Quincy students release Apple Music single

Music production equipment with Jamaican flag in background.

Quincy University students Nile McLymont and Thiea Shea collaborated this semester to create the single “Whine”.

Whine” is currently streaming on Spotify and is available for purchase on Apple Music. The song was produced in Shea’s dorm room in Padua Hall using his production equipment. McLymont wrote the lyrics, melody, and beat.

“The inspiration for the song came in December, I was at my family’s place. I was just listening to some instrumentals and I caught a vibe from it. The vibe that I got was a type of party vibe, so I just decided to write something that is upbeat,” McLymont said. 

McLymont disclosed that the song takes on inspiration from his native country, Jamaica. Both McLymont and Shea are from Jamaica and are part of the track team at QU. 

Both of the men had prior experience in creating music, having a number of other songs either unreleased or released on Spotify. The artist behind “Whine” is McLymont, while Shea produced and featured in the song.

The duo have different artist names when it comes to creating music. McLymont goes by his first name, Nile, while Shea goes by the name Sleazy.

“I was at home, it was fully Nile’s idea… I was at home and Nile found the beat. Nile wrote the song basically and he was like ‘how does this sound’ I was like ‘oh it’s good but it needs to be better’. So I just kind of added some of my expertise. We just kind of went over it three times, four times when we got back to school, we just put it together and that was it,” Shea said. 

Since “Whine” was released on Apple Music both men will be able to make money off the song. While you can potentially make money using Spotify it is much harder and less direct. When asked about how much profit it looked like the song has made currently they were unsure. 

“Right now, I can’t really say right now how much until the stats come in from the distributors. That usually takes like three months,” McLymont said. 

Although they have not received any money yet, that does not appear to be the biggest thing on their minds regarding “Whine”. 

“When I hear people listening to the song it makes me feel good because people can actually relate to it and people can enjoy the energy coming from it. It feels really good, it feels like an accomplishment,” McLymont said.

Listeners’ enjoyment seems to be the driving force behind the artist’s mind. That goal seems to be attained, as all interviewed, that have listened, showed genuine enjoyment.

“Most of the time when someone sends me music I pretend to like it, but I actually like this song. I really like it, I mess with the vibes of it, Caribbean vibes,” Paden Lewis, a junior at Quincy University, said.

Both artists are currently working on separate projects. However, they are excited for listeners to hear future releases.

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