Quinn XCII

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Quinn XCII
Birth nameMikael Temrowski
Born (1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 26)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated acts
  • Ayokay
  • Chelsea Cutler
Websitewww.quinnxcii.com

Mikael Temrowski[1] (born May 6, 1992), known by his stage name Quinn XCII (pronounced Quinn 92), is an American singer from Detroit, Michigan. He began his career in 2014 when he started writing and recording his own music as a sophomore at Michigan State University, before releasing his debut EP Change of Scenery in May 2015.[2] On September 15, 2017, he released his debut studio album The Story of Us under Columbia Records,[3] with his sophomore album From Michigan with Love set for a February 15, 2019 release.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Mikael Temrowski was born on May 6, 1992 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up listening to the city's Motown musical history.

He met his primary producer and close friend Ayokay in third grade of elementary school and remained close friends throughout high school. Temrowski began attending college at Michigan State University, where he took an interest in writing and recording music as a sophomore.

Career[edit]

2011–2016: Early career and EPs[edit]

Temrowski originally went by the stage name "Mike T" and started uploading videos to the video-sharing website YouTube.[citation needed] He rapped over beats sampled from popular songs before releasing his own original song, "They Know" in 2011, followed by his first extended play Old Fashioned on November 5, 2012. During his attendance at Michigan State University around 2014, Temrowski started taking a more serious interest in writing and recording music. His longtime friend and producer, who goes by the stage name Ayokay, began producing music together, with Quinn XCII rapping over beats Ayokay found off of YouTube.[6] Quinn XCII quickly became a college mixtape sensation, and would begin to travel frequently to Ann Arbor to record new music with Ayokay.

During May 2015, Quinn XCII released his debut extended play titled Change of Scenery, which garnered critical acclaim and millions of online streams. His next single, "Stung", climbed to the #1 position on Hype Machine's Popular Charts. In January 2016, Quinn XCII featured on Ayokay's own single titled "Kings of Summer" which soared to #1 on the Spotify Global Viral Chart where it stayed there for three consecutive weeks, in addition to 25 million streams on Spotify. His collaboration with producer Illenium on a track titled "With You" reached #1 on the HypeMachine Popular Chart and reached #20 on the Spotify Global Viral Chart.

Quinn XCII released his highly-anticipated sophomore EP titled Bloom on March 10, 2016. Shortly after releasing the EP, Quinn XCII went on his first nationwide tour where he performed in 24 cities for over 20,000 fans.

2016–2018: The Story of Us[edit]

On December 9, 2016, Quinn XCII released his new single "Straightjacket", taken off of his upcoming debut album The Story of Us. A non-album single was released titled "Make Time", succeeded by two singles from the album that were released preceding the album's release in 2017, "Fake Denim" and "Worst". The Story of Us was released on September 15, 2017 under Columbia Records. A deluxe edition of the album was released on February 16, 2018, supported by the new single "Iron & Steel".[7]

In April 2018, it was announced that Quinn XCII was added to the management roster of Visionary Music Group through a partnership with his manager Jesse Coren.[8]

2018–present: From Michigan with Love[edit]

Quinn XCII released his first single since A Story of Us titled "Panama" on August 22, 2018,[9] on the music-sharing website SoundCloud. He wrote the song in honor of his four late grandparents, and was later released on all platforms on August 29.[10]

On October 23, 2018, Quinn XCII announced a new upcoming single titled "Werewolf" featuring Yoshi Flower, and was released two days later on October 25.[11] A week later, he released another single "Sad Still" on November 1, centered around the struggles and feelings of dealing with anxiety.[12] He soon announced his sophomore album titled From Michigan with Love via social media on November 5, 2018, which contains the latter two singles. The album was teased for an early 2019 release date.[13] On December 11, 2018, Quinn XCII announced the third single off the album, titled "Tough" featuring Noah Kahan, and was released on December 14.[14]

On November 6, 2018, Quinn XCII announced his worldwide 2019 tour for From Michigan with Love, titled "From Tour with Love". The tour includes shows at 8 cities in Europe and then 30 cities in North America with Christian French and Ashe co-headlining the tour. The tour kicks off in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on February 3, and then the North American leg on February 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana and ends on April 17 in Austin, Texas.[15]

Quinn XCII announced via social media on January 7, 2019 that From Michigan with Love is set to be released on February 15.[16]

Style[edit]

Quinn XCII has been known to blend several different genres of music, including hip-hop, pop, reggae, rock, electronic and soul. His early music had him focused more on rapping than singing. He has listed Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Mos Def, Jack Johnson, Jon Bellion, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, and Chance the Rapper as artists who have influenced him.[17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Story of Us
  • Released: September 17, 2017
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
From Michigan with Love
  • Released: February 15, 2019
  • Label: Columbia

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Old Fashioned (as Mike T)
  • Released: November 5, 2012
  • Label: Independent
  • Digital download
Shlup
  • Released: August 11, 2013
  • Label: Independent
  • Digital download
Change of Scenery
  • Released: April 28, 2015
  • Label: Independent
  • Digital download
Bloom
  • Released: March 9, 2016
  • Label: Independent
  • Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Full Circle" 2015 Non-album singles
"Stung"
"Good Friend"
Bloom
"Straightjacket" 2016
The Story of Us
"Make Time" 2017 Non-album single
"Fake Denim"
The Story of Us
"Worst"
"Iron & Steel" 2018
The Story of Us (Deluxe Version)
"Panama" Non-album single
"Werewolf"
(with Yoshi Flower)
From Michigan with Love
"Sad Still"
"Tough"
(with Noah Kahan)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"100 Degrees"
(KOLAJ featuring Quinn XCII)
2016
Non-album singles
"Sweet Talk"
(ACADEMY featuring Quinn XCII)
"Something from Nothing"
(GRMM featuring Quinn XCII)
Scenes
"Kings of Summer"
(Ayokay featuring Quinn XCII)
4ft to Infinity
"Space"
(Prince Fox featuring Quinn XCII)
2017
Non-album singles
"Winnebago"
(Gryffin featuring Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson)
2018
"Middle Finger"
(Pheobe Ryan featuring Quinn XCII)
"The City"
(Louis the Child with Quinn XCII)
Kids at Play
"Alive"
(YOG$ with Quinn XCII)
Non-album single

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"You Should Get to Know Me"
(Jeremy Zucker featuring Quinn XCII)
2015
Breathe
"With You"
(Illenium featuring Quinn XCII)
2016
Ashes
"One in the Same"
(Ayokay featuring Quinn XCII)
4ft to Infinity
"Giving Up Ground"
(Chelsea Cutler featuring Quinn XCII)
2017
Snow In October
"Queen"
(Ayokay featuring Quinn XCII)
2018
In the Shape of a Dream

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quinn XCII Releases His Highly Anticipated EP 'Bloom'". Verge Campus. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Quinn XCII biography". Last.fm. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Quinn XCII Releases Latest Album "The Story of Us"". Daily News Project. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  4. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/QuinnXCII/status/1059514803302019074. Retrieved November 5, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/QuinnXCII/status/1082427876190826496. Retrieved January 7, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Cohen, Sarah. "Exclusive: Get To Know Quinn XCII And Ayokay [Interview]". The Knockturnal. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Review: Quinn XCII delights on new radio single 'Iron & Steel'". Digital Journal. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Rys, Dan. "Visionary Music Group Bolsters Management Division With New Partnership With Mutual Friends". Billboard.
  9. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/QuinnXCII/status/1032413436725080064. Retrieved November 5, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/QuinnXCII/status/1034847184863121408. Retrieved November 5, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/QuinnXCII/status/1055676022174179329. Retrieved November 5, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/TeamVisionary/status/1058217179521331200. Retrieved November 5, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/QuinnXCII/status/1059514803302019074. Retrieved November 5, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/QuinnXCII/status/1072572285859627008. Retrieved December 11, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Quinn XCII Announces 2019 Tour & Forthcoming Album 'From Michigan With Love': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  16. ^ . Twitter https://twitter.com/QuinnXCII/status/1082427876190826496. Retrieved January 7, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Hey Reddit, Quinn XCII here. AMA". Reddit. Retrieved May 22, 2018.