Catching Up With Ricquee

Catching Up With Ricquee

Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York but I have spent most of my life in Middletown, Connecticut. Majority of my middle school and High schools years.

What’s your background like?

Being from both places have shaped me in an intimate of ways. New York itself is full creativity and independence and I learned that from an early age. How to get the attention of people and make it worth it. CT helped me understand that it’s okay to be different and do things differently than the rest because everyone is so caught up trying to look and be like each other. You definitely got to have a certain level of self-confidence being from CT because there are so many judgemental people out here.

Who are your top 5 favorite artists?

My top 5 favorite artists: Al Green, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, and Beyoncé. Each one of them is unique in there own way and honestly makes me feel like doing things outside of the box.

What made you start making music?

The reason I started making music was because I was listening to the radio and nothing that was playing was something I wanted to hear. So I made songs I wanted to hear and people really liked them. I didn’t expect for people to gravitate to it but I’m glad that they do because I always write stuff from the heart and make sure there is a real connection in my music.

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influencers would be Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Chris Brown, Lauryn Hill, and Beyonce. The talent and pure honesty they give in their music made me really connect with them and they all have different techniques that they perfected. So you immediately know when a song comes on it’s them and you’re not guessing who the singer might be.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

My favorite song at the moment is All Night – Beyonce because it talks about love and the power of it, and the ups and downs of a relationship but you always find your way back to one another. Even though I low-key hate love and I do is write love songs. Love can be a corny thing to talk about.

What keeps you going? How you doing mentally?

What keeps me going are my friends. All of my friends are always so supportive and understanding. Mentally my family keeps me sane. They know me the best and they know how I tick.

How would you describe your style?

I would categorize my music as dirt and foremost as R&B. that’s what I grew up on and that’s what I’m used to. That is literally the backbone of everything I write/record. You got to feel that soul baby. Then pop would fall under that like a mixture of Pop/Soul.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2019?

By the end of 2019, I would love for one of my songs to be on the radio. I don’t care about the streams or the data or even the money. I want people to love my music and groove to it just as much as I do. I want to have a connection with people like I have had with other artists. No one from Middletown has really made it BIG and I don’t care if I’m a one hit wonder. I just want to put my name on the map.

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