Myx Quest, Record Producer, Owner / Founder of Qirv Ventures & Property Developer joins the Inspirational YOU talk at the TNG in Sydenham on Tuesday 9th June 2015
The International businessman with creative flair, Myx Boadi-Alawiye Michael Kofi Quest is a prime example of the new wave of entrepreneur. Best known for his career as an outstanding record producer and manager of Singer – Songwriter Haidara formerly H-Boogie (EMI / Sony ATV, Universal / Island Records, Ministry Of Sound / Hed Kandi, Ultra), younger singer of Grammy winning artist Estelle. This British born Ghanaian has a hub of businesses that sit under the umbrella of what today is called Qirv Ventures Limited. Myx Quest is also an accomplished musician, influential music industry mogul, devout Christian and also dabbles in fashion design as a hobby. Myx possesses the best of both of both worlds creativity and business, having the ultimate win-win situation drawing on both talents giving him the tools to survive rough economic tides and to continue to grow and prosper.
BACKGROUND Born and raised in West London 3rd July 1981, Shepherds Bush, Myx moved to Ghana at the age of 11. This move gave him the opportunity to attend the prestigious Mfantsipim School, a Methodist boarding school situated in Cape Coast, attended by a number of high profile figures including Heads Of State, Ministers and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. During this time Myx was selected to represent Ghana at the Stockholm Water Festival as well as being a key leader in the Ghana United Nations Student Association. Returning to London aged 17 to complete GCSE’s, A-Levels in Mathematics, Chemistry and Psychology and completing higher education in Music Technology and Business, Myx’s educational duties were fulfilled and he began to make his own path.
MUSIC Myx started out in the music industry as a performing artist whilst simultaneously working as a writer and producer for a range of signed, emerging and published artists. His first recording experience was in London, were he started as a recording engineer intern and quickly became the studios main engineer, working with the likes of English R&B and soul singer-songwriter Terri Walker at Poisonous Music. Myx then went on to form his own company formerly known as The Q Entertainment (now Qirv Music) which led to his first releases as a producer and songwriter through Arista / BMG in 2004 for artist Nina Jayne’s hit records “Could’ve Been” and “Anything”. 2 OF 3 Myx then went on to release his first production album “The Q Overdue” independently as a limited edition soft release featuring a number of recording artists and remixes and gaining him more recognition as a talented emerging producer at the time. Myx also received particular support from BBC Radio 1’s Ras Kwame for his promo track “Make It Happen” which was featured record for a few months on the Official BBC Radio 1 website. Since then Myx has worked with a number of artists across genres on compositions, tracks and lyrical content including Haidara (formerly H-Boogie), Wiley, Solange Knowles, Dionne Broomfield, Baby Blue, Bashy, Cleo (formerly Mz. Bratt), Terri Walker and Ghanaian artists Sarkodie, Yaa Pono, Irene Logan and Efya to name a few. May 2009 saw Myx cement his business relationship with EMI Music Publishing inking a deal for singer–songwriter H-Boogie via Qirv Music whose hit record “Love Has Gone” with Dave Armstrong & Redroche is a club dance classic (also vocally produced by Myx Quest). Success continued with the H-Boogie and Get Far single (co produced by Myx Quest) “The Radio” which reached number 1 in the US Billboards Dance Chart in 2010. More recently, in 2014 Myx released his first Gospel / Christian project in the form of an EP titled “Jesus In My Heart Drive”. This features Myx’s production and writing featuring various artists and included the massive single “Creator” featuring The Cokers. Creator was nominated as “Song Of The Year” in the 2014 Prosperity Awards and it’s quirky animation video co-directed by Myx Quest was also nominated as “UK Best Praise & Worship Video” in the 2014 JUMP Release Awards. BUSINESS In July 2004 Myx founded The Q Collective Limited an umbrella company housing The Q Entertainment with support from a number of initiatives including The Princes Trust, Arts Council, One London, Business Enterprise Centre, Portobello Business centre and support from his business mentor Robin Broadhurst CVO, CBE, FRICS. However this did not stop other opportunities coming his way. In 2006, Myx played a pivotal business role in the launch of Music World Entertainment International, owned by none other than Mathew Knowles, manager of the biggest selling girl group in the world Destiny’s Child and father of global Superstar Beyonce Knowles. Developing and pitching the proposal Myx was key to the new venture.
This was to be the international arm of the parent company Music World Entertainment and would focus on territories outside US and Canada. Holding multi faceted roles including Company Director and Operations and Finance Director, Myx played a senior and influential position in the company for over 3 years working between London, Houston and New York regularly. Myx eventually parted ways with Music World to continue the development of his own business. In order to accommodate the expansion of his businesses and maximize it’s potential Myx then went on to restructure and rebrand “The Q” and formed the Qirv Ventures Limited. Qirv currently houses 4 businesses:
- 3 OF 3 – Glory Roots (An Online Health & Wellbeing Store) – Apticca Digital (Web Design / Solutions & Graphics Design)
- Swan & Hyssop (Commercial & Domestic Cleaning)
- Qirv Music (Record Production House) – From 29th June 2012 – 2nd July 2012
Mr Quest and his team organised and funded the first ever exhibition in Ghana of James Barnor’s works, a highly critically acclaimed Ghanaian photographer who’s works have been features all around the world including Tate Modern London, South African National Museum and Harvard University. The exhibitions titled “Ghana – A Heritage Ever Young” showcased pictures on Ghana’s actual day of independence (6th March 1957), other key political moments and general unique images pre and post independence and included the likes of Kwame Nkrumah, Duchess of York and Mohammed Ali.
The event was attended by numerous key figures and launched at the British Council, Accra. In additional to this Myx is also an accomplished Property Developer and has successfully constructed a number of apartments abroad from bare land to completion available for long or short term let or holiday homes. He also regularly consults as a Business Developer for various businesses and companies including Jubail Specialist Hospital, one of Africa’s leading Private Fertility Hospitals based in Ghana. A sort after public speaker, Myx has sat on many panels in music, business and fashion events including Kulture 2 Couture (funded by Mayor of London, City Hall) along side Hip Hop Music Mogul Damon Dash, Inspirational YOU along side various record company executives and the Ghanaian Londoner’s Young Entrepreneurs’ Programme along side CEO of Oakam Ltd (Frederic Nze), Mayor of Harrow and local councillor for Harrow.
Myx is also a member of the Courvoisier Future 500 that nominates and celebrates talented, inspirational and forward thinking individuals in the UK to be part of the private hub. Despite the obvious wealth of activity, Myx still finds time to dedicate himself as a resident musician of Ruach City Church covering various locations. Headed by Bishop John Francis, Ruach is one of the largest and leading churches in Europe and known for it’s outstanding musicianship and praise & worship. He also played an active role in the initiation of the church’s transition to digital and new media by developing it’s first new media / social network integrated website and currently consults on Ruach’s digital record releases. Qirv Ventures is set to develop greatly under Myx Quest’s leadership and expertise. Through his business and music Myx continues to push and progress forward and is an excellent example of a young successful individual building a legacy brick by brick.
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