Summary

The established Record Producer, qualified Composer, Song Writer, Musician and international businessman with creative flair, Myx Boadi-Alawiye Michael Kofi Quest is a prime example of the new wave of entrepreneur.

Based between London and Accra, Quest has worked with a vast number of major recording artists worldwide with multiple global chart success. Also a businessman; this British born Ghanaian has a hub of businesses which sit under the umbrella of what today is called Qirv Ltd. spanning from Property Development to online store GloryRoots.com (Native & Natural products) and photography affairs specific to the legend James Barnor via way of being a private collector and Board Member of the James Barnor Foundation.

The GUBA Awards Professional of the Year nominee possesses the best of both worlds and excels in both – creativity and business, drawing on both talents giving him the tools to strive and prosper in a 360 degree fashion.

Background

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.

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 major record label 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 been producing and writing for many artists with a list of credits to his name and working within the music industry as a key person within the UK scene. However now his recent quest so to speak is releasing his own material as a Producer-Artist with the featured vocals of various artists. Quest’s forthcoming single titled Tingi Ningi features the super talented Kelvyn Boy, a Ghanaian artist from Stonebwoy’s BHIM Nation camp making huge waves with his current No.1 EP, UK RnB superstar Angel who has recently signed a huge deal with RCA in USA and fresh UK talent Kimarne who has worked with the likes of Stormzy. Global brands such as Versace and Samsung were quick to secure their product placements in the music video which was shot in Portugal and Ghana as the track is expected to have major global success!

 

His last single Tingi Ningi featuring Ghanaian Afrobeats star Kelvyn Boy, UK RnB sensation Angel and fresh UK talent Kimarne was premiered on Capital Xtra by Manny Norte on The Norte Show and added to multiple other playlists on radio stations globally. Meanwhile, the impressive music video which was shot in multiple locations including Portugal, Ghana, UK and Doha has racked up over 100,000 YouTube views on his own channel. The thought provoking new single holds political undertones and touches on social and political issues.

Clearly influenced by an array of genres including Afrobeats, Hip-Hop, Soul, Gospel and Classical Music and after recently completing his Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, he is keen to incorporate composing into his production. When talking about the vision of his music he expresses;

“I want my music, regardless of genre, to be epic, dramatic and cinematic in one way or another. I want to create “sonic-movies!”

In the world of music business and industry, in 2006 Myx played a pivotal 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.

May 2009 saw Myx cement his relationships with Island / Universal Records and EMI Music Publishing inking both record and publishing deals for singer–songwriter Haidara (formerly H-Boogie) via Qirv Music and 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 as well as Number 1 in various countries and charts across Europe.

Discography

Myx has worked with a number of names in the capacity of a producer, writer and / or engineer from a number of countries touching on a wide range of genre influences yet still being consistent with his own sound. Some of them include:

Afronaut Zu | Akelle Charles | Angel | Ayanna Witter-Johnson | Baby Blue | Bashy | Boma Diri | B4Bonah | Cher Blu | The Cokers | Dave Armstrong | Dionne Bromfield | Ella Boucher Emma Stevens | Efya | Frazier T. Smith Fiona Yorke | Gavin Holligan Get Far | Haidara | Hayley Cassidy | Ikechukwu | Incisive | Ingrid | Irene Logan J Appiah | Jai Amore | Jayso | Jordan King | June Ubi | Katy Shotter | Kelvyn Boy | Kimarne | Kwesi Arthur | Luke Smith | Lylo Gold| M.anifest | Marc Talein | Meron Addis | Mista Silva Nicky Brown | Nina Jayne | Princess Nyah | Raph The Message | Rashelle Blue | RedrocheRicci Mitchell | Rina May Project | Sarkodie | Sherry Davis | Solange | Sway | Terri Walker | Watch The Duck | Wiley | Yaa Pono | Zalon 

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 CBE FRICS assigned to Myx via the Royal Princes Trust.

In 2007 Myx restructured and rebranded “The Q” and formed Qirv housing various businesses and brands including Qirv Music, Glory Roots, Apticca Digital and Quintessential Avant-Garde.

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 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…”.

In November 2018, Myx played multiple key roles during the Royal Visit of HRH Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to Accra, Ghana. During the tour, Myx made a private presentation of James Barnor photographs from the original collection from the “Ghana – A Heritage Ever Young”. One of his businesses, Glory Roots, also made a very substantial contribution donating 500 pieces of it’s Shea Butter mix ranges which were included in the Royal Hampers distributed during the exclusive Royal Banquet which was hosted by the Ghana Head of State Nana Akufo-Addo.

Shortly after this Myx Quest and Qirv collaborated on a number of international events to celebrate James Barnor’s 90th birthday. This included a London event in July 2019 held in the prestigious October Gallery of which GUBA was a partner, an event in Paris in June 2019 at the Musée National de l’histoire de l’immigration and then in August 2019 at the British High Commission, Accra, during which the “Ghana – A Heritage Ever Young”  collection was again privately displayed and Quest was personally honoured by James Barnor and Iain Walker (British High Commissioner).

Qirv 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 multi-talented successful individual.

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