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QuESt Embraces Fear Not Failure on New Genre-Bending Album

For Miami-based MC QuESt, it’s all about “Fear Not Failure.” That’s his motto in life, and, appropriately, the name of his first proper, full-length release album, which is available now. “I just want people to shed their fears and embrace their failures,” says QuESt. “We fail every single day. Failure doesn't stop us from what we desire. But fear can literally prevent you from everything you want to achieve and more.”

QuESt first popped onto the radar in 2009 as champion of the “Survival of the MCs” contest, where he beat out 660 other hip-hop artists to win a first-look deal with industry mogul Jermaine Dupri and the then-newly-formed TAG Records. After seeing the label fold only a few months later,QuESt maintains a positive attitude about the whole experience. “I learned the process of ‘making it’ isn't a ‘one-two, buckle my shoe’ chess move. It takes hard work and dedication. You have to genuinely love this and have a desire to achieve greatness if you're going to survive in this game.”

The result of that hard work and perseverance is Fear Not Failure, which stays within the element of hip-hop but latches onto other genres – namely dubstep and electro. His collaboration with Brazilian dubstep production crew Mt. Eden, “The Blur,” drummed up a lot of attention on social media sites, grabbing the number one spot on and getting blasted out on Twitter by the likes of Lupe Fiasco. “I’m a huge fan of Mt. Eden,” says QuESt of the production team, who produced five tracks on Fear Not Failure. “Since I’m still new to the genre, I’m still studying and learning about it. But these collabos we did on here are something special.”

Ever the perfectionist when it comes to his music, QuESt reached out to Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Chris Gerheinger, known for his work with Madonna, Drake, and Rihanna, to master the album. “He provided the extra punch and sonic clarity to make the album feel right,” says QuESt. “This album has a big sound to it, so I know I needed to get the best to put the finishing touches on it. I’m very pleased with the results.”

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