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We discovered the music of RQUE about 1 year ago. In that period he told us he was working on an album which was about his personal and spiritual change.
A few months ago he sent us the whole album and we immediately fell in love with it. The album covers versatility of musical influences such as indigenous shamanic sounds, trip-hop beats, and warm guitars. In addition, the album was recorded in an important phase in the young life of RQUEº. The strength of the production process can be traced back to the feeling around personal issues that he translates in this record, like overcoming your fears and put aside and let go of your ego.
In the end, RQUE doesn’t use too many words for it. He believes that you can feel his message through his music.
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Jiddu Krishnamurti explained me what fear is. He is very clear in his teachings on what it is and how to best handle it in life. I try to implement these teachings in the lyrics of my album. I’m expressing that fear is just an illusion you create for yourself. In the album there is also the contradicting story of understanding fear, being at a point that you don’t understand it anymore and eventually that you do. This is a story you have to make yourself, but then again it’s my intent to move the listener to wander of in thought.
This guy is just crazy! He doesn’t care what other people think and just says it like it is. He represents the rebel within me. He gives me the confidence to also not care and not be afraid to do what I want, like making this album. He absolutely inspires me to do what I must do and to follow my dreams.
I think that’s the problem nowadays. People often don’t do what they want, but do things because they think they have to. They don’t have the confidence, only want to play it safe and therefore don’t live up to their full potential. And yes… That’s the trap. Brand tells us that we can be whoever we want to be. Besides that, he is super direct and in your face, has a big mouth and has awesome rhetoric.
This guy has everything. The music. The art. The narrative. The wisdom. He has it all. Everything he makes feels like one big adventure. I am a storyteller as such myself actually. Lucas inspires me to tell these big stories within my own compositions. And he is just one of the best at that.
Also, because he records his sounds from real life objects and whatever he can get his hands on, he creates this beautiful, organic atmosphere. This is the reason why his sounds appear super futuristic and at the same time still sound familiar. I really love that quality in music. You can mess around with it but it’s essence and soul will still be there.
When he has an idea in his head he works in such a way that the music picks it up and takes it to a whole other level. Besides, I always feel like going on an adventure after I’ve seen his work!
British musician Simon Green, also known as Bonobo, inspires me to give my music a natural and acoustic feel. He, of course, also is a great storyteller. Every new album he releases has these three elements but also is a different chapter in his music career and has a very distinct feel to it. ‘Days to Come’ for instance, is very jazzy, while his latest album is oriented towards house and becomes very electronic. And although he represents a wide variety of genres, he managed to keep his own identity and sound. I think that’s genius. He doesn’t stick to a particular genre but instead puts his gut feeling to work. Cool stuff always comes from that. It’s exactly what I do.