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Quinn XCII at the Fillmore, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Quinn XCII has firmly planted his flag as a next big thing out of Detroit.

During the past four years the Grosse Pointe-raised singer, writer, rapper and performer (real name Mikael Temrowski) has released a pair of major label albums, including last month's "From Michigan With Love," in addition to four independent EP. He's collaborated with artists such as Jon Bellion and fellow Detroiter Yoshi Flower, and Quinn, who now resides in Los Angeles, has made guest appearances on songs by Illenium, Chelsey Cutler, Ayokay and others.

"From Michigan With Love" is Quinn's broadest and most diverse set yet, and thanks to singles such as "Werewolf," "Tough" and "Life Must Go On," it's also turned him into a headliner, with a strong buzz and a measurably growing fan base...

Quinn, 26 -- a Grosse Pointe High School and Michigan State University graduate -- says his family's love of music helped inspire his interest in making it. "My parents were just fans of music. None of my family played music growing up, or sang or, for that matter, was that creative for the most part. I was kind of like the oddball out as far as someone who took writing seriously and started writing my own music. But music was always playing in the house. My parents loved to throw parties, and still do."

The variety of music he heard growing up also impacted significantly on Quinn's own sound. "When I was a kid I would hear all this music being played -- Motown, Michael Jackson, Temptations all the way to the Dave Matthews Band and the Rolling Stones, a really eclectic mix of stuff. I was raised on so much different type of stuff it's so evident why I make what I make -- soulful, melodic type of stuff. I always want to write something that's catchy and melodically pleasing."

Quinn feels that his stylistic range is helping to bring a similarly broad audience to his shows. "It's such an eclectic mix of people. I see a mix of so many ethnicities, and you can see full-on adults coming to the shows -- not even with their kids." And Quinn freely acknowledges it's not what he expected. "I never intended on being an artist that appeals to everybody. I just wanted to put (the music) out there and see who's into it. I'm really surprised every day about who's listening to it, but as an artist that's the best thing, if you're appealing to everybody and not just an X, Y or Z demographic."

Lyrically, "From Michigan with Love" was inspired by Quinn's own battles with anxiety and depression, which led to personal and revealing songs that he is nevertheless comfortable putting out. "I'm fortunate to get so many messages from people saying how much the music helps them. I'm just pushing mental health and that narrative more, and hopefully that will empower people and encourage them to acknowledge some of the stuff they're going through and hopefully speak up and get help if they need to. I wanted to share a message of, 'Look, you can get through tough times and you can be proactive about stuff you're doing through -- whatever you're going through."

Quinn has lived in Los Angeles for three years now and finds it to be "a really good environment," but he adds that "I travel so much I don't feel like I have a home, sometimes. Michigan is my home town, obviously." But coming back home presents challenges to somebody who's been away from winter for a few years. "Oh, it's terrible. My family gives me so much crap. When you're a kid in Michigan you wear shorts in 20-degree weather. Now I come back all bundled up and my friends are wearing T-shirts, telling me, 'You've gone soft!' But it is refreshing to come back to Michigan and feel the cold and stuff, 'cause it's not like that in L.A. But I'm not stuck in Michigan, either. I've got options. (laughs)"

Quinn XCII, Ashe and Christian French perform Friday, March 15, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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