Tuesday Ten: Yoo Q "Music is Power"

yoo q the dj
yoo q and a-trak
Yoo Q at schimanski
yoo q for Fool's Gold

We introduce to you Yoo Q, who has been bringing hyphy mixes to audiences while on tour with Desiigner to hosting Goldie Awards with A-trak! Scratching records to bringing you the best energy on any dance floor, Yoo Q is the master of ceremony to any get down. Learn more about him here and subscribe to our page to hear more about his upcoming feature on SOYYO Magazine SS '18!

SOYYO: Soyyo means I am me, how do you complete the phrase "I am..."

Yoo Q:  “I am life”. I bring the energy, the vibe, the vision and the love everywhere I go. Whether it’s being the life of the party or the motivation to others, I am who I am.

S:  You've had many exciting appearances since your last interview with SOYYO, how has that helped you grow in your journey?

YQ:  It’s humbling. Still showing that there is more growth to be done and a lot more fun and exciting opportunities out there that can be grasped. It just makes me work even harder to brag a little bit, lol.

S:  What was it like working with A-trak?

YQ:  Ohhh man. So surreal. Like I’m a kid from Harlem that looked up to A-Trak for years and going to his Fool's Gold events to then having him ask me to spin at one and to spin at his Goldie Awards show. It really was like “is this really happening?” “Am I dreaming?”. He’s such a cool individual, very professional and it again was very humbling as well. Fun fact I wore a leather coat on purpose just because I assumed he’d have one on at the Goldie’s.

S:  You have a very interesting story, from your upbringing in Long Island, to Harlem and losing your mom. None of these are easy but you manage to stay positive and radiate light to those around you. How do you find the strength to keep excelling? 

YQ:  I pray every day. I ask my mother in prayer “what can I do more?” “How else can I make you proud?” And somehow or another her answer comes up in an opportunity presented for me. It’s difficult at times. Hell, I even pray before all of my sets like there are my first and last to give me strength and confidence. I’m human I lose my cool or my motivation to keep going but then I snap out of it and look in the mirror and tell myself “no one is going to do this for you.” Everyone is different and I understand that and just push forward and try not to lose my way or even let bad energy get to me.

S:  How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

YQ:  I want them to feel what I’m feeling at the time listening to it or making it. Either happy, nostalgic, the excitement I include my feelings and energy in my music EVERY TIME I play or make music. It’s like giving them the experience with or without me being there.

S:  What are your favorite music venues in New York? Why?

YQ:  Schimanski in Brooklyn. That system and space puts me in a different zone and makes me want to give hard-hitting sounds every chance I get while I’m playing in there.

S:  Do you have a daily regime that gets your day started?

YQ:  Not really. I wake up and maybe throw the office on as background noise while checking the web to see what’s coming out and staying up to date. But I do have a DJ work out schedule I follow to work on my scratches and transitions but it changes at times with me working so much.

S:  Where do you feel most inspired to create music?

YQ:  Simple, my house. I can be watching an anime and hear a sound and take that sound and create or a video game noise that I just have to flip and make an entire track to. It’s my sanctuary.

S:  What's your definition of music?

YQ:  Music is power. Takes you places your mind and body maybe have never been, or brings you back to the moment something happened. Music is life.

S:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

YQ:  I see myself 20 pounds heavier showing my kid (if I have one lol) how a turntable works so I can retire and have them take care of me while I get old lol. But I seriously never want to stop with music so I’ll be doing something with it by then.