By Frank Bell
His new track ‘Sober’, out now via DeepMatter Records, offers a personal perspective on the complex discussion surrounding sexual assault and consent.
Quinn explains: “We are finally seeing more open discussion around sexual assault and violence against women in the wake of the #metoo movement. I’ve been seeing it spoken about on social media and the news more and more, and I wanted to write a song to contribute to this dialogue. In particular, I wanted to bring up one aspect of it that I feel has been largely ignored, which is when sexual assault happens within a friendship group.”
He adds: “It seems to me that when sexual assault happens within a friendship group, men are given the benefit of the doubt, whereas women’s experiences are questioned or ignored. This often leads to women feeling isolated and alone. This is really frustrating, given that the majority of sexual assaults happen between people that know each other. I want to express full solidarity with women who have experienced this, and hope that this song encourages people to be receptive to those who ask them for support.”
The South-London musician reveals his Top 5 Influences
Solid Air – John Martyn
This album was present throughout my entire childhood and has seeped into everything I make in some way. Incredible songwriting, and so much personality in his vocal performance.
Before the Dark – Genevieve Artadi
Genevieve is an incredible musician and writer. Her melodies are really unique, and the honesty in her writing is refreshing. Spending time with her gave me the confidence to start writing songs and use my voice in my music.
Forth and Back – Slum Village
Throughout my teenage years, like most producers I was obsessed with the way J Dilla made simple things feel so good. My music doesn’t exactly scream J Dilla, but he made me realise the importance of imperfections in making music feel organic and alive.
Crying – Bjork
‘Debut’ is such a diverse and playful album. I admire her transparently creative approach to music-making. She is an unbelievably talented producer, let alone her songwriting – one of the best ever.
Bullet In The Head – Rage Against The Machine
I grew up on this music. Such a unique combination of influences, and no one comes close to Zack De La Rocha’s vocal delivery. They made me realize how people can fight for real change through their music. I’m starting to see more and more of Rage’s influence in my own work.