Music Examiner interviewed Young Quik aka Erwin Alex Gentle a dedicated rap artist originally from Belize but now resides in Southern California live on the new radio show the Los Angeles Renaissance Show. For all the true hip hop fans if you are not familiar with Young Quik here is your opportunity to claim that you helped launch his career by supporting him from the early stages of his career.
The 411 on Young Quik is that he began rapping at the early age of 16 years and is soon going to release his new mix tape Quik State of Mind which contains tracks like “Oh Girl”, “I’m Hot”, and “Same Shit Different Day”. Read along in this personal interview to get raw information from Young Quik that is straight forward, honest, and direct.
This condensed Q&A contains information on Young Quik’s motivation, what he is focused on, his views on life, and lessons he learned by being involved in the music industry. This interview includes information by Young Quik that most fans have not heard him mention before like his social life and some of his personal experiences like dealing with a Twitter hacker. Follow along to find out about Young Quik’s music and interests. Check it out here:
pingroof.com: How did you get your stage name? Did you make it up on your own or did someone give it to you?
Young Quik: That name was actually given to me by DJ Quik. Which everyone knows he is a rap legend. The name kind of grew on me. He just kind of put his touches on it for me. I’ve had the name since I was like 12 or 13.
pingroof.com: I read that you were born in Belize. Do you happen to speak Spanish?
Young Quik: No. I don’t have the desire to. But it is always good to be bilingual.
pingroof.com: What is your favorite part about being in music is it the girls, making the videos, hearing your lyrics on the radio?
Young Quik: It has to with a little bit of everything. Writing the music, recording the music, hearing the sound of the music, making videos, and photo shoots. It is all fun. But of course it also has its pros and cons too such as dealing with some people that are not professional. It has its ups and downs. It has its moments when I feel like why do I even bother with it? But I can’t sit here and say I have any serious complaints about it. It is still fun.
pingroof.com: What drives you? What motivates you to continue to make music? Is it because you want to sell albums, meeting new people? Going on tour?
Young Quik: It has nothing to do with selling albums. Album sales are not what they use to be like back in the 90’s when it was easier to do. It honestly has to do with making music and seeing you as an artist go forward. Doing shows and seeing the crowd’s reaction that is the fun part about it. That is the part that you are always anxious for.
pingroof.com: I watched some of your performances and shows and it looks like you get really hyped up for them.
Young Quik: Yes, indeed I have a song called “I’m Hot” I do that one last because that song requires a lot of energy. And if I did that song like as soon as I started performing you would see a decrease in my energy level. That is why I always do that song last so that I can go crazy last. Like I said that song requires a lot of energy.
pingroof.com: Since you started making music what are some of the lessons that you have learned?
Young Quik: Not to trust certain people. But what I learned about the music industry is that it is 90 percent promotion and 10 percent talent. Also if you have people really pushing you and promoting for you, you’re going to be successful at the end of the day. That is how people hear about you through promotion. One thing that I have definitely learned is that you can’t trust people as far as you can see them. I had to remove a couple of people from songs. It started off as a business issue but like I tell some people business can become real personal at the end of the day. Some people do bad business and then want to turn around and say this and that. I just felt the need to remove some people. They had to go. I can’t deal with some people and their nonsense. So you definitely got to watch who you trust. You have to be careful of who you associate with. Your crowd says a lot about you. You’re in the public eye so your image is everything.
Examiner.com: Speaking of you have a new manager right?
Young Quik: Yes, Xavier Madera. He is really big on the promotion side. He does what my other last two mangers should have done like running Facebook, the blog sites, running promotions, and chat rooms. He does that. Some people don’t understand that if you’re a manager you’re that third person that anyone that approaches an artist as far as business should contact first. If they can get directly to an artist then why are you a manager? That is just my intake on the whole situation. As far as Xavier goes I like his work ethic. This is the beginning stages so it is going to take time to build the brand and you know getting established. I had a twitter account and had 50,000 followers no lie. Someone hacked the account and they knew of me and didn’t like me for whatever particular reason. They were adding some of the artists that I follow. They were saying some crazy off the wall stuff. Ever since then it was hard to grind with the 50,000 followers. I got another Twitter account and I was like I’m not going to grind for another 50,000 followers. Whomever hacked that account they really didn’t like me. I’m sure everyone is familiar with YG. They added YG from my Twitter account and they said “How did you have sex with all of these types of girls and you haven’t caught anything?” Whoever did that didn’t like me for whatever reason.
pingroof.com: It sounds like someone who just hacks accounts. Some hackers go into accounts and purposely say some insane off the wall stuff for no reason. So I don’t know if it is someone who necessarily knows you.
Young Quik: You’re right it could have just been anyone who hacks accounts it wasn’t like they said anything personal. But whoever did it they did it the smart way. You know when someone changes your password you can usually click the link to change your password. I got an e-mail saying that my e-mail address had been changed to my Twitter account. They changed my e-mail that is why I couldn’t even access it. So I’m kind of tired of the Twitter thing. Whoever has time to hack an account has no life. Facebook is dying out and so is Twitter. Instagram is in.
pingroof.com: What artist would you be excited about doing collaboration with?
Young Quik: Like signed artist that have a name right now. Big Sean is dope to me. Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hussel. Sounds kind of shallow because all I’m saying is west coast artists. I think unsigned talent artists are the best talent right now. You feel their charisma and passion as an artist.
pingroof.com: I’ve been watching some of your videos and you have a lot of supports they say you are dedicated to your music and that you are about your business. Most people in their 20’s are out clubbing. What is a day like in your life? Do you ever go out to clubs?
Young Quik: I don’t really like the clubs as far as my background history, who am I am connected to, who I know is family, and who is not. I kind of outgrew the club scene at an early age. At 16 or 17 I was already going to clubs so by the time I was 21 I was already burnt out and exhausted on that scene. I’m about to turn 25 next month. It is very rare that you’ll find me in a club. I rather go bowling. There are other extracurricular activities besides clubbing. Whether it is guys and girls that are at the clubs every week it is kind of pathetic to me. Same club, same people, same music, it is all the same. They charge $250.00 for a bottle of Ciroc when I can go to the store and get a bottle for $25.99. If I do go to a club it will not be for long. I rather throw a lingerie sleep over party with some girls. And another thing it is not really safe to go to clubs. You have to worry about the aftermath if a fight is going to happen. Another reason I don’t like to go there is because once I went to a club paid to get in, 20-30 minutes later a fight breaks out. They want to shut down the club and they don’t want to give you back your money. I’ll go to a pool party. Even for my birthday we’re going to Vegas. I highly doubt I’ll club like that. We’ll probably rent some jet skis and BBQ. I really don’t care to go to clubs anymore. Plus I have two kids now I don’t care about that life no more.
pingroof.com: It seems like you already got a great amount of supporters for being a new artist. Who are these people? Where are they coming from?
Young Quik: From me being a blunt and outspoken person. People hit me up on Facebook saying that they go on Facebook just to read my statuses. I would say a lot of them are generated from Facebook. Facebook era is where I started to take music more serious.
pingroof.com: You have a lot of style in fashion. Does anyone help you choose your gear? Have you ever thought about modeling or becoming an actor?
Young Quik: Acting maybe. First the music career has to take off before we get to acting. I hate the model image. It is cool. But then people start trying to question you. Is he a model, a rapper, or an R&B singer? Some of the things they try to put on me gives me that model or R&B look. I try to stay away from that at all times. A wardrobe stylist picks the clothes out. We just take it from there. They got good taste. There was some things that I didn’t want to wear but, I did it to try it out.
pingroof.com: When you think of your music whom do you visualize it reaching? Is it people in clubs, on the radio, college parties, or concerts benefiting victims of natural disasters?
Young Quik: Certain songs that I wrote I would perform and some I wouldn’t perform. As an artist you should know what songs are acceptable to perform and which ones are not. I do it for all the above to be honest with you.
pingroof.com: I noticed that a lot of artists have stepped out of the genre of music that they originally came into the industry with like they go from rapping to singing R&B? Would you consider taking voice lessons and singing?
Young Quik: Naw, I be looking at vocalist and how they record. Their job is harder than a rapper. They write a bridge and hooks. They have to hit notes and riffs. I don’t want to even produce and make beats. I stick to one field and that is it.
pingroof.com: Have you done any concerts out of the country yet? If not which country or location would you like to go to?
Young Quik: Not yet. Out of state of course. Actually one producer is trying to get me out to Germany because he produced “Enemy” for me. When he first sent the beat the vocalist described the song as a sexual song. I thought we should do the song differently so I came up with a different concept. It is like when you are in a relationship you do so much for them and they do so little for you then you become enemies once the relationship is over. He heard the song and he really liked it. I really like it. With this mix tape I felt like I took it to another level. It is not to sound arrogant or to put other artists down. I think this mix tape is going to outshine a lot of artists because I took my time with it and when you take your time with something that creates perfection which leads to greatness. It was supposed to come out last year but we had a few minor setbacks. I was pissed off about it or whatever because we did the promo video with the release date on it but other than that I think it is going to do real good if it is promoted right. This could be the mix tape where people say “wow, this his first mix tape and look where it took him.” That is if it is promoted right. Just listen to me. I don’t give a shit if you break your lead down to my mix tape. Here is my Facebook; here is my Twitter, just listen to me. Follow me and hit me up. I’m not really here for the money and the fame. I just want people to feel me and hear me. This tape is going to be dope.
pingroof.com: You performed in Vegas for Spring Break? What are your thoughts about concerts in Vegas?
Young Quik: Concerts in Vegas are fun. Vegas on spring break is fun. There was a lot of girls walking around half-naked for the MTV event. It was a good experience more than anything. I had fun. It is something definitely I would do again. That would be in my top three shows. I had fun. Their marketing strategy is a little different than Hollywood. It is a little harder to book out there.
pingroof.com: I’m listening to your songs “Same Shit” and” I’m Hot” and in these songs you can really feel your energy in them which is important in music. How do you continue to deliver and basically be consistent with this same energy in your projects?
Young Quik: Alcohol I don’t know anyone who can make music without alcohol. I don’t know anyone who does music sober.
pingroof.com: What is next on your agenda is it a show, release party, or continue to produce more music?
Young Quik: Just focus on mix tape. Getting that all the way completed.
pingroof.com: When can we expect the mix tape to be released?
Young Quik: September 25, 2012.
pingroof.com: Out of curiosity what is your favorite movie?
Young Quik: I can’t tell you the actual name of a particular favorite movie. But the genres I like are comedy and horror. I like Law Abiding Citizen and all the ghetto movies are cool too. The underground ones be cool too.
To hear the entire radio interview session with additional details you can go here.
Music fans to get the latest information on Young Quik’s music, tours, and events go to:
https://www.facebook.com/teamyoungquik, or http://www.reverbnation.com/quikgentle.
To contact Young Quik’s manager, Xavier Madera you can email Xavier Madera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view pictures of Young Quik plus watch the “ Young Quik-State of Mind EPK” look at this Slideshow and Video located on the left hand side of this article.
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