Homo-Hop Pioneer QBoy Talks With Instinct About "Music Makes Us Dance," First Solo Single In Years
QBoy paved the way for today's homo-hop artists (like Le1f, Angel Haze) when he first hit the airwaves with flagrantly LGBT hip-hop 13 years ago. With a few years since his last new release, the gay luminary of the U.K. music scene has returned to enjoy the fruits of his labor and soaring popularity of homo-hop with a long overdue new single and video, "Music Makes Us Dance" feat. Darkwah.
With a return to form that's exceeded the lofty expectations, we were dying to chat with QBoy (if even for a moment's time) about getting "back on the horse again."
"This is a huge personal triumph as it is the first major release since my last album Moxie in 2009," QBoy tells Instinct. "In that time I dealt with some very difficult and personal issues, including when I very nearly died after my appendix burst and I was hospitalized for some time. So for me, getting this video out there is like 'getting back on the horse' again. Not only that but I wrote and produced the song myself—with some help from my engineer James Hurr—and I co-directed and co-edited the video myself too, so this one creation has a lot of me in it."
"I am a dancer, too," QBoy adds. "It is what I studied at university at degree level. Dancing means a huge amount to me, even more so since I realized that when we get into that zone when dancing, it is a form of meditation—something I experienced when I lived in India a few years back. So, communicating and uniting through dance and music, as simple as it may seem, is how I express myself, it's who I am. The ability dance and music has to bring us together and to bring us closer to ourselves is overlooked sometimes. I wanted to bring some focus to that. It's ancient, it's spiritual, and it's very powerful."
Start meditating with QBoy and an early entry for a hot track of Summer 2014 with "Music Makes Us Dance" below.
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