Mique’s Spin on “New School Liquor House Music”

“I like to call my personal style ‘New School Liquor House Music,'” says artist Mique of Young Bull Music.

New School Liquor House Music. If you didn’t grow up in the “sties”, as Mique says, you might not have heard of it. Liquor House Music was the rhythm and blues-inspired songs that came out of the Prohibition era, commonly heard at places like jukeboxes. In the modern era, names like Al Green and Curtis Mayfield carried the genre, and now young of this generation continue where they left off.

Born in Durham, but raised with his family and grandmother in the rural town of Timberlake, North Carolina, Mique is no stranger to the sounds of R&B.

Mick sat down with WUNC Change channels to explain his style of music and dispel the beliefs of group and solo artists.

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Highlights of the interview

About his family background and experience in Timberlake, NC …

“Yes, I’ve been to church out there, it’s down in the sticks. Every Sunday was like a ritual. I was a crazy young man, [I would] go to church, sing [the] choir with them, my cousins ​​and whatnot. It’s just like it’s a different environment because [it was] a traditional baptist church. Don’t get me wrong if I’m saying the wrong thing to someone else, but like, you know, [it wasn’t] contemporary music, you have your Hezekiah Walker, your James Hall, your Kirk Franklin. Right on the radio the gospel kind of music — you know what I’m saying? My grandmother’s church was more like clapping, stomping.”

On how his life experience influences his sound…

“I mean, it’s basically like my personal style. I get inspiration from the likes of someone like The Dream and then I’ll have like, how Muddy Waters does it, and I’ll get the context of what they’re talking about, but I’m like, I put it on my own sound fusion.

“I definitely think it’s important right now, a lot of people are paying attention. Because you had Elvis Presley, but then you look at where he actually got his music from, he wasn’t the first to do it. He was just covering songs that were already out there by women like the Big Mama Thorton’.

Tamique and Gabe/Solomon Fox performed at their show at Rubie’s at 5 Points in Durham, NC.

About being a solo artist and the origins of the band ‘Young Bull’…


Tamique performs with Young Bull at their show at Rubies on 5 Points.

“I look at it like I’m not doing one thing on the side, I’m trying to achieve that goal and achieve the same things. I mean, yeah, they kind of like two different audiences. , who my music might be trying to reach, as solo artist, and who Young Bull’s music might be trying to reach, but I mean, it’s all in the same spirit. I’m going to squeeze in there like everybody else.”

How ‘Young Bull’ started…

“My dad Gabe — aka Solomon Fox — and I went to high school together, played JV basketball. We decided to do the school talent show. We didn’t win. It was crazy, but we went back to his crib to record a song that we [were] act. And he was playing a song that already [started] writing, I helped him finish the writing. I sang it, we got it out. It went crazy – what we thought was crazy at the time – then kind of everyone else, which is like moving parts and stuff.”

Describing this “Young Bull Sound”…

“I mean, it’s more universal. Like, Young Bull appeases everybody. You could come to a Young Bull show and like it. [audience] it ranges from 5-year-olds to 70-year-olds… And every song might not be for you, but you see where we found a song that’s for everyone.”

As for what’s next for Mique…

“What’s next? Big stuff. Yeah, well, now I mean more music, you know, take a leap. I’m going to take a big leap… It’s time… Infiltrate, train, evacuate.”

Tune into Mique at @youngbullmusic and @unclemique.

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