When musician Quinn XCII discusses his sophomore album, “From Michigan with Love,” he repeatedly uses one word: mature.
The show, the music
“From Michigan with Love” is something that came with age. The singer-songwriter, born Mikael Temrowski in the Motor City, turns 27 in May. The album explores his problems with depression and anxiety.
“I’m finally understanding what music does for people,” Quinn says. I want to make music that connects to people.”
It is not about making hits, but creating something he—and others—believe in.
Quinn says fans’ positive feedback gives him the courage to continue the mental health conversation.
“I think in today’s world, it’s a prevalent topic and it’s a very important
topic,” he says. “It’s definitely the right time to strike and talk about that stuff.”
Although mental health is an important topic about which he is passionate, the writing process was difficult.
“I wanted to talk about it in an authentic, personal way,” he says. “That was the trick; to shed my personal light on it and words I don’t think were commonly used.”
The former Michigan State University student says the personal light allows fans to see another side of himself.
“The first album showed who I was after I graduated from college and moved to L.A.,” he says. “I asked myself, ‘How do I move forward with my music?’ I feel like this was the next step.”
Quinn will showcase his new music on Tuesday, April 9, at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. It’s a major step forward for the act who previously played clubs.
“I think right now, it’s cool because they (fans) have seen the previous shows, and now they are seeing a more produced show,” he says. “There’s more going on onstage, more music, and it’s more mature. I think I am looking at things differently. I’m getting older and I’m maturing, and I think that naturally affects you as an artist.”
Quinn says he wants his music to mirror his personality and love of the
Wolverine State, hence the title, “From Michigan with Love.”
“It’s important for people to know I’m from Michigan because it’s my home,” Quinn says. “I wanted to shed a little light on people from the Midwest and Michigan.”
Don’t get him wrong, Americans are great as a whole, but Michiganders have their own set of values.
“They are all hard-working and genuine people and I think that’s who I am, and I try to keep those morals and values,” he adds.
Quinn also believes Michigan is where his mental health problems began, thus making “From Michigan with Love” an ideal title.
“It’s been something I’ve been dealing with for a while now and I
don’t think fans expected that from me,” he says. “The process of making that album really made me a smarter writer because it allowed me to be more vulnerable with my stuff and talk about anything else.”
To help with this process, Quinn collaborated with several artists,
including Jon Bellion. “I’ve
“It was really cool to work with people who I can feel safe with. When I make stuff, I try to find people I can trust, and these people are my friends.”
As for Bellion, “He is someone I have looked up to and that was a bucket list thing for me. I was like a student soaking up all of what he does in the studio.”
After a year of writing and producing, Quinn was relieved when the album dropped on February 15. Touring and writing at the same time was a bit much. Now he’s excited to focus on the tour.
“Phoenix fans can expect a fun, energetic bigger show and I’m excited
to show fans the next chapter of not only my
Quinn XCII w/Ashe and Christian French, Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 1.800.745.3000, comericatheatre.com, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, tickets start at $25.