Loveway is very excited to announce that the release of QuinnLi's new album "Organic Mechanix" is set to drop on May 9th, 2014. The 9-track LP is QuinnLi's 2nd full-length release and will be available in its entirety for FREE download on his bandcamp page and streaming from his soundcloud.
Preview songs from album and read an interview with QuinnLi below!
We sat down with QuinnLi to talk about the album and get some insight about his creative process.
LW: What inspired the name Organic Mechanix?
QUINNLI: The name stems from my extreme fascination with balance and the understanding of opposites. I love it when two things that seem like they would never flow together are brought together to work in uniform. While talking about the human mind, organic is something that you cant work for, it kind of just happens and comes from within, while mechanical is something that requires persistence and perseverance. When talking about music, organic represents the earthly and natural sounds, while mechanical represents the electronics. These are all aspects that I like to try and combine.
LW: What are some of the lyrical themes of the songs?
QUINNLI: They all kind of have the same theme, and that is energy. When I write I try and allow myself to get out of the way and just channel a greater energy through the writing. I try an write as if its energy talking and not me, the energy that is within us all. The energy that views life through all eyes. That's why I try my best not to use the word "I" when writing, that way the listener could feel as though it's their own thoughts and not necessarily mine. I try to talk about what life is without using any defining statements because life will always change. Although, if a defining statement is made then I try to balance it out by saying what would typically contradict or be the opposite of what was just said, therefore not really making it a defining statement, and still remaining true, depending on whose view is viewing.
LW: Why did you choose to release the album for free?
QUINNLI: I wanted to release it with the option of being free because I want my music to reach as many ears as possible and if someone doesn't have the money to pay for it I don't want that to stop them from obtaining it. Also, I know what it's like to be broke and want good music on your iPod.
LW: Do any literary works inspire your writing?
QUINNLI: Oh yes, the "Tao Te Ching" probably has more influence on my lyrics than any other book. It reminds me there is a time and place for everything and everyone, to stay balanced, and not to come off as boastful or braggy. "The Last Days of Socrates" reminds me to stay true to myself and say what i really want to say, no matter if it might seem a bit off or out of sync with the common taste. "The Cloud of Unknowing" reminds me that life is beyond labels and definitions, so no matter how smooth my words might be, they'll never completely sum up what is going on in life, and that keeps me humble, 'cause it's easy to get big headed if you're good at something. I also like Dr. Suess in the sense that he sticks to the point and keeps it simple without skipping a beat on the rhymes, even if his point might be a little trippy. With that being said, some works of Terrence McKenna really inspire me to explore and embrace the mysterious truths of mind expanding trips. Dr. Masuru Emoto's books have reminded me of the power that words carry, therefore influencing me to keep it positive and no longer curse, because I used to curse quite often, but that's now a thing of the past. Buddhist text's have reminded me to be aware of my intentions, not just behind what I say but also with my actions in day to day life. The Bhagavad Gita and the Bible help me stay respectful and wise, not look down upon others, and just be full of love when writing. and when living.
LW: What kind of music have you been into recently?
QUINNLI: As of lately my go to's have been Ott, Shpongle, Infected Mushroom, Tipper, Sun Monx, Kalya Scintilla, Opiou, E.S. Posthumus, & Birds of Paradise. With a dash of Portishead, Desert Dwellers, MF Doom, Beats Antique, Beethoven, Saul Williams, Massive Attack, Blackalicious, and i Monster. I also really dig the vibe of Die Antwoord and M.I.A. Tool and Nine Inch Nails stay in my loop as well without getting old.
LW: What would you like people to get from your music?
QUINNLI: I just want it to up the vibe in anyway in whatever setting it is played. I understand that every person won't like it, but for those who do my dream is that it will help them in some way. Whether it be laughing, dancing, forgetting, remembering, or just being.