Today we’d like to introduce you to Deqn Sue.
Deqn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My dad was in the entertainment business and my parents had me singing in church early. I found performing came naturally to me so I sang in choirs, took theatre classes in school, did musicals, dances classes… anything really to be on a stage. It was a no brainer kinda…. I can’t say it really ever came down to a specific day that I made a cognitive decision to pursue this life. It just happened and I’m still here…. loving it.
I’ve been super blessed and lucky to have done some dope things like being featured on NPR Tiny Desk and having my music used in “Orange is the New Black” and T-Mobile. I’ve come a long way and there’s so much more to do.
Has it been a smooth road?
Ha! I think any entrepreneur/creative can tell you that creating one’s own road is never smooth. Rewarding yes, but never smooth. Learning how to maneuver new territory, something with no handbook can be challenging at times and figuring out where to focus your energy, resources, time can definitely be a struggle.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’m an indie artist. I write quirky alternative pop bops mostly about my experiences, people close to me and random everyday shit I see. I release all my music under both my label, The Pink Donut Shop and my producer, Kelvin Wootens label, Woodaworx. I’m all brick and mortar and as an artist, to be able to navigate how people experience me/my music sonically and visually is very gratifying. Being an artist is a never-ending metamorphosis of intense change and growth, ups and downs all while hoping to write it all down into something palpable.The fact that people fuck with my music, my videos, my clothing designs, ME is wild and I’m honored indeed.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My producer, Kelvin Wooten (@kelvinwootenproducer). He’s worked with sooooo many dope artists most recently J. Cole on his latest single ‘Snow on tha Bluff’. He has a gift of making musical structure out of my brain’s chaos. We make cool stuff together and he’s awesome.
The Dapperdude (@_dapperdude_) out of Huntsville, AL. He and his wife, Keesha (@keeshamakes) are geniuses. They both style me for shoots and they’re so so dope. They take the crazy ideas I have, build on them and make them come to life.
To the dope artists/photographers/creatives, I work with that make creating art fun and fluid, I am so grateful to ya’ll. Jeff Mendoza (@imaginejeff_), Ariana Davis (@prplcarrot) with the graphic work, Dokk Savage (@dokksavage)), Miles Whitmore (@mileskwhitmore) on the camera, Loreal Pride (@lorealjonespride), Karl Pua (@muapua) on MUA and sooo many more. It takes a village for real.
To the people that help me remember why I started on icky days, celebrate with me on awesome ones and cheer me on regardless, ya’ll are the bestest best and ya know who you are. 🙂
- Website: www.DEQNSUE.COM
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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