Singer and songwriter, DeQn Sue brings to the forefront a striking talent of fusing unique pop sounds with funk and R&B. Her vocal ability is a driving force of strength and empowerment, bringing conscious lyrical embodiments into her catchy riffs. We chat to DeQn Sue about the meaning behind her latest single, her upcoming EP Snack and where it all began for her.
You just released 'Bloody Monster' ahead of your upcoming EP. Tell us about the inspiration behind the track.
I had an interesting living situation with a closet racist. She dropped the 'N' bomb on me when she got angry and instead of doing what most might - I wrote a song about her. It's my little purge.
You started singing from quite a young age, how did it all begin for you?
I sang in Church when I was little. I didn't have a choice back then. It's what my Mama and Pappy wanted, and it just so happened that I adored it and still do.
What would you say are your biggest musical influences?
It's a hard question for me. I'm inspired by all things, especially in every day life. A perfect day for me is sitting at a bus stop and watching people, their mannerisms, hearing one-sided phone conversations. So I guess the people and the constant change influences and inspires me.
You're set to drop Snack next month. What can we anticipate for the release of the EP?
Kevin Wooten (my producer and right hand) and I had a lot of fun with this one. We love creating and wanted to put something together in between albums and I love the content that came from out brainwaves.
You also featured at a Sofar Sounds gig in Nashville. How was the experience?
I was indeed and Sofar was awesome. It's such a super cool experience to be able to play in such an intimate setting with people who are truly attentive. Thank you again to Sofar for the opportunity. I had a blast!
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
3000. He's honest and true to his art and you can feel that energy when you listen to his music. I aspire to do just that. I hope people can feel my energy when they listen to what I have to say.
Any other project we can expect from you in the near future?
Snack is the brainchild right now, and it's getting all of my energy. I do have some really cool things in the works that I can't fully disclose at the moment, but I'm super excited for the coming months.
What moves you?
Life. Beautiful things. Beautiful places. Beautiful people.