Author: Allie Fitzwater
To get the crowd excited for Quinn XCII last Thursday night, High Noon Saloon presented Kolaj, an electronic/dance group. Kolaj spread upbeat vibes and electric sounds making many bodies move to the beat.
Yet when the up and coming indie-pop artist, Quinn XCII, came on stage with his Hawaiian button down t-shirt and casual jeans, the crowd ignited – sending roars throughout the venue. The crowd stayed energetic throughout the entire set, not just for his most popular songs. One of my favorite parts of the night was seeing everyone get into his song, “New Wave”, which he surprisingly remixed with “Riptide” by Vance Joy. In addition, the audience sang along to, “Kings of Summer”, “FFYL”, “Good Friend”, “Another Day in Paradise” and many more.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Quinn XCII has always had a fueled passion for music. Inspired by Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Sam Cooke, Quinn creates a bridge between these influential rap, hip-hop and soul artists and a sound my generation adores – indie and electric vibes. His voice at High Noon Saloon was phenomenal and natural – something that many performers fail to replicate in this day and age. It was truly inspiring to see such talent in a solo artist, only accompanied by two drummers.
By the end of the night, he had portrayed his down to earth personality, which allowed him to relate and connect with a diverse crowd of listeners. Quinn XCII continually praised those who have helped him on his musical journey as well as the audience for the opportunity to perform at such a unique venue. I don’t think he’s recognized how far he has come, and it will be exciting to see how much further he will go.