MF Quinn revives the golden era of tech house with his productions, blending classic grooves with a modern twist. His tracks feature sharp piano stabs, deep tech-inspired bass lines, and captivating vocal hooks, honoring the genre’s roots while sounding fresh and relevant.

In the studio, Quinn is a true craftsman, meticulously shaping beats that resonate with both body and soul, proving that tech house’s essence is timeless.

The “Bad Side EP” showcases Quinn’s meticulous production, combining solid grooves and hard-hitting beats. Each track offers a blend of crisp percussion, deep basslines, and engaging vocal hooks.

With the EP out now we dive into it with MF Quinn.

Can you walk us through the creative process behind your debut EP? What inspired the tracks, and how did you develop them?

“The creative process behind ‘Bad Side’ was both organic and intentional. Each track began with a core concept or vibe I wanted to explore, primarily focusing on musical elements. I drew inspiration from standout tracks on Toolroom Records like ‘Dance To the Music’ by Tony Romera & Low Steppa and ‘Make You Happy’ by Mark Knight, Todd Terry, David Anthony, Darryl James, & James Hurr. These tracks feature great production and are also simple and effective. I love how you can do a lot with key stabs, a groovy bassline, solid drums, and a vocal hook, much like the timeless Motown productions.”

Are there any particular artists or experiences that have significantly influenced your work on this EP?

Definitely. Artists like Eddie Richards and Carl Cox have been major influences, especially their work from the late ’90s and early 2000s. Their innovative use of rhythm and technology set a high bar that I strive to reach. Additionally, recent tech house records from labels like Toolroom have inspired me to blend classic sounds with modern production techniques. Personal experiences, particularly the ups and downs of life in a post-pandemic world, have also shaped the emotional undertones of the EP.

How do you balance your roles as both a DJ and a producer? Do you find that one influences the other?

Balancing my roles as a DJ and producer is an ongoing process, but they definitely complement each other. Currently, I’m focusing on production, but DJing always provides inspiration and new ideas. Whether it’s using a filter creatively to drive a track’s energy or making a build-up, DJ techniques often influence my production approach. Conversely, understanding what DJs look for helps me make my tracks more DJ-friendly.

What do you think sets your sound apart in the tech house scene? Are there specific elements you focus on to create your unique style?

My sound is characterized by deep, groovy basslines, catchy piano rhythms, and captivating vocal hooks. I aim to blend the origins of house music with a modern touch, ensuring my tracks feel both nostalgic and fresh. I focus on creating a balance between simplicity and complexity, using elements like classic drum patterns and contemporary synths to craft a unique sound that resonates with both long-time tech house fans and new listeners.

Can you tell us about any challenges you faced while producing the EP? How did you overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges was finding my unique sound amidst a sea of diverse influences. It’s easy to get lost chasing different trends and techniques. To overcome this, I focused on what truly resonates with me and my vision for tech house. I’ve spent a lot of time learning where and how to find and make sounds that fit the genre but also stand out as unique. Finding your sound is a continuous journey, and that’s what makes the process fun and worthwhile.

How has your musical journey evolved over the years leading up to this debut release?

My musical journey has been a mix of exploration and refinement. Over the years, I’ve experimented with various genres and techniques. I used to be into making down-tempo and lofi, but house music has always been the most joyful yet elusive genre for me to tackle. For the past couple of years, I’ve been studying the genre and learning how to get tracks up to a professional standard from great resources like EDMProd. The process involved a lot of trial and error, but each step brought me closer to understanding what I want to express through my music. ‘Bad Side’ represents a culmination of these experiences, marking a significant milestone in my evolution as an artist.

What message or feeling do you hope listeners take away from your music?

I hope listeners feel a sense of connection and joy when they hear my music. For me, making music is about having fun and getting into a flow state rather than chasing the latest trends. I want listeners to feel the same excitement and passion that I experience when creating music. Whether they’re dancing at a party, relaxing at home, or just enjoying a moment to themselves, I hope my music brings them joy and a sense of connection to something greater.

Can you share any exciting plans or projects you have lined up following the release?

Following the release of ‘Bad Side,’ I have a couple of singles I’m finishing up that I’m really excited about. I’m also planning to collaborate with other artists and perform live to connect with fans directly. Additionally, I’m exploring how emerging technologies can impact music production and distribution, aiming to push the boundaries of tech house further. There’s a lot in the pipeline, and I can’t wait to share more with my audience.

Bad Side EP is out now