Quinn XCII is Taking it ‘One Day at a Time’


Quinn XCII is Taking it ‘One Day at a Time’

by Nikole Tower


One minute the stage outside of Comerica Theater on the night of Viva PHX was nearly empty. The next minute a crowd of high school aged fans rush the platform, eager to get a glimpse of Quinn XCII’s set list. A few of the teens started chanting “Quinn” while the girl next to me gushed about how she couldn’t wait to hear “Kings of Summer.” He’s stayed under the radar for the most part, but Quinn XCII is no artist to ignore and his fans while echo that.

Coming out of the snowy depths of Michigan, Quinn XCII’s sound is a melting pot of various influences, the most prominent being Motown and rap. His songs have a laid back vibe to it through speakers or headphones, but the crowd went crazy every time a new track began. Sporting a yellow jacket and simple black hat, the artist entered and exited the stage to the sound of chest-rattling beats performed through drums and a keyboard. He was constantly interacting with the crowd, getting them to clap along or dance where they stood.

I got the chance to catch up with Quinn XCII after his set. His Viva PHX show marked the halfway mark on his One Day At A Time Tour. He’s been selling out venues all over the country and he even ventured into Canada earlier this month.

“Every show has been super high energy and tonight included,” he said. “Everyone’s having a good time and they know the lyrics. It’s really cool.”

Quinn XCII’s passion for music began as a hobby and something he did only on the side. It wasn’t until he was nearly done getting a degree in advertising that he realized he could make a career in the music industry. Things really took off when his song with ayokay, “Kings of Summer,” became one of the most streamed songs on Spotify with over 25 million streams last year.

“We just found out about it one day, looking on Spotify,” he said. “We were blind spotted by it. It was really exciting.”

It’s been a few days since the one-year anniversary of his sophomore EP “Bloom” and 2017 will bring even more music for this artist. After recently signing with Columbia Records, the first single off his fall album will be released on March 24 and he’ll be celebrating with a tour later this year. For more information on upcoming shows and music visit quinnxcii.com.

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