Record Producer & Entrepreneur
The International business man 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 (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.
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 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, 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’s Ras Kwame for his promo track “Make It Happen” which was featured record for some time on the Radio 1Xtra’s website.
Since then Myx has worked with a number of artists across genres on compositions, tracks and lyrical content including H-Boogie, Wiley, Dionne Broomfield, Solange Knowles, Baby Blue, Bashy, Mz. Bratt, Terri Walker, Daniel DeBourg, Nolay and Ghanaian artists Sarkodie, Irene Logan and Efya to name a few.
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 the Qirv group of companies housing Qirv Music – a production division and Qirv Management both homes to singer / songwriter Haidara aka H-Boogie, Qirv Positive – the arm for various charitable activities and Quintessential Avant-Garde (Q.A.G) – a fashion and lifestyle brand.
In additional to this Myx is also owner of Swan & Hyssop which provides reliable and professional cleaning services to both commercial and residential properties in London.
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 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 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.
2011 has seen even further development of the Qirv brand with Quail Manor Estates, fully serviced luxury serviced homes for long and short term let located in prime areas of Ghana with the first project located in Spintex. And also a web and graphics design arm Aptacca Digital & Design which has provided services for the renowned Bishop John Francis and Ruach City Church. The same year also birthed the launch of Glory Roots, an organic cosmetic and health brand also part of Qirv and already building a solid customer base worldwide.
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, and Inspirational YOU, Ghana Music Week and Ghanaian Londoners’ Young Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) to name a few… 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.