Quentin Moore: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
AAJ: What's the one piece of advice you'd give to a young person graduating high school and considering studying music in college?
QM: Definitely number one: get with someone older than you, someone who has more experience. Number two: study as many different styles of music as you can. Dig deep and dig deep early. One thing that I would have done differently would be to dig deep early, to find more styles of music. Open your mind; even if you're primarily into jazz, start studying rock or soul or reggae, because you never know what you'll end up liking. As a kid, I thought hip-hop and pop were going to do it for me. That's the reason why I started writing, but when jazz and gospel started coming heavy to me, I moved closer to the soul side. Broaden your range. Study. Get out and play. Improvising early on helped me, because when my time came I wasn't scared. I would do a lot of that at church and when I played with R&B bands, so that when I played jazz fusion it was no problem for me to come out and just play what was on my mind.
AAJ: Your YouTube video commercial jingle for Fat Ho' Burgers in Waco went viral. How did that come about?
QM: I'd noticed that a lot of people do YouTube. I wanted to do some YouTube videos with my soul, R&B, and jazz, use live instruments and cover trending topics, or take popular songs and "Quentin-ize" them, turn them into my style of music. Fat Ho' Burgers was a trending topic at that point in time. One personal tidbit about me: I love hamburgers, so much that sometimes I have to stay away from them. Some trending topics were a harder for me to do, but this one came right to me. And I love comedy, so I thought her whole idea behind the business was great. I know a lot of people didn't like it, they thought it was disrespectful, but I thought it was funny.
They have good burgers. We went down there on a leg of our tour in May and played three live shows for them. To be honest with you, we had Austin and Houston and Dallas on that leg, but those shows were the best. We probably had maybe twelve people therereal people who loved and appreciated usbut it was just great. She's still using that theme, and now she's looking to open up another location, possibly in Dallas. They were doing pretty good, last I heard.
AAJ: What are your current and future projects?
QM: The project that I'm finishing right now is "Quentinized" (Mixtape) and that's exactly what it is; a fusion of my core style, soul and R&B, that also features several different styles, almost too wide a range from jazz fusion to straight-ahead jazz to smooth jazz, reggae, Tejano, zydeco, second line jazz, and even a little bit of gospel. "Quentinized" (Mixtape) is a lot of unreleased material plus some jazz stuff that just didn't fit on the Vintage Love project. I'm stretching out a little bit more into jazz in the instrumentals on here. It's also going to feature some popular R&B covers. There will even be a little bit of comedy, so people can laugh a little and have a good time with it. It became available for download on July 15 , with a release party in Austin that night. There will be a download link on my website, as well as on all my social media sites, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, available for worldwide download. And it's available for free, which is another good reason to go get it.
I just want to give folks something until my next project, generate a little buzz about the range of my production and writing skills and presentation style. My goal is to get listeners in every type of audience to put at least one song on their iPod. I've been telling everybody who's been collaborating with me, that if you like every song on this project, then you are insane. Like me!
Quentin Moore, "Quentinized" (Mixtape) (Soulbol PRO, 2011)
Quentin Moore, Vintage Love (Soulbol PRO, 2009)
All Photos: Courtesy of Quentin Moore