"I had a hobby, I turned it into a career, thank God, and I'm just really enjoying my life," Quinn XCII tells AXS. Thanks to Soundcloud, an early devoted following and a knack for the quirky and catcy, the Detroit native was able to take his dormroom hobby from local college fame to a major label deal and headlining tour.
Last year, Quinn XCII (prounounced 92, his year of birth) released his debut album The Story of Us, which told said story through a collage of sonic elements, utilitarily using loops and samples to allow for the coexistence of everything from strings to clicks to choirs to a weird laugh; it's quientisentially multi-genre.
Now propped up on streaming and touring success, Quinn XCII is giving terrestrial radio a go with his current single "Straightjacket" and gearing up for a festival-heavy summer. AXS recently spent a day "On The Circuit" with Quinn while he soundchecked, hung with fans, and prepared for his headlining show at LA's Fonda Theatre. Check it out above.