I rarely leave performances so impressed that I tell all my friends, but after seeing Quincy Vidal, you almost have to spread the head-bopping joy. The Musical duo is determined to bring back 90s R&B and Hip-Hop, and is making a significant impact by “taking ears,” all over NYC, and soon possibly the world, as they are top ten in a Grammys performance competition. With the release of their new video “Pillow,” produced by Nick Von Gremp and premiered today by Vibe.com, they showcase what it means to make music that has been missing since an era we all loved so much. Quincy Vidal answered a few questions just for Style&Air, get to know Le’Asha and CE here, as well as watch "Pillow" their music video, Enjoy xxx
Style&Air.com is centrally based around fashion, has the fashion in any way influenced your music?
Le'Asha: Fashion influences my live performance. It gives me a certain attitude and that automatically allows me to connect with the audience in a confident way. Which in turn allows my flow to come out different. My live performance is always different than the recordings.
CE: We've always been compared to those classic 90's hip hop groups and I personally think that it's not only our music that gives people that vibe. It's our style as well, our demeanor. We sort of exude that boom bap feel through how we dress in videos, at performances, and in life. And like Le said, it gives us a certain confidence that allows us to deliver in a specific way. We embrace that comparison, because that's what we love. The fashion aspect as well as the music aspect.
Dream collaboration dead or alive who would it be with?
Le'Asha: J Dilla
CE: Le said my number 1. So I'll say Erykah Badu. These questions are always so damn difficult to answer.
How did you two meet?
We met as freshman at Purchase College in 2008. We were both students in the Acting Conservatory there. Freshman actors at Purchase have to work costume crew for the upper classman productions, and we were assigned to the same production. That's when we came up with the idea for QV, and as result became really good friends. We started working on our first album a little over a year later...in a dingy ass apartment in Clinton Hill.
You said money is second to “the ears you get to listen to your music”, what can we anticipate with the release of the new album in terms of performances? Will you be going on the road?
This new project is something pretty different. We've had a certain formula with our first two albums, and it's pretty safe to say that this is a break from that formula. It's a double album, in the style of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which means our performances are gonna be pretty unique for the next few months. We'll do cuts from each side, but it won't be like Le goes, and then CE goes, and then Le goes, etc. etc. We're a group, so whenever one of us does one our own cuts, the other will be right there making sure the audience gets the full QV experience. And of course we'll still be doing crowd favorites like 123, Tired As Shit, Pillow...all that.
As far as the road, we've considered it. We desire it badly. Our biggest setback however, is the ends. As soon as we feel that we can financially handle a tour, best believe we're gonna make that happen. That's high up on our list of things to do.
What’s the first thing you would do after receiving the call that you are performing at the Grammys?
Le:Asha: First thing after we get the call, I'll call my mama and we'll scream together.
CE: Same here. I dunno about the screaming part though...my mom would probably scream...I'd be in shock. Then we'd go get beers and celebrate like shit.
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