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.