We first heard about Quadroon, the young rising artist from Long Beach, when he released his single, “Best of the Worst.” The track was a great song to be introduced and we could instantly tell he has potential and was on the right track to pursue this rap game. Now we got to know Quadroon more in depth in our recent interview. We discussed how he discovered his love for hip hop, what’s next for him and some valuable lessons he has learned while being independent.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Born in Long Beach California, lived in Pasadena for the first ten years of my life before moving to New York for the last eight. However, I have now come out to Santa Cruz for school (UCSC). I am philosophy major and electronic music minor. An openly expressive, somewhat stubborn but defined individual, I consider myself a unique human. Inspired by many early alternative rock influences(The Killers, The Strokes, Sublime, Wolf Parade) and old school political hip hop (The Roots, Public Enemy, N.W.A.) many of which were exposed to me through my parents music interests.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as soul hip hop. I really don’t like the idea of nailing any piece of sound, or for matter work of art, to a particular category, but there is no denying the connection. I truly believe the most in having passionately relatable and relevant music to the world we live in today.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
Creating this track was a great experience, and one that actually took place over the course of a few months. The producer Forrest is a fellow banana slug at UCSC and we have made a few tracks(this being our second officially released). We really get well along, and were actually friends before we even knew of each other’s musical abilities, so I always have felt like our chemistry was very natural. He made the first loops of the beat in November, and then with the interruption of thanksgiving and winter break, we got the track out Jan 22.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
I am currently working on a few projects, my first official album “Only” and a few other projects with other fellows artists on the UCSC campus. I’m consistently thinking, living, breathing, reading, listening to and working on music at all times.
I will also be opening up for the Weekend at the SAP center in San Jose, Ca on April 28th, an incredible experience and opportunity, so Im super excited for that.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Recording in Lounge Studios in NYC(overlooking times square!) or Performing at my largest gig in queens at a small joint called Blackthorn 51.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
I always forget someone when I answer this question though…
Name something random that people do not know about you.
I was All State as a pitcher and outfielder my Junior year for my Varsity baseball team.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Perserverance is everything, and all grades are subjective. You don’t get ahead in this game purely by being “better”, “doper”, or more talented. The depth is far beyond ability, into management, promotion and even more. It’s all about separating yourself from the mass in a way that in unexpected, but not so strange as to where it is not received.
You can’t do it ALL on your OWN.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More live performances across the west coast of the country
Debut Album this Year
More Visual content(music videos, freestyles, interviews, etc.)
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Quadroon means one fourth African descent, a word created by Thomas Jefferson to keep track of the bloodline for slaves.