September 6th, 2011 14:04 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews CSJQ, Clayton Savage and JayQuan
Everyone who has heard or seen the video for F.U.N., " the infectious and provocative debut single by CSJQ, has a unique way of describing the vibe created by the Virginia-based indie rap/R&B/rock duo of Clayton Savage and JayQuan (www.csjqmusic.com).
Some compare their beats to those of Kanye or Drake. Others focus on some of the heavy metal rock guitar licks. There`s also a certain energy that reminisces the days of OutKast.
And because they`re a little older, wiser and more resume-rich than 20 something chart toppers like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and T-Pain, CSJQ also incorporate the influences of legendary pop/R&B/Rock artists like Prince, TheEagles, Boston, and Rick James.
As the duo prepares for a uniquely staggered rollout of three 4-track EPs "beginning with the August release of The Life--Savage s(u)ms up their appeal in a few simple words: Grown People`s Hip Hop. " He adds: Musically, we`re like a mix between Linkin Park and Outkast, with the secret weapon being JayQuan`s incredible dexterity as a rapper. "
They`ve already been generating a strong buzz via their website and radio interviews overseas in the Netherlands, Iceland, Australia and the UK and are eager to spread the word and the groove to an adult segment of the U.S. hip-hop audience that they feel the pop charts have neglected for too long.
Savage, CSJQ`s songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist (keyboards, guitar, dru(m)s), and JayQuan, who raps, writes, arranges and mans the turntables, feel that the four tracks on The Life EP combine to create the perfect introduction to the diverse sounds they create. F.U.N. " is a b(a)ss-driven funk/R&B throwback track that conveys their attitude that they`re here to stay, not going to take any S*** and have zero tolerance for so-called friends that talk behind their backs. They declare their boundless ambition to live The Life " backed by a seductive, laid back groove, then delve into edgy rock territory to chronicle the deep Physical Pain " of a break up. The final track is a sexy ode to Beautiful Girls, " backed by a club/trance beat.
F.U.N. highlighted at the end of interview
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