Record Producer & Entrepreneur
The record producer, song writer and international businessman with creative flair, Myx Boadi-Alawiye Michael Kofi Quest is a prime example of the new wave of entrepreneur.
Recently appointed as President of the reputable MOBA 98 fraternity (UK division) of Mfantsipim School as attended by former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan amongst other key figures and known for his career as an outstanding record producer, writer and manager; this British born Ghanaian has a hub of businesses which sit under the umbrella of what today is called Qirv Ventures. Myx Quest is also an accomplished musician, influential music industry personage, fashion designer and a devout Christian playing an active role in his church (Ruach City Church) as a musician.
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.
Born and raised in West London particularly Shepherds Bush, Myx moved to Ghana after primary school. This move gave him the opportunity to attend the prestigious Mfantsipim School, a Methodist boarding school situated in Cape Coast, Ghana.
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.
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”.
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 for his promo track “Make It Happen” which was featured record for some months on their website.
Since then Myx has worked with a number of artists across genres on compositions, tracks and lyrical content including H-Boogie, Boma Diri, Wiley, Solange Knowles, Bashy, Sarkodie, Irene Logan and Efya to name a few and has recently released his first single “Creator” featuring The Cokers from his EP “Jesus In My Heart Drive”.
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 CBE FRICS assigned to Myx via the Royal Princes Trust.
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 (MWEI), 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 the US and Canada.
Holding multi faceted roles including Director of Operations and Finance, Myx played a senior and influential position in the company for 3 years. In March 2009 Myx parted ways with MWEI to continue the development of Qirv.
In 2007 Myx restructured and rebranded “The Q” and formed Qirv Ventures housing various businesses and brands including Qirv Music, Glory Roots, Swan & Hyssop, Apticca Digital and Quintessential Avant-Garde.
May 2009 saw Myx cement his business relationship with EMI Music Publishing inking a deal for singer–songwriter H-Boogie via Qirv Management whose hit record “Love Has Gone” with Dave Armstrong & Redroche is a club dance classic (also co-written and 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.
Along side this Myx is co-proprietor for his family run school Precious Sanctuary Academy situated in New Achimota, Ghana and also a consultant for the Ghana based Jubail Hospital; a leading private fertility hospital, focusing on new business on an international scale, brand awareness and investment opportunities. Kofi Amaniampong, Head of Finance and son of hospital owner Dr. Amaniampong is also on the board of Qirv Ventures handling affairs in Ghana.
A sort after public speaker Myx has sat on many panels in music, fashion and business, including Kulture 2 Couture where he worked along side Damon Dash, Inspirational YOU, Ghana Music Week, Ghanaian Londoners’ Young Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) and via Qirv was a major sponsor of GUBA Awards in 2011 where he presented an award. Myx is also a member of the Courvoisier Future 500 which nominates and celebrates talented, inspirational and forward thinking individuals in the UK.
On 29th June 2012, Mr. Quest with his business partner Kofi Amaniampong and support from Zandile Blay hosted the first ever exhibition of James Barnor’s works in Ghana. The four-day exhibit held at the British Council, Accra and Silver Bird Lounge, Accra Mall, showcased precious historic and heritage photography captured by James Barnor himself including coverage of Ghana’s actual day of independence on March 6th 1957 and a number of key political and social moments spanning over decades. That particular collection curated by Myx Quest and James Barnor and owned by Qirv continues to be exhibited via “Qirv Presents…”.
Qirv Ventures is set to develop greatly under Myx Quest’s leadership and expertise. Through his business and music Myx continues to push progress forward and be an excellent example of a young successful individual.