I recently caught up with Detroit rapper Que9, check out the interview below.
Q: How did you get started in music?
A: Being in my family’s studio at a very young age encouraged me to take music serious and at the age of 8 I recorded my first demo CD.
Q: Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
A: I always reacted to music videos and music on the radio, when I saw Lil Wayne and 50 Cent at a young age I enjoyed their music the most and would imitate them. As I got older, I started to love the more lyrical artist such as Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper.
Q: Detroit is known for some very big artists, Eminem and Big Sean most notably, what is the city like in terms coming through as an artist?
A: As a new artist breaking through in Detroit, it can appear clicked up, if there are any plugs in the music game in Detroit but you’re not in the ‘click’ you’re left out of opportunities. You have to have a strong team and use your social media platforms to create opportunities to make a name for yourself.
Q: Being so young in the industry what challenges have you had to face so far?
A: Challenges I faced in the industry is not being taken serious, as far as radio plays and opening up for artist that comes to Detroit. My audience loves and supports me no doubt and my team creates events so that I am able to interact with them as much possible. But as far as promoters in the city, they will book an adult rapper for a school event, etc; instead of a kid/teen rapper that will appeal more to the audience.
Q: How would you describe your music to new listeners?
A: My music is age appropriate, fun for all ages, trendy, and lyrics not just hooks.
Q: You’ve had a lot success already at such a young age, how has the reception to the music made you feel?
A: I love my supporters; they motivate me to continue delivering music and it’s because of them for all the success I have had.
Q: Which song has been the most fun to create for you?
A: Facetime, which was my biggest record, was the most fun song that I have created. The visual was lit and filmed in Orlando, which is where I recorded and I love performing it.
Q: What can fans expect from you in the next year or so?
A: In the next year or so, I plan to release my 2nd Album, continued visuals, more performances, and hopefully me debuting on the ‘big screen’.
Check out his biggest record ‘Facetime’ below.