In this new entry in our ‘Diamonds In The Rough’ category, we want to introduce you to upcoming artist Q. and his brand new EP titled stages.
stages. is based on the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Even though the singer-songwriter, producer doesn’t usually speak about his past or emotional pain, the music and lyrics tell a story of a young man who has gone through significant trauma in his life.
“This album means everything to me,” says the 24 year old. “I made the decision to keep going; to keep breathing. If my music can help someone else make the same decision, what more could I want from my music?“
For this heart-felt and thoughtful artist, his professional name – Quiet. – represents a state of being. “It’s who I strive to be as a person, internally, and externally,” he explains. “My brain and heart are always racing so I tell myself to be quiet and find peace.”
“Also, when things were really bad, I had to be quiet for a long time to figure out who I was and to redefine myself.”
This artist, who comes from a long line of singers and musicians, started his career in the music industry as a tracking engineer. By watching the experienced people he worked with, he taught himself how to write and produce music.
“During this entire time, I was recording stages.,” he says. “Every time I would learn something I could use, I incorporated it into my work.”
Even though Joey Bada$$ had profound personal influence on Quiet., he doesn’t define his music in any one genre: “I am not sure where the music comes from, but I get inspiration from random things like the sound of the garbage truck or being in a mosh pit or rain. I have a big voice and a unique way of expressing myself. I have an obligation to use them.”
Listen to the full project below: