In the vibrant city of Charlotte, NC, where “good things start at home,” the local music scene thrives. One exceptional talent that has emerged is MystiQuë, a Charlotte native who has already garnered recognition for her music videos. Recently crowned the Best R&B Music Video victor at the Carolina Music Video Awards for the second time, MystiQuë’s music stands out with its unique blend of classical training and hip hop influences. In this exclusive interview, MystiQuë shares her thoughts on the deep-rooted connection between R&B and Hip Hop, delves into the inspiration behind her name and offers a glimpse into her future plans for her devoted fans.
Ashley: Where are you originally from?
MystiQuë: I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ashley: How did you come up with your name?
MystiQuë: I chose “MystiQue” because it directly represents how I present myself as an artist. The definition of mystique is a fascinating aura of mystery, awe, and power surrounding someone or something. The name Mystique is also one of my favorite X-Men. She has the ability to shapeshift into anyone she chooses. R&B is my preferred genre, but my sound is not limited to one thing.
Ashley: How would you describe your music?
MystiQuë: I consider my music to be Neo R&B.
Ashley: How do you want listeners to feel while listening to your music?
MystiQuë: Sonically, I make it a point to create the soundtrack for those who are and/or attempting to be confident in themselves. I want my songs to be the first pick when people are looking to feel good about themselves.
Ashley: It was documented that you started singing at the age of 3, can you describe the feelings you felt once you realized music was something you were good at?
MystiQuë: That’s a great question! I actually didn’t know I had a gift at first. My older cousin, Ayuana, could hear that I had something special when I would randomly sing around the house. One day she gave me a hairbrush [as a microphone] and put me in front of the mirror. She put on my favorite song at the time and told me to perform for myself. That was the first time I saw what the future held for me.
Ashley: What does your inspiration process look like?
MystiQuë: I am inspired by my reality, whether that be my own experience or through conversation with people. I reflect on what I feel.
Photo credit: (Brown Background): By JR Roseborough (IG: @jrsnare) (Balloon Pink Photo) By Raw Visuals (IG: @rvshotit).
Ashley: What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being in the music industry?
MystiQuë: My favorite thing about being an artist is that I can be who I am. There’s no need for a mask. It is my authentic self. My least favorite thing about the music industry is that art is an emotional/spiritual thing but for you to be “popular” you have to put your baby on a podium for judgment by the consumers.
Ashley: How was your time during the Carolina Music Video Awards this year?
MystiQuë: I always enjoy coming to the CMVA because you never know who you’re going to meet or connect with. I met so many amazing creatives that I look forward to collaborating with in the future.
Ashley: How does it feel being recognized and awarded for your visuals?
MystiQuë: It feels amazing to be recognized for my visuals. Growing up I used to love watching the premiere of some of my favorite artists’ music videos. I only hope that I bring that same excitement to my supporters.
Ashley: What is your favorite thing about the Charlotte scene?
MystiQuë: My favorite thing about the Charlotte scene is that it is definitely a hidden gem. If you don’t look for the opportunities, they will never show their face. It’s up to you to make those connections and find your people. It may take time, but when you finally do, it is completely worthwhile.
Ashley: This year is 50 years in Hip Hop, has hip-hop influenced your art? If so, what figures inspired you the most?
MystiQuë: In my opinion, hip-hop and R&B are the love children of Funk and Soul. I feel I can’t really reference one without the other because they go hand-in-hand in my journey. I have been able to tap into other facets of R&B through changing my lyricism which was a concept, inspired by hip-hop/rap. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with multiple lyricists in the Charlotte area. For example, Kiwi Sweet who is the featured artist on my single “No Restrictions.”
Ashley: What can we look forward to from you in the future?
MystiQuë: My new album “FULL CIRCLE” will be released in the spring of 2024!
Ashley: Is there anything else you want the readers to know?
MystiQuë: If you don’t take anything else away from me, or my music or even if my style isn’t your cup of tea; the only thing I want you to know is that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams. Small steps are always better than no steps at all. If you have a passion, if you enjoy creating or building or want to become an entrepreneur, you can do it. Start today.
MystiQuë’s artistic journey is rooted in her authentic self-expression, as she fearlessly embraces her identity and creates a soundtrack for confidence and self-assurance. With her music serving as a source of inspiration, her introspective approach reflects her reality and connects with listeners on a deep level. While the music industry may come with its challenges, MystiQuë remains true to her artistic integrity, refusing to compromise her vision for the sake of popularity. As she navigates the Charlotte music scene, the “No Restrictions” singer embraces the hidden gem that it is, always seeking opportunities and connections that will further her artistic growth. As she looks ahead, her upcoming album “FULL CIRCLE” promises to showcase her artistic evolution, set to be released in the spring of 2024. Through her journey and music, MystiQuë’s message remains clear: it is never too late to pursue your dreams, taking small steps in the direction of your passion and embracing the power of authenticity.