South London based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist & producer Quinn Oulton exhibits a raw sound, melding soaring vocals and tangled acoustic textures with abstract electronics. The sound is deeply unique, which is understandable when you consider the journey that he has taken to reach this point in his career.
Quinn picked up the saxophone at a very young age. His thirst for music was nurtured by mentors Julian Joseph and Soweto Kinch – two heavyweights of the UK jazz scene. Although jazz was his focus, he was also surrounded by blues, folk and rock music at home thanks to his dad’s diverse record collection.
His first leap into the world as a solo artist was a self-produced EP in 2017, when he began exploring his own voice and how to manipulate his skills as an instrumentalist to tell a story. These releases earned him a place on the 2018 Red Bull Music Academy. The two week course entirely changed his scope and ambitions, as his eyes were opened to the world of electronic music culture – working alongside legends such as Just Blaze and father of techno Mike Banks (Underground Resistance).
His next EP ‘Long Gone’ (2020) presented a more refined sound as he honed his production skills and pushed his vocal abilities further. The ‘Show Your Face’ EP (2021) showed his strengths when working with collaborators Conor Albert and Demae (of the Touching Bass family), and a new, exciting way of blending traditional jazz and electronic soundscapes. He continues to build on this more alternative sound with 2021’s single ‘Sober’.
His debut album ‘Alexithymia’ is to be released in May 2022, with the campaign kicking off with the first single in January. The project is a deconstruction of the struggle that many young men face when processing and expressing strong emotions, taking the form of a linear story pieced together from many moments of emotional intensity Quinn has faced throughout his life, existing within all types of personal relationships. This is a project that sees the stylistic and textural experimentation from his previous work fuse into a powerfully creative, personal and emotive sound. It includes tracks featuring Moses Boyd and Genevieve Artadi.
Quinn also tours and regularly appears on radio and TV alongside 2020 Mercury Nominee, Moses Boyd.