We recently had an interesting chat with Quentin McFadden, widely known as Quentin Hiatus, whose interesting music runs parallel to the more than one exciting publishing activity, performed through his own imprint Free Love Digi, one of the most futuristic D’n’B labels in the US, at the moment. I would put him in “Next Big Thing” folder, as he has released so many incredible tunes! Check out his tunes and his words, right here!
Chain D.L.K.: Hi Quentin. How are you?
Quentin Hiatus: I’m well, man; pretty hungry, at the moment. I’ll need to eat lunch very soon.
Chain D.L.K.: Could you introduce yourself (or should I rather say, the myth of Quentin Hiatus) to our readers? Have you ever spoken to Greek Gods or Alien Monsters? You’re born in Mars, USA, according to your bio. Was it annexed by the Yankees back then? 🙂
Quentin Hiatus: Haha. My real name is Quentin McFadden. I’m a full time father, husband and career man. Music is a massive part of my life. I’m just a regular dude, plus my amazing goddess of a wife. Love you girl 🙂
Chain D.L.K.: If I remember well, your first vinyl release was under the label IM:Ltd. Was it just a flirt with French labels?
Quentin Hiatus: Hehe. Yes, my first vinyl release was with IM:ltd a label run by my long time counterpart Bastien. He and I had other releases planned out, but they’ve not come to market yet. I’m not quite sure if he’s still got the label or not. Great label and music, in any case. I’ve had my nose stuck in FLD land, so I’ve missed quite a bit going on outside that world.
Chain D.L.K.: Who’s the author of that grinding heart which appears on many covers of Free Love Digi?
Quentin Hiatus: I’m glad you asked. A very talented friend of mine, Aaron Smith from the UK, drew them. I met Aaron about 4 and a half years ago. We created the vision for FLD together. It wouldn’t be what it is without him. Thanks Aaron 🙂
Chain D.L.K.: Many musicians, producers or DJ’s launch their own imprint, in order to feel more free, from an artistic point of view. What if the labels you got in touch regarding Free Love Digi, did not consider the (very good) stuff you’re providing as “marketable”?
Quentin Hiatus: I agree man. Many musicians seek to create an outlet for their full creative spectrum. This is why I created my label Free Love Digi, as well. I wanted the label to be a place where I and others could release music and feel free to do as we wish – within reason, of course. I used to care about “marketability”, but I’ve found that just isn’t for me. That’s not what I care about. I care about spreading great music. The fact that I happen to be pretty good with marketing – that’s a totally different story. I utilize marketing to help my artists reach a larger audience. But we dictate what our fans hear, not the other way round. I’m interested in transforming minds, not catering to them.
Chain D.L.K.: Are you going to keep Free Love Digi a digital label or are there any vinyl’s on the way?
Quentin Hiatus: I’ve toyed around with the idea of physical media. Everyone will have to wait and see.
Chain D.L.K.: Does your “deep” understanding of dubstep/dnb have any connection to the the most intimate voices of soul?
Quentin Hiatus: I grew up with soul music in my home. As I’ve mentioned in previous interviews, my mother’s musical taste has always stayed with me. Gospel, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop were all mandatory in my home, growing up.
Chain D.L.K.: Could you introduce your last two awesome releases – Chocolate Cosmos (I have to confess that I often imagine a raid by angry Oompa Lumpa’s against selfish teens while listening to it, due to its title!) and Passive Boycott – to our readers?
Quentin Hiatus: Haha. Oompa Lumpa’s!!! Yes, man, Chocolate Cosmos was an exploration piece for me. I really just closed my eyes and imagined what I wanted to hear at the time: deep emotion, space and thought. The name “Chocolate Cosmos” comes from a very rare flower found on Earth. Passive Boycott was inspired by the civil rights movement here in the US, in the 60’s. I wanted to make an album that was aggressive, but still had thought-inducing themes, as well. The title track “Passive Boycott” features a dialogue with a prominent civil rights leader, Stokely Carmicheal.
Chain D.L.K.: The intersection between the inner and outer spheres of yourself made me think about some “mystical” acts from the bass-driven music scene. For instance, some wise thoughts about music and art, in general, as a kind of strategy for existence by DJ Spooky. Any connection with “That Subliminal Kid”?
Quentin Hiatus: No direct connection, aside from similar inspiration, I guess. I’m a bit of a thinker and I love to inspire others to think more, as well. For me, music allows me to say things I don’t normally say and reach people I’d never meet otherwise. Sharing my life experience is at the center of my musical processes.
Chain D.L.K.: Can you tell us something about the dubstep and d’n’b scene in the US? What are the main differences between this and the stuff that comes from the other side of the ocean?
Quentin Hiatus: Hehe. I’m not much of help on this topic. I’m a bit of a hermit these days. Recon D&B out of CO, Bassrush, Onset, Soma, Phat Ent, Respect and others hold it down nicely, with great shows and talent. I don’t go to shows or really participate too much in the scene. I’m a dad and husband first. This leaves me little time for going out 🙂
Chain D.L.K.:I won’t ask you the usual question about the state of drum’n’bass, but I’d like to ask you what are the main requirements for being in this genre, in your opinion (both from listener’s and producer’s point of view).
Quentin Hiatus: I’ve always loved drum and bass. There’s nothing else like it on the planet. The energy is fluid and eternal. I find that listeners just need to hear that “one track” that changes the way they hear drum and bass. For many, it’s a hard genre to comprehend. My goal, from a producer’s point of view, is to transform others’ and my own perception of drum and bass. I believe drum and bass can be whatever it wants. I use whatever I need to in order to express myself through my tunes. House, dubstep, neo-sound, hip-hop, techno and whatever else feels right in that particular moment.
Chain D.L.K.:My favorite track on “Chocolate Cosmos” is “Understatement”; all that electronic spacey gurgling! Is it just an exercise of style or is there something else behind it? What did you have in mind while making it?
Quentin Hiatus: I love that one too! Space; that’s what I had in mind. The absence of sound is just as powerful as the presence of it.
Chain D.L.K.:You quoted Zanj Rebellion in another release for Translation Recordings. What’s the connection with “Passive Boycott”? Just a change of policy and sonic strategy?
Quentin Hiatus: Zanj Rebellion refers to a huge revolt African slaves pulled off, back in the day. An amazing story – Google it. Both Zanj Rebellion and Passive Boycott speak for African civil rights and the pursuit for equality around the world.
Chain D.L.K.:Whose voice is it on the title-track? Do you believe in “passive boycott”?
Quentin Hiatus: Stokely Carmichael, Civil Rights leader. He later changed his name to Kwame Ture, I believe.
Chain D.L.K.: Any upcoming releases (by yourself or on your label)?
Quentin Hiatus: I’ve just finished putting together an amazing artist compilation album for my label. So many acquaintances involved! Check out http://freelovedigi.com for details. I’m also finishing my second full length solo album, to come out this year, as well. I’ve also got more singles coming out, together with Onset and Translation, later this year 🙂
Visit Quentin Hiatus online at: quentinhiatus.com