1. DAVE: How would you describe your sound of music?
QUE: I would describe my sound of music as conscious R&B soul.
2. What is the message you wish to convey with your songs?
I want people to be inspired to take on any obstacles that life has thrown them by tapping into their own inner God potential. Also my music is about complete self acceptance, and spiritual awakening, especially for black gay men. I think straight people have held this very flawed assumption that gay people can not be divine, or can’t be seen as holy beings. I want to change that.
3. Who inspires you as a black gay young male artist?
As a young black gay male artist, I am mostly inspired by myself because I don’t see anyone in this industry really doing what I’m trying to do or bring to the table. But I must say that I am a big fan of Beyonce, as well as inspired by her artistry, and work ethic. Just like she inspires, uplifts, and empowers women, I want to do the same for gay men.
4. When did you first know you wanted to sing, dance and entertain?
I’ve always been very passionate about music, and performing arts since childhood, growing up singing in the church choir, and praise teams. However It wasn’t until recently that I gained the confidence to actually pursue a career in music. I would always hear that openly gay men could not be successful in the music industry. So I would say in my mid-twenties I realized that I was sleeping on myself, and sabotaging my talents, when I saw other queer artists of color shattering those flawed perceptions, which leveled up my confidence.
5. What inspired your new EP Days in the Midwest?
My mixtape “Days In The Midwest 🌵” is a window to my heart and soul. It tells the story from start to finish about my experiences growing up as a gay black male in the Midwest, trying to survive in an environment where I don’t feel supported, finding happiness, and manifesting my dreams. Aside from my sexuality, I wanted to pay tribute to my childhood, and growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s also inspired by 90’s music which I grew up on, became influenced by, and has inspired my sound, and direction as an artist.
6. What kind of impact do you hope your music makes on our culture ?
I want to leave my mark on the culture in a spiritual way, and I hope that my music will help other black gay men rediscover their own spirituality and strength when they don’t always feel important to their communities. I also want them to know that they are not alone.
1. SUMMER SELFIE
Our culture is going crazy about selfies and the right lighting to take them in. Many different inventions have surfaced to help with this dilemma, including the popular LuMee case endorsed by Kim Kardashian, but we are in love with the Ty-Lite. Created by the pop culture, fashion forward director for all things Beyoncé, Ty Hunter. Some of the most popular people in the world have taken a liking to Mr. Hunter's protective light up phone case. Ty-Lites go for $79.99, and can be purchased on Ty-Lite.com for iPhone 5s and up. Keep your eyes open for Ty-Lite cases that'll fit the Samsung Galaxy S6 coming soon as well!
2. SHORT SHORTS
This summer show your ass...literally! We love swim shorts that show off the beauty of the male thigh amongst other ass-ets (pun intended). Here are some brands we love that’ll make anyone’s beach day brighter:
3-5. THREE OUT RAPPERS TO FOLLOW
3. VON TAE’
Deemed “The new voice in pop culture” by Rolling Out Magazine and featured on MTV, Hip Hop artist Von Tae' will continue to make his musical imprint known this Summer ’16. Coming from a musically inclined family lineage, Von Tae’ is surely no stranger to the music scene. In fact, Von Tae’s talent is so raw, his 2015 mixtape #VONTAETAKEOVER (Vol. 1) garnered over 15,000 streams & downloads, with 20,000+ streams and downloads being on it's biggest featured remix to Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s "Feeling Myself”.
With his latest single, “ How I Do That,” available for digital download and streaming on iTunes and SoundCloud, Von Tae’ is already putting his best foot forward this year. Make sure to be on the lookout for his next EP, 20 Minutes Past Late! Available now on iTunes and streaming on all digital music outlets. iTunes -- http://apple.co/1Ls7xQW
Based out of Virginia, Wesley is a self-taught 23 year old singer/songwriter that has open his own doors to consistently produce and create music that "pushes the boundaries of what music should be.” Spending countless hours in and out of studios perfecting his craft has bought Wesley much success in his near future.
Growing up at an early age, Wesley always enjoyed singing and had a big passion for music. But his professional career didn’t begin until the age of 19. Silky melodies, soft sexy backgrounds and powerful leads would be the best way to describe the unique singer. Wesley has a graceful and soulful sound of R&B infused Pop with elements of alternative sounds.
On February 4th, 2016, his buzz single “Crazy4u” was digitally released on all major formats. With such an overwhelming and amazing response to his music, Wesley is back in the studio working on more music coming later this year. He seems to be Virginia’s “next big thing” and just might be what the music industry is missing! contact info: itswesley.com
5. MELLI B
Hailing from New York, Hip Hop artist Melli B will be heating up the sound waves and serving fire bars for the summer! An alum of the prestigious School of the Arts (SOTA) in Rochester, Melli B has worked as a music producer and songwriter for his own projects. Now, you can find him not only behind the scenes, but also in front of the mic as well.
Melli B brings the noise with his current release, “SHORTY,” which can definitely be the single fellas anthem of the summer! For more Melli B, you can also find his debut single, “IG” featuring Davi Akei, on all digital platforms including Apple Music, Google Play, and Tidal. Instagram: @Love_MelliB
6. Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash
Need a place to celebrate Taco Tuesday on any given day this summer? We’ve got you covered. Chef Brian Washington-Palmer, creator and owner of LGBT friendly spots No Parking, Natives and La Bodega 47, now reinvents his space on 118th and Lenox Ave as the all new Sexy Taco Dirty Cash. Bringing the vibrance of San Francisco to the middle of Harlem, this will be the go to spot for summer happy hours, brunches, and more.