Visonary Music Group artist QuESt has released several singles in the past month in order to gear up for the release of his new album, Searching Sylvan, due out September 2nd. I recently got the great opportunity to speak with the VMG artist in this exclusive interview with UHTN! QuESt talks about working with producer 6ix, the recent events in Ferguson, battle rap, WWE, his new album, and more. QuESt will also be performing in Columbus, OH on September 10th so grab your tickets here and check out the exclusive interview below!
UHTN: First of all, how did you link up with Visionary Music Group?
QuESt: It was kind of like a natural progression. My manager at the time knew Logic and I had a meeting at Atlantic at one point. Logic reached out to me via Twitter around 2011 and I had heard of his music. In 2012 I did the VMG tour and the next year I was the opening act for the Welcome To Forever tour. It was a natural progression and then I officially became a part of Visionary Music Group.
UHTN: If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only take three albums with you, what would you pick?
QuESt: Late Registration, Reasonable Doubt, and Coldplay’s X&Y.
UHTN: What’s it like working with VMG producer 6ix? He’s produced all of your singles correct?
QuESt: Yes he has. 6ix and I really kicked it off. I think what’s dope is that he works fast and on top of that, we don’t really control each other in the studio. I go in and do my thing, and he goes into the studio and does his thing. We feed off of each other’s energy really well.
UHTN: How many tracks are going to appear on your upcoming album Searching Sylvan and what can people expect from the project?
QuESt: There are seventeen tracks on the album, that’s including three interludes. The vibe of the album is very story driven. The singles have been tidbits for people to gravitate towards regardless if they have been QuESt fans or not. Every song is going to bleed into the next record. You can press play on the album and go into another world.
UHTN: Going to a more serious side, what are your thoughts on the current happenings in Ferguson, MI?
QuESt: I’m not one to get too involved in these kind of things but Ferguson hit me on a personal. Mike Brown was shot and he’s only eighteen and my brothers are fifteen and eighteen years old. I come from Miami FL and it’s a very violent city contrary to popular belief. I’ve lost close friends and family members to gun violence. I talk about that on the album too. Circling this back to Ferguson, it always hits home when there are police officials that are there to serve and protect us as individuals and they’re murdering innocent people. I think the Mike Brown situation hit me hard because he’s around the same age as my brothers. That could have easily been me and I could have been crossing the street or one of my homie’s lives.
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September 23rd marks the release date for Luke James’ self-titled debut project being released via N.A.R.S./Island Records. The project will feature appearances from Rick Ross with production done by Salaam Remi, Danja, Kadis & Sean, Luke himself & The Alliance. Tracklisting, below!
1. “Love XYZ”
2. “Dancing in the Dark”
3. “Don’t Do It” (Interlude)
5. “The Run”
6. “Glass House”
7. “Exit Wounds”
8. “TimeX” (Interlude)
9. “Options” feat. Rick Ross
10. “Insane / Bombin’ Out” (Interlude)
11. “I Want You”
13. “Make Love to Me”
14. “Options” (WolfJames Version)
15. “Stay With Me”
*Tracks 1, 5, 7, 8, 10 produced by Danja
*Tracks 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 14 produced by The Alliance
*Track 11 produced by Kadis & Sean
*Track 13 produced by Salaam Remi
*Tracks 3, 15 produced by Luke James
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