Veteran Denver MC Koo Qua Is Also a Student, Artist and More
Koo Qua performs on the Vinyl rooftop stage at the Westword showcase Saturday evening.
On Vinyl's rooftop over the weekend, it was obvious that she's comfortable on stage. She bounced back and forth, waking the crowd from its boozy, sun-dazed stupor with her fast and heavy words.
"Having this opportunity is always great. I mean, this is a part of my life, and being here four years really adds on to the experience," she says after her early-evening set, downing a cup of water and wiping off brow sweat. "I've been growing every year as an artist."
She was sporting a Viola Extracts shirt as well as socks and a headband with a Koo Qua logo she designed herself. Her outfit hinted at her busy life off the stage. "Right now I'm getting my bachelor's in fine arts. I’m a drawing concentration, so I draw majority of the time. I do a little sculpting as well. I'm getting excited, getting into the technology field," she says. She's been taking Metropolitan State University courses on computer art with a focus in graphic design and animation. "Technology is the future. I mean, I'm trying not to be a starving artist here."
She works over twelve hours a day, going straight from a full day of working at cannabis company Viola Extracts to night classes at Metro. She's a
Her busy schedule can make it hard to fit everything in; right now, work, school and visual art take up her weekdays. "The weekends are normally when I have the
Still, she's hardly overwhelmed. In fact, she's considering adding one more responsibility to her life. "I might get a dog," she says. "I want a Yorkie." For the moment, her sights are set on finishing her college education, creating art and playing music. The dog will come with time, she says. She is, however, thinking of possible names.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.