By Nick Hopton Photos courtesy of James Lowrie
Hailing from the great city of Philadelphia, Teyquil is an emerging artist, writer and musician extraordinaire who has just released his newest track, “Flashy”. From the moment the first notes drop, the vibe and feel bring you right back to the synth covered 80s era of pop music that, so profoundly impacted not only forthcoming musicians, but the world as a whole.
His ability to layer tracks on top of one another, in a way that enhances individual instruments rather than hide them, is a fantastic feat. And though this is very much an instrumentally driven track, the moments that his soulful voice does shine through, bring the entire piece together in a dreamy, ethereal manner.
They beckon with both angst and love, and sit in a way that is a perfect compliment to the song as whole. Speaking with Teyquil, he had this to say about his direction in creating the track: The inspiration for Flashy a lot to do with my love for the 80’s pop/new wave and dance era. Music that’s played loud in a secluded club where all the misfits hangout. That repetitive sequence in the music that keeps you moving and takes you somewhere else other than where you are in real time. I’m inspired by artists of that era. Artists like, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Thompson Twins, Devo, Kraftwerk, just to name a few.
“I’m also inspired by newer artists who produce that 80’s sound…Robyn, The Midnight, Sasha Sloan, FM 84, Tove Lo, The Night Game, Moon Child, etc.”, Teyquil mentions.
Teyquil looks forward to continuing to explore many different avenues of creative expression for many years to come. Follow him on his website and social media channels for updates on his latest projects.