Quincy Jones compliments Yuna
Malaysian singer got the opportunity to interview legendary producer.
MALAYSIAN singer-songwriter Yuna has garnered many fans, and one of them seems to be the legendary Quincy Jones.
In a Facebook post uploaded on July 8, the 84-year-old music producer wrote: “I’ve spent my career reaching backwards and looking forward ... paying tribute to the teachers and visionaries who came before me while making something new that might inspire another generation of creators.”
Jones has over six decades worth of experience in the entertainment industry. Some of his most notable works include producing Michael Jackson’s wildly successful albums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad.
Jones continues in his post: “Yuna embodies that commitment with her own forward-reaching sound, while paying respect to her influences, and I absolutely love that about her.”
Jones collaborated with audio electronics company JBL and released a special edition line of headphones recently. As part of its promotion, rising stars from a variety of genres were invited to have a conversation with Jones.
“At the launch of my JBL E55BT Quincy Edition Headphones, we had a beautiful time chatting about some of our favourite young musicians that keep us excited for the future! Keep on keepin’ on gurl!” he ended the post.
In the minute-long interview, Yuna asked Jones: “Who in today’s creative class gives you hope for the future in music?”
Jones responded: “I’ll start off with Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars. I like Common, I like Ludacris, I like Esperanza Spalding, Little Joey Alexander, you know he’s from Indonesia. He’s frightening. He’s 13 years old. He plays like Herbie Hancock.”
“It’s beautiful to see these young ones taking music back where it belongs and they are all incredible.”
Yuna later took to Instagram and gushed about the experience. “The best musician in this lifetime! I can’t even believe I get to do this! I was honoured to speak with @QuincyDJones about the contemporary artistes who inspire him.”
Last weekend, the 30-year-old Malaysian singer performed at the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival.
Her most recent work is a collaboration with Tokimonsta on Don’t Call Me.