge me has gotten much more important over time, LUCID is only a compilation of various situations. I hold getting a bit of extra mature [with each body of work], in addition to conscious and extra in command of my dream.

[While recording] DREAMGIRL, I used to be type of aloof, and pondering that I knew issues. The universe has a manner of bringing you again to earth or resetting you. It was lovely. For me, DREAMGIRL was me dreaming about issues and touchdown in these locations.

[They were places] that I didn't essentially select to land. Still, I handled these landings. I believe with this EP, I realized that there was a method to study my classes gracefully, as a substitute of being so hard-core. LUCID is flowing with my experiences. So LUCID is the place I wish to be. It is the extra actual, loving and truthful model of what I believed I used to be experiencing beforehand. So that's that.

This forthcoming EP includes a single with 6LACK, which has an fascinating title. Please inform your followers the which means of “Mushroom Chocolate."

The one reality about that title is that it was the title of the beat. It was the title of the music earlier than I put something on it. [Laughs] It simply type of stayed that manner. Chuck Inglish produced it and named it. He mentioned the music was at all times that from day one to the tip.

So I believe it's enjoyable. Over time, it felt like what is supposed to be is meant to be. Yes, "Mushroom Chocolate" is the title. We are nonetheless on a journey determining what it means. The tune title can imply so many different various things. Each motive began to choose up like, "Oh!" [Laughs] The tune is consistently revealing the explanation why the title is "Mushroom Chocolate." There is not any different title it might ever be -- if that is smart.

What made the "Mushroom Chocolate" studio session particular?

Do you understand what made it particular? I used to be in Hawaii having an fascinating time. On the final day, Chuck, who's like my brother, known as me. He is like, "Yo, fam! What are you doing?" I instructed him, "I'm about to get on this airplane again house. I simply really feel so incomplete, bro. There is one thing I didn't do right here." He mentioned, "Come to Oahu, Hawaii." One of my greatest associates, Lily, was with me too. So I say, "OK, let's examine flights." Long story shorter -- we get to the airport, and someway, we get to Chuck.

Him being in Hawaii was the bizarre half about it. Anyway, I'm going over there, and we listened to the music. I mentioned, "Man! This is so cool." We simply had a second to loosen up and luxuriate in it out in Hawaii. That was my favourite second down on that journey.

When I got here house, I listened to each beat that he made in Hawaii, and freestyled to every of them. I'd play one [beat] after which I'd sing to that melody. Whatever got here out [was what I submitted]. I didn't wish to pay attention again or attempt one thing else. I left it at that.

I fell in love with all these tracks. So I got here again to the studio, a couple of weeks later, and mentioned, "Yo, what's up with these freestyles?" And, ["Mushroom Chocolate"] simply got here. The complete tune was already made, moreover 6lack's verse, clearly. That total starting verse was pure. The tune is absolutely how I used to be feeling on the time. So that was fairly dope.

[Chuck] instructed me, "You want 6lack on this one as a result of it's presupposed to be true." And it was nothing [to make it happen]. It was the simplest factor. So I believe the magic was Hawaii. Also, us all being on one tune collectively, it was such magic. Anyway, I'm excited to start out the brand new yr on this manner. Yeah!

Describe the second you signed with Interscope Records.

The second I signed to Interscope, I used to be on my method to play AFROPUNK [FEST in Brooklyn]. So, it was summer time. I signed on the airplane on the best way to New York in 2017. We have been plotting ever since. [Laughs]

What does the assist of a serious imply in your "fantasy soul" sound shifting ahead?

Well, it means I've assist. It means I used to be type of capable of begin my very own label, which is Fantasy Soul with Interscope. So I imply it's actually cool to have folks that may assist you a large number and belief your imaginative and prescient. They consider you finally. It is fairly cool. [Laughs]

Apart from musical development, you're a Wilhelmina Models signee. How has this new expertise enhanced your inventive course of total?

That is an efficient query. It has helped me notice that I'm doing, what I got here to do. I'm simply having enjoyable. Again, I'm comfortable. So that at all times retains you in that inventive house -- being proud of your self. [Laughs]

You mentioned LUCID is about "being born once more, and remembering who you're." What was the second you artistically stepped into your energy?

In life, I really feel like I stepped into my energy, totally, after I was 19. I moved to Oakland from the Valley. I took a break off of faculty after I was over there. For the very first time, I heard myself, converse to myself saying, "Yeah! This is the plan. Are you with it?" And, I felt like, "Damn, if I try this, I should beat up all these fears."

At that time, I used to be nonetheless terrified of consideration or singing for anybody, higher but, sharing my diary with anybody. I by no means noticed me [doing this]. I used to be actually shy. So I made a decision to beat up the fears and make a vow to myself. I'd simply should be uncomfortable for a second till I figured it out. The greater plan was to do that in an actual manner. I needed to get it collectively. And I did! That was the primary time I felt like I actually, actually stepped into my energy.

It was as a result of I used to be going by means of quite a bit on the time. I used to be capable of be within the rain for some time. And I felt like, "Well, wait a minute. This is sweet writing in entrance of me. So let's simply do that. I'm not about to waste this present." It doesn't make sense to be terrified of writing. I do know I can sing. That could be unhappy for me if I didn't use my present.

With this possession in thoughts and sharing, what's your message to the ladies in your fanbase?

Oh, man, there are such a lot of -- let's decide one. Give your self house to search out the voice that desires to get your consideration. Follow that voice. That is what will enable you to out.